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Old 09-16-2017, 08:20 AM   #1
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Anyone have this Safe T Plus problem?

Hello everyone! New to the forum here! I'll do the new member pleasantries post later as I'm in a little bit of a crunch. Installed my Safe T Plus steering stabilizer yesterday and ended up with what you see below (sorry about the sideways pics) Instructions say to tighten u-bolts on tie rod bracket to 30ft-lbs. This is what happened when I did. Called the company; the techs were already gone for the weekend (of course). The lady I spoke with (who was super nice by the way) asked me to use calipers and measure the tie rod. It measures 1.640 inches, which is slightly bigger than the 1 1/2 inches that she said it SHOULD measure. Wondering if the "larger" than expected (on Safe T Plus' account) tie rod could cause this? It wasn't that bad to install, but honestly, I don't want to take the thing completely back off until I have to. I won't be driving it until something is resolved. Anyone else had a similar experience? If so, what was the solution? Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:02 AM   #2
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I must be blind but I am sure what is wrong in the pictures. What problem are you having?
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Old 09-16-2017, 12:15 PM   #3
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I agree. Maybe it is the sideways picture but I can't understand your problem. Maybe some new pictures or a written description of the problem.
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After reading your post 2x, I still don't understand what your question is. From what I see in the pictures it looks fine to me. There is a factory video on YT. Maybe watch it to help answer what you're struggling with.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry I can't help with your problem. Keep her between the ditches!

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Old 09-16-2017, 02:15 PM   #6
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If your worried about the bent plate I wouldn't. It sure won't move!
300 lbs seems like a lot for that size u bolt.

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Edit to add. The u bolts spread because they were made for a smaller dia tie rod. I'm surprised the holes were wide enough to get the u bolts through.
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He said 30ft lbs not 300
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The plate looks like it was made with an angle. Look at the point at the bend and the characteristic of the bend....straight. There's a line that could be a few things: a scribe mark, a crack, or just a bending point from manufacturing. What does not look right is the angle of the u-bolt at the plate. It's not perpendicular and that is not good. I don't see a wedge washer on the nut side.
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I think you need to get your torque wrench recalibrated. It took a lot more than 30 to bend that plate. When I talked to STP few months ago they said don't over torque the nuts and bend it and if you do, they said it will continue to come loose. I would call and have them ship you a new plate.
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You don't really think that that plate got bent by those little u-bolts? That plate was bent by at least a 100 ton press. Those bolts would snap at about 60 ft lbs of torque.
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The plate is not as stout as it appears. STP says that their plate can be easily bent by over-torquing the bolts.
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The plate is not as stout as it appears. STP says that their plate can be easily bent by over-torquing the bolts.


That's a1/4 steel plate there is no chance those bolts bent it
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I think they sent you too small of u-bolts. This happened to me on my STP. The u-bolt legs should be parallel not spread apart. Those u-bolts are just muffler u-bolts. Go down to NAPA and by a couple of 1 1/2" u-bolts (or whatever the diameter of the tie rod is). I think they were less than $5 each. The proper size will slide over the tie rod without requiring the legs to be spread apart. It will only take a few minutes to replace the u-bolts, the other end is the more difficult part of the installation. If you have already done the fine position adjustment be sure to mark the u-bolt location on the tie rod to get the set-up back to pretty close.

BTW, the plate comes from the factory with the contour bend seen in the photos - I think allows for better clamping of flat plate to round tie rod.
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I think they sent you too small of u-bolts. This happened to me on my STP. The u-bolt legs should be parallel not spread apart. Those u-bolts are just muffler u-bolts. Go down to NAPA and by a couple of 1 1/2" u-bolts (or whatever the diameter of the tie rod is). I think they were less than $5 each. The proper size will slide over the tie rod without requiring the legs to be spread apart. It will only take a few minutes to replace the u-bolts, the other end is the more difficult part of the installation. If you have already done the fine position adjustment be sure to mark the u-bolt location on the tie rod to get the set-up back to pretty close.

BTW, the plate comes from the factory with the contour bend seen in the photos - I think allows for better clamping of flat plate to round tie rod.
Really? Because in the installation video it is flat.
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