|Most of our fasteners
are made of "18-8" (300 series stainless steel
having approximately 18% chromium and 8% nickel). The
metric designation is A2. The strength of these fasteners
is between Grade 2 and 3. Stainless steel is a fairly
soft metal and for this reason it tends to gall. Always
use Anti-Seize or a similar product when working with
stainless steel fasteners! If you have never
had a stainless fastener gall on you before, it's not
fun. When a fastener galls, it seizes.
We do not recommend
the use of standard strength stainless on braking
or suspension systems. We offer a line of high
strength "grade 8" stainless fasteners in
12pt and 6pt heads. Always refer to the application
guidelines of the original manufacturer.