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Anybody have trouble getting axle-flange-to-hub bolts to stay tight?

And are there any heavy-duty replacements available?
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As in all 8 bolts that secure the axle? Have you removed the bolts at one time?
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Sorry, Max, been busy. Yes, all eight. Threads seem sloppy after the first couple of r&r cycles. Also found that aftermarket gaskets don't hold up well; the factory thin paper gaskets hold up best. Aftermarket gaskets were about the same thickness as shirt cardboard and the bolts backed out after about a hundred miles. Pretty unnerving when someone pulls up alongside and points to your greasy, smoking hub.
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The gaskets are suppose to be a metal gasket with a type of rubber material on both sides.

Bolts need to have loc tite of sorts on the bolts. I use liquid teflon on the bolts to hold then. Then torque to proper torque.
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From the dealer parts department the factory gaskets are treated paper, looks like 20lb. bond copier paper with a factory print on it.

Anyhoo, after three or four brake jobs the bolts fit loosely, almost as if they'd been run in and out dozens of times, despite being torqued to spec every time. Blue Loctite(red seemed to tear threads up on my old 91) and clean everything thoroughly with Brakleen, dry with compressed air(backyard mechanic crud has been my downfall before...after too many years fighting it, you learn).

My previous question was about heavy-duty bolt sets, or possibly stud kits(sure makes it easier to reassemble and line up...I converted to studs on the Dana 70). Though the factory studs and nuts on the old Danas used cones under the nuts to keep torque from ovalling the holes in the flanges. I can definitely see the importance.

Hope you're all well, haven't had much time to spend on the Web at all anymore, since the older generation is disappearing one by one... Estate management is getting to be a big PITA. Hope to get back in the saddle with y'all once everything calms down. Best wishes to all. JC.
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