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    Default loader bolts?

    what type of bolt are you guys running in your loader? stainless bolts and nuts? grade 8 or ?

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    5/16" black oxide with a dab of anti seize. Stainless steel bolts will end up darn near getting welded to the aluminum over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cas View Post
    5/16" black oxide with a dab of anti seize. Stainless steel bolts will end up darn near getting welded to the aluminum over time.
    After reading up on this on Hotboat I switched to the black oxide, but I had never had a problem with stainless for 16 years. Just checked them before every trip to the river ( the had never seize on them) and checked them after the first day. I do the same thing with black oxide and the black oxide tend to back out more than the stainless ever did. I'm going to through bolt them when the boat goes back together.

    In anycase either one will work and you need to watch them regardless.

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    Stainless is fine for the lake boat, but if your getting serious about it, you should consider black-oxide thru bolting.
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    I was told stainless where weak because they cut the threads too far up the head and it causes a weak point.

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    We send out oversize black oxide and instructions with ever loader Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    I was told stainless where weak because they cut the threads too far up the head and it causes a weak point.
    Shaun I sent you a pm on some of you engine build, did you get it?

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    stainless 4 me, bolt through 4 sure no matter what u use

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    Tom, do you have a larger pic of that one on the left showing the loader illustration?

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    I have to do the through bolt project too. Does anybody know what the length of the black oxide bolts should be for a Berk. A starting length would help and I can adjust from there.
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    5/16 x 1 1/4 should be long enough and will leave some thread exposed past the nut. on mine I can't put nuts on the front 2, I run a shorter bolt so it doesn't hit the oil pan. The bolt still sticks out past the boss but not enough for a nut.

    i may just switch to black oxide thats what I was thinking which is why i asked. I usually pull the hardware off in the winter and have never thought about what type of bolt should be in it till this year for some reason.

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    5/16" Stainless countersunk head, allen (internal hex) wrenched. Threaded my back-up plate to matching thread, then jam-nutted atop the backing plate with Nylocks, and anti-sieze on them.
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