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Am replacing them but don’t know how tight to draw down the nuts. OEM and new NAPA both have non lock nuts and no lock washers. 

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I pulled my oem ones off the other day and had to turn my air gun up to 120psi to get em loose.  I say torque them suckers down till they stop turning. 

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That’s what I was thinking but wasn’t sure. Thx

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1 hour ago, Madcow2020 said:

18 ft/lbs is the spec


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What holds the damn nut on? Loctite?

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The factory nuts are distorted nuts I believe. Meaning they are oval shaped and the distortion adds clamping.

 

The aftermarket are usually nylocks nuts if I am recalling correctly.

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Madcow2020 said:

The factory nuts are distorted nuts I believe. Meaning they are I Alex and the distortion adds clamping.

The aftermarket are usually nylocks nuts if I am recalling correctly.


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my OEM nuts free spin on the bolt - same as the replacement NAPA nut/bolt that I purchased.

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my OEM nuts free spin on the bolt - same as the replacement NAPA nut/bolt that I purchased.


Are you talking about when you don’t have a wrench on the other side?


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40 minutes ago, Madcow2020 said:

 

 


Are you talking about when you don’t have a wrench on the other side?


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no, I can run the nut all the way up the threads til it runs out of threads

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GM uses blue thread locker (medium strength) on the bolt.  17ft.lbs is the torque spec for the nut. 

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Theres no way its 17-18lbs.  Not calling anybody a liar Im just saying that doesn't seem right

 

I just removed and reinstalled mine again maybe 30 minutes ago because I had to replace a wheel speed sensor and I wanted to test this 18lbs of torque spec.  At 18lbs the nuts weren't even tight.  You could still grab the link with your hand and move it around.  You could still move the sway bar by hand.  Its not supposed to be like that.  I hit em with the impact until they wouldnt turn any more.   If it isn't right no big deal as theyre easy to replace

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The only issue with over tightening is it stiffens up the front end. Not a big deal may decrease the ride quality a little and smash the bushings. 17-18 ft lbs is also the spec on a fresh bolt and nut from the factory. To achieve a good torque I would guess that running a tap and die to clean them up would be necessary. Just my thoughts.


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Just put them on. Polyurethane bushings won’t let me bottom out the threads. I tightened town to 20 lb.ft. Let it ride

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