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ok guys i just installed my new rear shocks,just wanted to know if i installed correctly,also i had to replace the stock bolts with bolts from a hardware store,due to the stock ones is bit larger diameter for the new shocks so i had to buy a smaller diameter bolts but only very little in diff,do u guys think that would be ok?i don't do heavy loading or heavy towing,or should i get a heat treated bolts?thanks
 

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the shock placement looks the same as mine - not too sure about the bolt though - I would get at least a grade 5. Does it move (no matter how slightly) in the opening? if so then the bolt diameter is not large enough and will destroy the mounting hole.
 

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For sure double check, and if you aren't familiar with fastener markings have a qualified parts person verify that the replacement bolt is equal or better than the OEM fastener.

As far as the bolt diameter is concerned. Could it just be a real tight fit in the rubber bushing of the shock? If so, maybe a little force and some soapy wather might make the OEM bolt fit.

Many stores that sell hardware sell cheaper grade bolts and in this situation would be prone to failure.

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^^^Yeah, what Red Alert said. Be sure you get the toughest bolts (and nuts) available. Ask for the highest grade. These bolts take a lot of torque when tightening and then more when in use. You do not want a bolt breaking on you.

FWIW, bolts from the dealer were less expensive than bolts from Ace Hardware. I cross threaded one of mine and had to limp by with one from Ace until the dealer ordered a couple sets of nuts/bolts for me. The timing wasn't good either. I had to go camping in a remote spot with that bolt from Ace and it did great. But the OEM bolt is going on ASAP.
 

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ok cool thanks guys,but there is no movement at all,im just worried that the bolt might break,as for the oem bolt there is no way i can fit that in without damaging the tread and damaging the shock hole.
 

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i had to replace mine but i found some that were a 9 so i dont worry about it.
 

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Stock Bolts have a 6 so i take it they are a grade 6 and zinc plated I just replaced one of mine with a grade 8 from the HD.
 

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I thought it was a 9 so I used grade 10. At least I think it was grade 10. LOL! Maybe that's why it was so dang expensive.
 

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LOL i guess it could be a grade 9 also depending on how your lookin at it! I used Grade 8 Bolts to mount an engine block to engine stand lesser bolts would snap.

Grade 10 must be made outta the Black Box Material that they put on Planes!!
 
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