Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Dakota QC
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I will tell you my recommendation, and then what I ended up doing. Go to grainger or McMaster Carr, or similar, and get yourself a threaded rod that matches the threads on the dampener bolt. Maybe a foot long or so. Get a nut to fit it and a bunch of washers. Thread the rod into the crank, and when you have your dampener lined up, stack the washers over the rod so they rest on the dampener and just tighten down on the nut. The pain here will be finding a threaded rod to match the bolt, it is metric, and some weird thread like 10X1.5 or 1.25, sorry I don't remember exactly which thread offhand.
What I ended up doing was polishing the crank and inside of the dampener so that they would go together smoothly, tapped the dampener on a little and used the bolt to pull it onto the crank, BIG no no, I know, but I had to keep moving to beat the weather and I was super careful, took a lot of prep time polishing too to make sure it went on without too much force.
I went so far as to try and weld bolts together without much luck. The threaded rod should do the trick. No easy way to get it on that I could think of.