Leaf Spring Pocket J-clips/nuts

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by djorgensen3, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA Veteran Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Delray Beach Florida
    Don't do it, get the correct hardware. Shops have done the bolt thing for decades to get the car off the lift and out of the shop back to the customer because it's a business thing for them and they'll probably never see the car again. It really only works if you have an air or electric power tool that will spin fast to get the nut to snug up, if you're using a hand ratchet the bolt will spin and you can't get a wrench on the bolt head inside the body. The next guy who needs to take it apart almost always has to cut the bolt(s) to get the spring pockets out.

    When I see bolts I warn the customer that because someone used bolts in the past that they will almost certainly have to be cut. They will spin because there's nothing holding the bolt head and the nuts won't spin off easily due to rust or galling from over torquing and since it takes even longer to cut the bolts with nuts than grind the heads off the stock type bolts that are used with C nuts there will be additional labor cost depending on extra time required. When people use bolts they're almost always over tightened because "suspension needs to be tight!" and they're not aware and don't look to find the torque spec is only 25 Lb Ft for the stock bolts so they get cranked down "Good N tight".
  2. djorgensen3

    djorgensen3 Veteran Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Peoria, Az
    I have a solution for the spinning bolt problem. I will add a picture because to explain it will be silly without a pic but it will be a few days.
  3. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    You don’t need the nut j-clip or grade 8 nuts. Dont go crazy and over think this. Use the j-clips that are avail. They will work fine and you will never see them.
  4. djorgensen3

    djorgensen3 Veteran Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Peoria, Az
    Here is what I did.


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    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
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  5. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    I just ran grade 8 bolts !!

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