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Old 10-15-2018, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default front end torque specifications

hi sages - what are the torque specifications for the connections to the L100 front knuckle( 4 18mm nuts and bolts and 1 30mm castellated nut on the axle). clippers giving me the run around and want $25. thanks tons bob f

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Old 10-15-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: front end torque specifications

These are settings as quoted in the Haynes Manual...

Strut to steering knuckle bolts/nuts
2001 and earlier models
Step 1: 37 ft lbs
Step 2: 66 ft lbs
Step 3: Tighten an additional 45 to 60 degrees

2002 and later models
Step 1: 37 ft lbs
Step 2: 73 ft lbs
Step 3: Tighten an additional 30 to 45 degrees

Stabilizer bar link nuts: 48 ft lbs
Stabilizer bar bracket bolts: 15 ft lbs

Control Arm
Arm to subframe:
Step 1: 66 ft lbs
Step 2: Tighten an additional 45 to 60 degrees
Balljoint to steering knuckle pinch bolt/nut: 75 ft lbs

Driveaxle hub/nut
Step 1: 74 to 118 ft lbs
Step 2: Loosen nut until it's able to turn by hand
Step 3: 15 ft lbs
Step 4: Turn additional 90 degrees

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Old 10-15-2018, 05:31 PM   #3
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hi floridas- your info was very helpful. the L may be on the road tomorrow. wont test it on thunder road right away. seems to be a bit of disagreement on whether to replace the strut bolts. some say they are only good for one use and they stretch . what think you? thanks tons bob f

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Old 10-15-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
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I couldn't comment but what I can say is that they recommend replacing bolts on the sub-frame if they have been loosened. Most folks re-use them.

It's as though the rest of any L series is pristine these days!?

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Old 10-15-2018, 10:23 PM   #5
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I'll chime in here...
According to the FSM, not only are the sub-frame bolts supposed to be replaced after they've been removed according to the FSM, the cage nuts are also to be replaced. Firstly, they're no longer available as replacement parts in the OEM market. Secondly - and to the best of my knowledge - there is no aftermarket replacement available. So what does one do? I replaced the bolts only. What other choice was there?? (Worse yet, I have no idea how one would replace those cage nuts any way! The FSM says nothing about it, nor does my Haynes Manual.)

After I'd replaced the Rack and Pinion Gear Assy. I rechecked the torque on the sub-frame bolts at the next oil change a few months later and nothing had changed. I've not rechecked it since. Perhaps I'll do a torque re-check when my next oil change comes along - and it's coming very soon.

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Old 10-16-2018, 06:13 AM   #6
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hi pierrot- mea culpa. what are cage nuts and where are they? days plan is to finish the remaining assembly and torque the nuts and bolts especially the ones on the bottom of the strut. then a road test on thunder road. thanks tons bf

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Old 10-16-2018, 11:18 AM   #7
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Cage nuts are used to retain the sub frame to the body. They are nuts with a clip attached to keep them from spinning while tightening the bolts. On a rusty car the clips fail and the bolts are extremely difficult to remove.

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