Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:37 pm Post subject: torsion bar installation problem
I have the driverís side torsion bar installed. (1970 bug with double spring plates and 26 9/16 inch bar) The driverís side torsion bar tube on the spring plate has a cap on it. The passenger side its missing the cap. The passenger side torsion barís outside end is proud of the tube about ľ to 3/16 of an inch. It appears that the bar is being deflected out as I tighten up the cover and jack up the spring plate. Makes me think that itís not all the way in on the inside spline. Iíve tapped it a bit with a rubber mallet but havenít solved the problem.
I measured the passenger side distance down the torsion tube to the back of the installed driverís side torsion bar to the lip of the housing on the passenger side. Itís 19 Ĺ inches (see pic). Difficult to tell how much spline is left and if the drivers side torsion bar is in too far on the drivers side, as someone suggested.. Anybody got any measurements that might help me. I have used my flashlight and can see the end of the opposite torsion bar but difficult to determine how much female inner spline is left.
Iím assuming that the cap also helps push the bar in from the outside end when tightening down the cover. Iím wondering if I should weld a cap on the end to help push the bar further into the inside spline. Any tricks for getting a difficult torsion bar into the female inside spline? Thanks. - Gord
well when you have the correct angle you want, you jack up the spring plate so it is sitting on the perch all the while you give the torsion bar a few good wacks , not with a rubber mallet. two pound plus sleg. got to giver some times. cover goes on last.
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