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U-bolts are common bolts that are used for building construction and/or vehicle suspension like leaf springs. Considered one of the major parts of your leaf spring installation, u-bolts will provide a permanent tie between the spring leaves. When describing what a u-bolt is, one can just look at the shape. With a letter U shape, the bolt features two threaded arms. The primary use of the U-bolt is to connect the axle of your vehicle to the leaf spring pack within the suspension system.
When you remove your existing u-bolts for maintenance, we highly recommend that you replace them with newer bolts. The new u-bolts should be equal measurement. Another reason to replace your existing u-bolts is rust. During time, your u-bolts can become rusty or bend out of shape causing your leaf springs to loosen or your exhaust pipe to rattle. Never reuse your original u-bolts because by doing so can cause fatigue and stretching. Considering u-bolts are a major part of your leaf springs, it is important to replace them when needed.Functions of the U-Bolt include: