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Snapped off bolt on receiver hitch install

Discussion in 'Towing' started by silverej, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Jul 7, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    I purchased a Draw-Tite hitch and wiring harness. I installed them myself. For the most part it wasn't a problem. The only problem I had was I snapped off one of the bolts on the bumper mount bracket when I was trying to torque it to 105 lb-ft as the instructions indicated. I didn't get to 105 before it snapped. What is the best way to get this out and is 105 really the right torque cause it seems like a lot.

    Eric
     
  2. Jul 7, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    Yeah, I'd just drill it and go bigger.
     
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    If it's a grade 8 bolt it is going to be a chore to drill for either using an easy out or going bigger, just take your time and get the hole centered.

    If you are going to try an easy out use the short stubby design, they work better then those square shaft or the long spiral ones by far.

    You can see what I'm talking about here

    http://www.acetoolonline.com/Irwin-s/2818.htm
     
  5. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:32 AM
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    Thanks for the help. I will try this. Did anyone have any trouble torquing the bolts to 105 lb-ft? It was a huge pain for me. Not sure why.
     
  6. Jun 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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    multiply by 12. to convert ft*lbs to in*lb.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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    Most of the torques values I have used were for "dry" threads and always torque bolts/nuts dry, except for oil pan/differential/transmission drain plugs. Always "assumed" a drain plug torque value was "wet" torque because there's always a little oil dripping and could not keep it dry.

    We had a few bolt/thread failures on industrial applications after a few months of use due to wet/oiled threads when the nuts were torqued to the dry torque values.
     
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