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How tight should it be
Posted by: kevair1 ()
Date: July 14, 2020 03:03PM

Just slapped together my steering box and everything fits, I have no inch pound wrench so the big hex adjustment screw was tightened until it just snugged up and same for the pitman lash adjuster; no sweat was broken as I know im supposed to be dealing with inch pounds. With the shaft in the vice and using the housing to turn it, it feels smooth and isnt making noise, but turning the shaft by hand requires a bit more strength, partially it being a smaller diameter to grip on to but is this somewhat normal?

The big question is (roughly) How tight/loose should the steering shaft feel on an LM long shaft box?

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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: July 14, 2020 03:09PM

Inch pound wrenches are cheap, buy one and set it to the book.







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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: July 14, 2020 03:21PM

X2. Borrow from a friend or get a loaner from a FLAPS. You do need it to properly set the steering box.

Al
Georgia

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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: thewolfe ()
Date: July 14, 2020 03:56PM

Beam in lb torque wrench can be found for less than $20 on amazon. Do it once, do it right.

Nate Wolfe
Portland OR
65 Corsa 180

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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: July 14, 2020 04:04PM

thewolfe Wrote:
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> Beam in lb torque wrench can be found for less than $20 on amazon. Do it once, do it right.

Correct - if you look under bicycle tools they are common.

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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: July 14, 2020 04:19PM

Now that everyone has said to buy a torque wrench you should be able to turn the shaft by hand using your fingers and not having to grab overly hard. If you don't feel any grittiness you are probably good.

BTW, I own an inch pound beam wrench and do not use it for steering boxes. I use the method I mentioned above and have had no issues.

Ken Hand
Handy Car Care
248 613 8586

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Re: How tight should it be
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: July 15, 2020 08:20AM

My JC Whitless torque wrench only has 3 settings.
1 Grunt, 2 Grunts, and 3 Grunts!
For the steering box, it would be about 3/16 of a Grunt!

grinning smiley

Corventure Dave

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