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Old 10-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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F53 U Bolt Torque

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Looking for the front and rear axle springs u bolt torque for my 99 F53 18,000# chassis. Have searched the forum and net, no luck. Have found the recommended torque table for various size u bolt, would rather have the Ford spec though.

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Had an alignment done on my Dolphin F53, a couple of weeks before trading it in .
Shop told me to get the U-bolts re-torqued within a week to 250- 275 ftlbs.
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That's higher then I thought it would for the front. The charts I have found only show 177 ft lb for 5/8" grade 8. Was yours an early F53?

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1999 chassis. The tech acctually started at 300lbs then talked his way down to 250ftlbs, with a brief stop at 275ftlbs !
Mabe you should hold out for official Ford specs.
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Here is the 1999 suspension torque tables.
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Rear:

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Thank you Bill.

96 Wideglide, looks like the tech was on the right track.

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Those U-bolts had a high torque. I used a real long 1/2 wrench and I think it was about maxed out. BTW, mine were not near torque when I started. Lousy shop job.
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Yeah, I have a long 1/2" that goes to 250, I'll have to break out my 3/4" drive that goes to 500.

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