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Old 21 November 2005, 03:57   #21
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I wouldn’t put the old ‘U’ bolts back on because generally speaking they are not good quality in the first place and because they tend to stretch when originally installed, both of which will shorten their life.

Equally it is difficult to get any real build up of zinc on the threads so stress corrosion could occur even if the exposed part of the thread looks OK.

Get a set of bolt crops (£18) from Machine Mart, they are guaranteed so if you break them they will replace them. Easy to use and bolt crop won’t produce sparks to damage your boat Des
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Old 21 November 2005, 04:41   #22
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hi scary

Its not the U bolts that need to be changed, its the nuts and bolts attacheing the axle to the "sub frame) e.g the U bolt attche this sub frame to the main frame.

I dont have a heat gun or grinder, so if i fail to free, i may get a mate to do this bit for me,,, the rest i know i could do
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Old 21 November 2005, 06:21   #23
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You can get an anglegrinder for about 15 quid these days. It'll be a good investment.
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Old 21 November 2005, 07:16   #24
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jwalker

my mate and i are going to have a look Sat, we will try a bit of force, then move on to the next options you all supplied
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