Where do I get bolts for the front shocks?

Where do I get bolts for the front shocks?

Postby hamiltonfighter [OP] » August 14th 2013, 2:01pm

One of the bolts for the front shock was damaged upon removal. Does anyone know the part number for theses bolts? Looking to get a cheaper price in the aftermarket too.

This is for a '99 Astro.
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Re: Where do I get bolts for the front shocks?

Postby 97cargocrawler » August 14th 2013, 5:52pm

I would just go to the local autoparts or hardware store and buy another bolt. They tend to carry SAE bolts and if not get the closest thing to it. NAPA always has automotive grade bolts in their bins. If you order one online you'll pay more for shipping than the bolt. You can also just swipe one from someplace else on the van that's not holding something too critical.

Or if you tend to buy a lot of stuff from someplace like McmasterCarr...tack 'em onto an order. Every time I buy stuff from a place that also sells bolts I strain my noodles to see if there's anything I'm low on or might be needing in the near future. Typically when I need a bolt in the middle of a project I have a bag of them someplace in the garage. Finding them...well that's another story.
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Re: Where do I get bolts for the front shocks?

Postby hamiltonfighter [OP] » August 14th 2013, 10:05pm

Already went to NAPA and they didn't have it. The NAPA employee said it was important to get the correct grade bolt. The highest grade most hardware store carry is 8.8. The bolt for the front shock is 10 grade.

I went ahead and got an 8.8 grade bolt and put it on but from what I read it should only be temporary.

I have one more local place to check. I even thought about salvage yard run and getting a few there. I've been wanting to go to the local yard and look at what available since I got the van last week.
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Re: Where do I get bolts for the front shocks?

Postby 97cargocrawler » August 15th 2013, 12:54am

A grade 8 bolt for shocks should be fine. Some people here have used those on ball joints! If it was holding the wheel on I'd say go for a stronger bolt..but even if it snapped you're only missing a shock temporarily. I really doubt it will see those types of forces. But yeah..I'd probably get equal or better too.
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