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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 07:09 PM
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I used the bolts that came with the BMR arms to mount the HO bar... just looked under the car, and 2 of them are loose. It doesn't appear that the nuts backed off, it looks like the bolts themselves are stretching [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
Last thing I want is that big bar dragging on the road.
What size/type bolts are recommended? Should washers be used?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 08:09 PM
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Originally posted by Defiant:
I used the bolts that came with the BMR arms to mount the HO bar... just looked under the car, and 2 of them are loose. It doesn't appear that the nuts backed off, it looks like the bolts themselves are stretching [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
Last thing I want is that big bar dragging on the road.
What size/type bolts are recommended? Should washers be used?
Thanks
I got mine from a company called Totally Stainless. (In chrome we rust, in stainless we trust). I didn't bother until after one side of my H/A rear bar loosened up. I did actually lose a bolt as a result of poor installation on the installers part, since then he's been 86'd. Check them out, the quality is outstanding and you won't be disappointed. Ask for the Herb Adams/ HO kit. Their located at 1945 Heidlersburg RD Aspers, PA 17304 Phone# 1-800-767-4781 for orders and the regular office # is 717-677-8811 Check them out and don't forget the locktite...............J
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 04:04 AM
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Originally posted by Highway Superstar:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Defiant:
I used the bolts that came with the BMR arms to mount the HO bar... just looked under the car, and 2 of them are loose. It doesn't appear that the nuts backed off, it looks like the bolts themselves are stretching [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
Last thing I want is that big bar dragging on the road.
What size/type bolts are recommended? Should washers be used?
Thanks
I got mine from a company called Totally Stainless. (In chrome we rust, in stainless we trust). I didn't bother until after one side of my H/A rear bar loosened up. I did actually lose a bolt as a result of poor installation on the installers part, since then he's been 86'd. Check them out, the quality is outstanding and you won't be disappointed. Ask for the Herb Adams/ HO kit. Their located at 1945 Heidlersburg RD Aspers, PA 17304 Phone# 1-800-767-4781 for orders and the regular office # is 717-677-8811 Check them out and don't forget the locktite...............J </font>[/QUOTE]This is EXACTLY what I did.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2004, 11:17 AM
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I recently switched from a Hotchkis to an HO rear bar. After reading how an HO bar can cause the BMR arms to break, I decided to upgrade from BMR to the Global West lower control arms. After reading this thread, I ordered the Herb Adams kit from Totally Stainless to replace the bolts that came with the BMR arms. I asked for the Herb Adams/HO kit. The Totally Stainless representative said they only had two choices one for 94-95 and the other for 96 Impala with boxed stock arms. Since the bolts with the 94-95 kit were clearly too short, I ordered the 96 kit. I just received the GW arms and the Totally stainless bolts. The bolts are about 3/4 inch too long (or the thread depth too short)considering the size of the GWs and the HO bar. Did I get the right set of bolts? If so, what did you use to make up the space -metal spacers or stacked washers? Thanks.
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2004, 12:06 PM
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The issue here is that the bolts needed will be different for EVERY set of control arms. Thus, ordering from a place like Totally Stainless for a "kit" isn't gonna help here unless you know exactly what you need.

Myself : just went to the hardware store and picked up the proper length/diameter Grade8 bolts. Sure they aren't stainless, but they work fine for my application and I tend to drop the bar about once/year for one reason or another anyways [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2004, 08:27 PM
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I just installed bolts from Totally Stainless for my GW control arms with HO bar. Took 7/16 x 4 inch long. I cheated and did twice the work. Installed the bar with the fasteners we had on hand - grade 5 - and ordered specific grade 8 bolts from TS. I never thought to ask for a kit, guess this time ignorance was bliss.
I'm sure Ed paid a lot less for his grade 8 bolts though.
BTW: At 4 inches long there is enough thread left for a second nut, just to be sure. If you really want to be totally stainless you will need eight flat washers and four locking washers.
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 08:31 PM
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I already had purchased the correct size grade 8 bolts, washer and nuts from a local hardware store. I was just looking to get stainless and wrongly assumed that if the Totally Stainless 96 kit was being used with the BMR arms and HO bar that it would fit the slightly larger GW bar and HO bar. Live and learn.
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