A: Rod Diameter B: Width Between Legs (inside to inside) C: Leg Length
Leaf Spring U-Bolts by Vehicle
U-bolts are common bolts that are used for building construction and/or vehicle suspension like leaf springs. Considered one of the major parts of your leaf spring installation, u-bolts will provide a permanent tie between the spring leaves. When describing what a u-bolt is, one can just look at the shape. With a letter U shape, the bolt features two threaded arms. The primary use of the U-bolt is to connect the axle of your Ford F150 or Chevy Silverado to the leaf spring pack within the suspension system.
This is one of the most common questions we get concerning U-bolts. When you remove your existing u-bolts for maintenance, we highly recommend that you replace them with newer bolts. The new u-bolts should be equal measurement. Another reason to replace your existing u-bolts is rust. During time, your u-bolts can become rusty or bend out of shape causing your leaf springs to loosen or your exhaust pipe to rattle. Never reuse your original u-bolts because by doing so can cause fatigue and stretching. Considering u-bolts are a major part of your leaf springs, it is important to replace them when needed.
Removing and replacing your existing u-bolts is rather easy. When doing so, make sure your Jeep truck or Toyota Pickup is on a flat, level surface. You will jack one side up and place your truck onto jack stands. Find the damage u-bolt you want to replace. Remove the nuts to the small metal piece that is connecting each part of the u-bolt. Remove it then place the newer u-bolt around the leaf spring. Using two nuts, you will connect the two parts of the “U” with the small metal piece. Using a socket wrench, you will tighten the nuts. Lower your truck and you are finish. Please note, you must always keep the u-bolt nut tight at all times and re-torque the u-bolt within 500 miles after being replaced. This will help when your spring is settling.
So you are ready to get your new or replacement u-bolt for your Dodge Ram 1500 or Chevy Blazer. We offer u-bolts bent to the manufacture including Chevy/GMC, Dodge, Nissan, Ford and Toyota. But if you do not see your measurement there then we will custom bend the u-bolts for your specific vehicle. When ordering a custom bent u-bolt it is important to know the type of measurement you need. First, decide if you need a round, square or semi-round bolt. Then you must get the rod diameter, the inside width and the leg length.