Advice on bent u-bolts

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by scottw, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. scottw

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    Hi all: I've been lurking here for a while and have received much good advice through that, but here's one I couldn't find by searching:

    My 1987 FJ60 has OME heavy duty suspension, installed in the fall of 2001. I live in Mongolia, and about 80% of my driving is very rough off-road. Not rock crawling, but lots of 30-50 MPH over dirt tracks, washboard, large gravel, etc.

    I noticed recently that the u-bolts in the rear are bent. Is this a problem, or should I ignore it until something fails? Attached is a photo. The front ones look OK still.

    Thanks for any and all advice. Cruiser mechanics are a little scarce in Ulaanbaatar.

    -Scott
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  2. Sixty's Guy

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    They look as though they have been overtightened. Next time, use a torque wrench?
     
  3. WHITCHCOCK

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    more pics

    not just of the ubolts, but mongolia and an fj would be be very cool
     
  4. nikos8

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    Did you bottom out?
     
  5. CruisinGA

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    Looks like the spring plates are pretty severely bent. I would be more concerned about that than the u-bolts.

    IMO get a new set of spring plates and ubolts, bolt it all up and stop thinkin about it.
     
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    Overtightened. New ubolts and plates will get you straight.
     
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    surfpig The Anti-Tech

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    Or do something like this...

    Flip

    Nial
     
  8. scottw

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    Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll order myself some new ubolts and spring plates, or maybe the MAF flip set. Keeping my 60 in good running condition here in Mongolia is often a challenge, since parts and expertise are both in short supply.

    Here's a shot from 2 weeks ago, stuck in a river in northern Mongolia. Had to find a guy with a big, ancient Russian dump truck to pull me out.

    -Scott
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  9. MR.FJ60

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    That is a sweet shot!
     
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    Scott,

    Next time just get a lot of balloons (or tire tubes : ) and fill them up under it : )

    Nice shot. Yeah, use a torque wrench when you get the parts, definatly too tight.
     
  11. Sixty's Guy

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    That pic is now my new Desktop background. Thanks!
     
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    me to desktop!!
     
  13. scottw

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    Glad you guys like the photo. That's a pretty typical landscape for Mongolia. A few yaks in the background and lots of open space. Great country for off-road driving.

    -Scott
     
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