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Posted June 05, 2017 - 05:43 AM

On my son's White GT2550 one of the spindles broke again , it's made of  cast aluminum ( die cast ? )  When I was taking the broken spindle off I checked the other mounting bolts , the bolts are either self tapping or had threads in for a 5/16" USS bolt depending on who made them . The one spindle you could wiggle the spindle but because the bolt get frozen you take a chance even trying to tightening  them  I  snapped one off then drill through and used a nut and bolt . You can see how the deck holes are getting egged out . I'm thinking of just drilling the new spindles threads out and using nuts and bolts instead , I'll use anti-seize but even if they broke when trying to tightening them or just making sure there tight it would be an easy to put a new one in . On a plus , I could use an oversized washer on top so maybe it would support the aluminum housing better . Any comments or other ideas ?  

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Posted June 05, 2017 - 05:53 AM

Those self tapping bolts are a real pain! The one's I am changing out, I have been going to the new with zerks in them.


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 07:43 AM

Kenny did those bolts break for you when you went to remove them ?


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 08:04 AM

Always! I think the steel bolts corrode to the aluminum housings.


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Posted June 07, 2017 - 09:02 PM

The new spindle came , my son ordered the parts had them shipped to my house . It came without mounting bolts so made the decision easier . Drilled it out for a 5/16" bolts . Found some nuts & bolts , some anti-seize We'll see if it works any better when it comes time to retighten them
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