"replacement link is too small. Not enough surface area to distribute the load across more of the bolt. The factory link uses a larger joint with two bushings that insert into the joint from each side, creating a load bearing surface of about 1.20", as compared to the 1/2" area of the smaller joint."
The above is suggested from another guy with a lowering link.. Friends with the other guy with a failure.. Would this be a problem? I've never heard of a failure with the lowering link bolt nor have I heard of a stock one failing and now there is mine and one other so it is a concern.. I have a hardened bolt in there now but the one that broke was new and also hardened.. There isn't enough room in there for the 3' breaker bar and not sure there is room for a torque wrench ill change it again this winter and use a hardened bolt... Where is the best place to get the grade 8 as I'm not sure what hardness tractor supply sells.. Thanks
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Sorry if I missed this but did you say where you got the link and who made it?
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