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C5 suspension renewal project and loctite



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Yellowshark

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Sat 07 Oct 17 19:04

C5 suspension renewal project and loctite


Following my rear spring failure I am going for total renewal and upgrade, so

Front Z51 spring and sway bar
Rear Z51 spring and sway bar
C6Z06 shocks all-round
Plus links, bushes/isolators, new rear and front height adjusters.
New bolts as far as I can see are few and far between (except for ride height adjustment) so I am planning on re-using all bolts.

What Loctite threadlock product would you guys use? - there seem to be so many different numbers and not necessarily all are easily accessible.

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FranV8

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Sat 07 Oct 17 19:50


Loctite 243 is the general purpose thread locker. Use that BUT - what needs threadlocking? If they are nyloc nuts then these should not need threadlock but technically should be replaced with new nyloc nuts.


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2007 Honda UFO

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Yellowshark

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Sat 07 Oct 17 21:53


Well the nuts are 16 years old , did they have nyloc back then I wonder. If I knew what the threads were I might try and get some nuts in advance but I do not, so Loctite seems to me the easiest way to get the job done quickly. I was thinking about going a bit stronger than "general purpose" suggests, as the bolts will unlikely need touching for another 16 years at least. Maybe I am behind the times and everyone uses nyloc these days!

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FranV8

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Sat 07 Oct 17 22:29


Put in place what it came with, if it is a nyloc then refot a nyloc, if not then don't replace with a nyloc. Also, were these threadlocked from the factory? If so do them if not don't.

You can go stronger if you like but I can tell you now, I've got an older car where a stronger Loctite product holds a splined rear hub on a splined axle, using a puller on its own to remove it would result in a broken puller, it needs (by design and the workshop manual for that car) heat to take it off, and I used a MAPP gas torch to do this. If you're using the heavy duty stuff make sure it is an area where you can do this without burning plastic/wiring/rubber bushes etc.


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2007 Honda UFO

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1986 Corvette Z51 Coupe

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roppa440

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Sun 08 Oct 17 17:16

Re: C5 suspension renewal project and loctite


As long as you torque correctly you don't need loctite on anything down there I can think of.

Sway bar end links - get the type with grease nipples. Harder to find but worth it to prevent a squeak.

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Shifty

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Sun 08 Oct 17 18:38


Id love to do the same to mine. Keep us posted.


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