Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Can anyone offer advice regarding stainless bolts
1- Stainless fasteners are about 60-70% the strength of the original steel caliper bolts. Stainless is for corrosion resistance only, NOT strength! I would NOT replace any critical high strength steel fastener with stainless. The stainless fasteners on the LT are the fairing screws, which are black coated stainless, and even then almost none are threaded into aluminum.
2- Stainless steel fasteners in threaded aluminum is asking for big problems, high probability of galling and seizing. Then you have a huge problem, drilling out the seized fastener and installing a thread insert.
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