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Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/13/21 8:50 a.m.

The right rear lower shock bolt went MIA

Can you help?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/13/21 8:55 a.m.

Check yer messages. I just sent you my phone number.

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/13/21 9:04 a.m.

I am sure u guys can figure it out, but I think the bolt is M12x1.5 55mm long. 

99% sure an e30/e36/e46 rear suspension bolt will work as well if u can find one at the bolt store. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/13/21 9:04 a.m.

Five minutes.

Facebook has destroyed nearly all of the forums, but GRM rises above all!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/13/21 9:05 a.m.

Yay, team. 

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/13/21 9:09 a.m.

BMW is M12 according to real oem. Dont have much porsche info access. 
 

I am sure we used on my buddies 944, his was an '88

Slippery
Slippery GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/13/21 9:23 a.m.

Edited first post to reflect correct bolt size. BMW is an option, might need to clean the threads.

dps214
dps214 Dork
8/13/21 9:49 a.m.

Just in case it's not obvious, make sure the other one is tight while you're under there.

84FSP
84FSP UltraDork
8/13/21 9:49 a.m.

Love this team - thx for being awesome

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/13/21 9:51 a.m.

Good to see you're not TOO badly broken. I was worried that something catastrophic might have happened.

Any decent hardware store should have a Grade 8 bolt that will do the job, I'd think?

New York Nick
New York Nick GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/13/21 9:56 a.m.

Probably obvious to this group but a 7/16 will also work, there will be .035" of slop but the shock will be attached. Not sure how much metric hardware there is where you are..

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/13/21 10:04 a.m.

Surely there's an equivalent  Miata bolt they could scrounge from the shop

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/13/21 10:10 a.m.

We're up in the air and trying to source a bolt.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/13/21 10:18 a.m.

Man you, what a great place to breakdown. Not that breaking down is good, but in Keith's area is the silver lining. 

matthewmcl (Forum Supporter)
matthewmcl (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
8/13/21 10:43 a.m.

The underside of your car looks very clean.

dps214
dps214 Dork
8/13/21 11:12 a.m.
New York Nick said:

Probably obvious to this group but a 7/16 will also work, there will be .035" of slop but the shock will be attached. Not sure how much metric hardware there is where you are..

Yeah that's how the threads in the trailing arm disappear forever. Especially since it's threaded into aluminum and needs to be pretty tight to not back out again.

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/13/21 11:14 a.m.

In reply to dps214 :

I'm guessing he thought it was a through bolt with a nut on the other end. Not ideal to undersize but could definitely get you home or to a proper bolt.

New York Nick
New York Nick GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/13/21 11:22 a.m.

In reply to adam525i :

yep, sure did. Sorry. 

however there is nothing tighter than a good cross thread...

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/13/21 11:29 a.m.

You know, the next time I find myself broken down in the said of the road–which I hope never, ever happens–I might try posting here on the forum when I call for tow, just to see who gets there first (my money is on you guys).

Javelin (Forum Supporter)
Javelin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/13/21 11:50 a.m.

Bolt acquired 

From this shop

jfryjfry
jfryjfry SuperDork
8/13/21 11:54 a.m.

Did you make it to Keith's?  
sounds like your suspicion of something amiss in the rear was not the figment of paranoid imagination

tomtomgt356 (Tommy)
tomtomgt356 (Tommy) GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/13/21 12:03 p.m.
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:

Five minutes.

Facebook has destroyed nearly all of the forums, but GRM rises above all!

Less than 1.5 hours from call for help to on the lift!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/13/21 12:14 p.m.
tomtomgt356 (Tommy) said:
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:

Five minutes.

Facebook has destroyed nearly all of the forums, but GRM rises above all!

Less than 1.5 hours from call for help to on the lift!

Hey, they had to check out of the hotel :) I think they were on the lift well before that. 3h from the call and they're on the road.

It's been an interesting morning in a good way. Got to catch up with an old friend and make a couple of new ones. I'll let Javelin continue his story.

14x1.5 85mm, in case anyone's wondering. 

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/13/21 12:16 p.m.
adam525i said:

In reply to dps214 :

I'm guessing he thought it was a through bolt with a nut on the other end. Not ideal to undersize but could definitely get you home or to a proper bolt.

TBH, so did I. And I've owned and done extensive wrenching on 944s. I just forgot. blush

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/13/21 12:50 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

You know, the next time I find myself broken down in the said of the road–which I hope never, ever happens–I might try posting here on the forum when I call for tow, just to see who gets there first (my money is on you guys).

When I broke down on my Rampage Across America I had people offering to drive hours to help me when I was in the middle of nowhere.

 

AAA took forever and the forum responded faster than they did

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