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Replacing the shock towers on my 96 Bronco.
Do the new ones need to be re-riveted on or can I use a hign grade hex head bolt, lock washer and nut?

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Don't use nylocks use grade-8 1-piece steel locknuts or as a second choice regular nuts and lockwashers.

nylocks have less thread and put more strain on each thread, often stripping out the bolts.
 

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i don't have torque specs in front of me, but i used nylocks on my radius arm brackets and torqued them on without stripping. i think it was around 120 ft/lbs or so. just fyi.
ps. i used lock washers with nylocks.
 

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why would you need shock towers for a 96? Was your bronco written off?
 

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oldhalftons said:
Don't use nylocks use grade-8 1-piece steel locknuts or as a second choice regular nuts and lockwashers.

nylocks have less thread and put more strain on each thread, often stripping out the bolts.
I have always been under the impression that if you use grade 8 Bolts, you must use grade 8 nuts and washers or else you are decsieving{sp?} the purpose.....

Allcruisen :imp :usa

PS I am changing mine also too dual shocks and I will use all grade 8 stuff....
 

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allcruisen said:
I have always been under the impression that if you use grade 8 Bolts, you must use grade 8 nuts and washers or else you are decsieving{sp?} the purpose.....

Allcruisen :imp :usa

PS I am changing mine also too dual shocks and I will use all grade 8 stuff....
The only thing I would cheat on would be the washer, and that is only if I lost the grade 8 washer I had already bought.
 

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no need for rivet. there are 6 rivets originally IIRC in my dual shock towers, if you can replace those with 1/2" gr5 or better bolts you're good to go. I use nylock...ensure they will not lossen, which is your biggest worry.
 

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i just suggest a torch and an air chisel for removal. i can get old ones off, and new ones on in about 2.5-3 hours for the pair now if i torch the shocks off, and torch all the rivits.
 

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shock tower replacement

besides some grade eight hardware, i would think that a good welding seam would be a good idea too. it surely couldn't hurt either.
i would also put a good coating of some kind of sealer or por 15 on the new tower mounts.

good luck.
 

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Steve83 said:
If you ONLY torch on the old tower side of the rivets, it'd be OK. But I'd definitely drill & chisel the new one off the donor.
thats what i do. i could do it form the otehr side, im good with the torch, but the oens on the tower side are easier to get to.
i usually order new ones straight from ford.....
 
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