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    Trimming down u bolts...

    When you install new u bolts and have to cut them down, how much thread do you leave above the top of the nuts? You still need enough so you can re-install them, but not too much.

    So whats a good length? 1/2"? 1"?

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    I have about an inch or so above the bolts.
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      #3
      If you want to add some leaves later you should leave that much extra.
      If not there seems no reason to leave any extra to crud up and gall.
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        #4
        Mine are flush and marked with paint pen.

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          #5
          I figured I may need to slip in an add a leaf later so I left an inch extra from top of the nut. First tried with reciprocating saw. Torched 2 blades then went for angle grinder with cut off wheel. Much faster.

          do you guys tighten them in any specific sequence? And do you torque them to a certain ft/lb or just crank them down with the hand of god?

          I got 5/8 u bolts from ruff stuff that are pretty snug but I figure after I put a few miles on it I will have to go back and re torque them

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            #6
            Tighten them opposing corners. Grade 8 5/8s ubolts get torqued to a max of 132 ft lbs.

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              #7
              1/4 to 1/2 in exposed thread should be plenty

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                #8
                Originally posted by Fishnbeer View Post
                I figured I may need to slip in an add a leaf later so I left an inch extra from top of the nut. First tried with reciprocating saw. Torched 2 blades then went for angle grinder with cut off wheel. Much faster.
                Yup, angle grinder has been my go to on u-bolts for sure. Run the nut down, cut it off with a thin blade, bevel the edges with a flap disc or similar, then run the nut back off to catch any burrs.

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                  #9
                  I usually leave the height of the nut sticking out above the nut.
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