Safe-T-Plus Install Question
I have completed the CHF on our coach and am now in the process of installing the Safe-T-Plus Steering Shock. In so doing, the install instructions for the ANCHOR bracket (which attaches to the drivers side U-bolt) calls for tightening the nuts to 240 foot pounds. I have an air gun that I used to loosen the U-bolts and it didn't seem to struggle much (just a little bit) to loosen them making me wonder if that 240 FP was anywhere close to factory settings.. I used the air gun to tighten the bolts as tight as the gun would make them using a 150 PSI compressor. I set the torque wrench at 100 FP (for starters) and it clicked right away indicating that the air gun got them at least to 100 FP. I then set the torque wrench in increments of 10 additional FP until I got to 175 FP. Believe me, I am not a weakling per se', but no weight lifter either and it took EVERYTHING I had to get that wrench to click at 175 FP.
I do not have the coach on a lift so I am laying on the ground underneath doing this install. I had my foot against the inside drivers tire to achieve as much leverage as possible and pulled like CRAZY to get it to click. I honestly don't think I am going to be successful in getting to 240 FP as noted in the installation instructions. Honestly, I was worried that I was going to either snap a bolt off (probably unlikely) or at a minimum break my torque wrench.
I have a call into Safe-T-Plus and probably won't hear from them until Monday to confirm their torque recommendation.
So here's my questions:
1.) Has anyone installed a steering shock and if so, what was the recommended torque for the anchor bracket bolts?
2.) If the torque was anything close to 240 FP, HOW THE HECK did you accomplish it?
"In the game of life, I have no need for tickets on the 50-yard line, I brought my shoes, I came to play." Unknown
Don and Dale (2015 Tiffin 32 SA with 5ST, CHF, Safe-T-Plus and EEZRV TPMS) RVM106