Deck is looking good! 65 and sunny?! It's 32 and freezing rain/snowing here. Sometimes I wonder why exactly I live here.
|KIT.NUT.FLANGE 3 ea||Jacks|
|Pully Driven 1 ea||Jacks|
|Pully mandrill 3 ea|
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|Shaft Arm W lower bearing 3 ea||Jacks|
|Bearing 6024 3 ea||Jacks|
|Felt washer 3 ea||Jacks|
|Bolt blade 3 ea||Jacks|
|Washer lock 3 ea||Jacks||NLA|
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Waiting on all the bits-&-pieces to come in to finalize my plan. I am thinking of tapping the old mandrills and using bolts on them and keep as spares. The new mandrills and parts will be installed, but after installing the self tapping bolts I'll try backing them out and apply anti-seize and tighten them back up. Not sure if tapping them first would be the best choice.Too late now obviously, but it's best to leave those AYP spindle housings in place and just remove the spindles and bearings for service (unless a bearing has spun and hogged out the aluminum casting or something). Invariably, you'll break off one or more of the 5/16-18 self-tapping fasteners trying to remove them.
If you don't use the self-tapping fasteners when installing new spindle housings, you can just tap them to 5/16-18 as the hole is already the proper size for tapping. You can use standard 5/16-18 fasteners from the bolt jar to reattach. Maybe use some helical lock washers for peace of mind...
It's certainly faster to install the thread forming screws with an impact gun, and you don't remove any material from the housing. That said, I'm sure it would be plenty strong for its purpose either way, so I'd just tell people to do what works best for their situation.Not sure if tapping them first would be the best choice.