The different LBJ bolts and why it's important, Prado 90 Series
Toyota Prado 90 Series
THE DIFFERENT LBJ BOLTS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
Also related: FAQ - LBJ inspection
The dreaded LBJ failure is not always due to the LBJ itself!
It can also occur from:
- UBJ failure
- Bad suspension setup causing excessive droop (typically from strut spacers).
- Bolt failure - seen above - from incorrect torque causing bolt stretching or looseness.
Summary of bolt choices, strengths and torque ratings:
Without dust covers:
8x 90105-10406 - green coated flange head bolt - 80nm - tensile estimate 12.9
With added dust covers, use 2 of each per side:
4x 90119-10933 - longer washer-head bolt - 55nm* - tensile estimate 8.8
4x 90105-10505 - red coated flange head bolt - 55nm* - tensile estimate 8.8
* 55nm is the most likely specification, but is not 100% confirmed.
Also note: Alternatively 8x 933 bolts can be used, with a very small risk of 1 or 2 bolts not being able to thread all the way into the hub (very rare). Many Toyota dealerships installed them this way, although it's likely this was to save on ordering costs and complexity (1 pack bolts vs 2 packs).
USA/Canada, 4runners, Tacomas, etc
8x 90105-10406 - As above. Toyota database: 4runner and Tacoma.
8x 90080-10066 - Flange head bolts, made in USA. This seems to be the most common one mentioned online by people in the states (???). Toyota database: Tundra, Sequoia, Lexus RX330/350. Tensile unknown, but I'd expect them to be equivalent to the global market 90105-10406 (80nm).
Neither of those 2 bolts above should be used with dust covers (explained further below).
The 90119-10933 bolts have also been used in the states - often with incorrect torque!
TOYODIY listing and visual comparison of some used bolts:
Why are there different bolts?
In Sep 2000 Toyota introduced dust covers - not to be confused with the ball joint grease boot. Along with this, different bolts were used. The most obvious reason for the change in bolts, is to maintain sufficient bolt thread engagement into the hub - as the dust cover mounting rings will consume a couple mm of bolt thread. The use of a washer head instead of flange, is likely to avoid twisting the dust cover mounting ring. The change in torque rating, is possibly to prevent the mounting rings from being crushed. These reasons may be speculation, but not without reason - for example, a mounting ring was crushed when a higher torque bolt was used.
Destruction test - estimating the torque ratings
Having found some bolts couldn't handle the expected 80nm, I decided to do some testing. This is the bench test - original Toyota bolts threading into 2 nuts, whilst clamping a washer and two rings of steel. Tightening up with a torque wrench, in 10nm stages. Bolts and nuts replaced between each test.
*505 flange-head bolt, red coated - could not handle the higher torque rating of 80nm. Stretching somewhere between 60-80nm. At 80nm, the stretching was very significant.
*406 flange-head bolt, green coated - can easily handle 80nm. Stretching somewhere between 80-110nm. Total destruction somewhere above 130nm.
*933 washer-based bolts, listed as "green coated" but actually black in appearance. Stretches from 60nm onwards. During bench test, very serious stretching occurred around 70nm. On a vehicle test, the stretching was not as serious as the bench test, but definitely still present.
Documentation and workshop manuals
All workshop manuals I've seen for the 90 Series (and enquries from Toyota workshops), have neglected to include information about different bolts, and have claimed a single torque rating of 80nm - dangerous!
An outdated Toyota workshop manual for a T100 in USA, differentiated between non/dust cover models and the respective torque ratings. Apparently later revisions of this manual then neglected to mention the difference - strange!
The two types of flange-head bolts, *406 and *505, whilst having different strengths & torque ratings, have the exact same head markings. So the only difference in appearance is their coating colour.
Length comparison - shorter flange-head bolts vs washer-based bolt:
Again, but with a dust cover mounting ring in place: