Subject: Hardware, Bolts, Nuts, Stainless Steel, Sizes, Sources
vag at bavarianparts.com
Thu Nov 8 18:28:17 EST 2001
Christopher Ritchie wrote:
> I use stainless a lot because I hate rust, and I usually have to do my jobs
> over again, so I want to be able to get the fastener off.
> BUT BE CAREFUL - MOST STAINLESS IS GRADE 2 OR LESS. DON'T USE STAINLESS ON
> THE SUSPENSION OR THE BRAKES OR ANYTHING CRITICAL UNLESS YOU GET THE GRADE 8
> STAINLESS (which is hard to find).
> One of the major suppliers (maybe "Totally") of stainless fasteners has a
> warning about this right in the front of their catalog. Most stainless
> fasteners are Grade 2 - they are for show purposes. As Huw said, make sure
> you check for at least Grade 5, if not Grade 8, for a fastener that's
> holding something critical on the car.
Driveline and suspension fasteners are grade 10.9
Exhaust (downpipe back) are grade 8.8, sometimes higher.
All the rest should be VAG parts or their equivalent from a good house
i.e. Lemforder, Febi and the other usual suspects - who probably
outsource their fasteners but do a good QC job.
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