View Full Version : What type of Stainless Steel fastners?

09-15-2007, 07:44 PM
I need to replace two bolts which hold the strut in place on my older S&S.

I took it off to check it, clean and buff it up a bit in conjunction with replacing the shaft and repacking the seal. The bearings seem like new so I will leave them for now.

One of the bolts was a smaller and longer item - even though all six holes are the same. One of the other bolts has some damaged threads, and rather than chase the threads I would like to replace both bolts. More correctly, I guess these items are called 'machine screws' with a flat-head slot. I think the new ones I ordered have a Phillips head.

I have found some on line hardware suppliers - is this bolt "18-8 Stainless Steel?"

I am trained as an aircraft mechanic, so I know quite a bit about aluminum alloys, but not much about Stainless. I have built a few boats using Stainless wood screws, but I found them to be surprisingly soft.

So - what say? Did I order the right type of fastener?


09-15-2007, 08:24 PM
Most stainless bolts are 18-8. They should be fine.

I bet Lowe's had them in the shelf also. Maybe alittle higher in price though.

09-15-2007, 08:30 PM
Thanks -

I can't drive yet, still on meds. But I want to put this thing together as soon as I'm back on my feet, so I ordered them.

I'll post my results in case others would like to use that site for hardware.