I should mention that my studs were perfect with 69,000 miles on
I did remove them all when I rebuilt the hubs, and did nothing other
loctite them back in when I reassembled the rear suspension. The goal
to keep them from moving - Any sort of metal against metal motion
will cause the aluminum threads to strip eventually.
It will be interesting to see if I have any issues down the
so to speak. If they pop out I will be in for a nasty surprise.
From: Kai M. Radicke [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: June 10, 2005 2:49 PM
To: Robert M. Lang; Navarrette, Vance
Cc: Shannon Muncy; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Helicoil information needed
Bob Lang wrote:
> I actually have seem the studs pull out, but it's pretty rare. In
> fact I have a rather spectacular video of a certain Yellow TR250
> loosing the driver's side hub and outer axle assembly in a hard
> cornering manuever at the autocross at the '97 VTR National in
> Ft. Worth.
I do not think it is that rare, it has happened to me. Five studs on
trailing arm were loose on one of TR6s I used to own, granted my old '74
wide sticky tires and a 7/8" front sway bar, but I didn't autocross it
drive insanely to cause the studs to pull out. I do not remember what
prompted me to check the studs way back when, but I was really surprised
what I found.
I checked some trailing arms I have laying and 5 out of 14 had at least
stud that I could jiggle or get some movement out of (and not because
were not threaded in the entire way).
Checking the trailing arm studs is something I recommend everyone do, it
certainly can't hurt and I think the problem is more pervasive than
perceived... and it may just save you some embarassment and costly
Kai (who wishes he never sold his '74... my '71 and '72s just don't feel
Kai M. Radicke
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