Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Can a RSTB be installed too tight?
I installed a RSTB yesterday, and when I first drilled the holes, something caused the drill to slip and I ended up with the holes on the passenger side being a little out of whack.
Since I didn't want much exposed metal(I don't want rust) and didn't want to bother trying to weld and redrill the holes, I just made them all 1/2" holes and bolted the bar in with 1/2" socket cap bolts.
There is a gap of about 1/4" between the wheel wells and the side mounting spot on the RSTB, so I put a 1/2" layer of 65 durometer rubber type material to fill in the space and make it even.
I had to hammer the bar in there until the material would compress.
Now, once I had the big bolts in I tightened them by hand until I couldn't, then used an impact gun to give nut another rotation.
Like I said, there is a big solid chunk of compressable, but STIFF material, but I'm mostly concerned about the side mounting bolts, since the top mounting bolts would be pushing the RSTB down onto those bolts, and because of the gap between the side, those bolts would pull really tight on the side.
So, long rambling story short, can one of those things be bolted in too tightly? is there a suggested torque rating to tighten the bolts to?
Rest In Peace Mom.