Originally Posted by HamishW96
Any way to make sure this doesn't happen?
based mainly on my inspection of the one broken bolt..
it showed classic fatigue crack, half the snapped fastener surface was brown, the other shiny metal...this means the crack had been developing for some time
I suspect a proper inspection would reveal fatigue cracks, so removing and inspecting one at a time..under magnify and bright light
it would then make more sense to just replace them with new Grade 8 bolts, if they are readily available??
I asked the fellow if he had noticed any sloppiness in steering beforehand,
(as he already had a broken bolt), and he admitted he had
however, as noted by others all 3 bolts can snap at once
can anyone state the thread size and length?..I'm sure its here somewhere
I can call a Fastener Specialist that is local to me
noted in this thread a poster put longer bolts with nuts, cant see any advantage with using nuts
adding a couple of plates outside the chassis to distribute flex would help
that item listed in previous post looks effective
from another forum via google
"7/16-14UNC x 3.75" LG.
Although the bolt measures 4" Lg. the threads clearly stop at 3.75" and the remaining 1/4" is an undersized point for install alignment. Maybe this will help someone in the future. "