Both of my T2X m anuals state what is required; BOLT, HEX HEAD, 5/16 -18 x 1
5/8, SS . What they do not state is bolts should be FULLY THREADED . They
should not be PARTIALLY THREADAD.
----- "w4lde" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Started to mount a new T-2X purchased on 3/3/10 yesterday. Made up all
> of the plugs and checked the rotor out on the ground at the tower.
> Rotor worked properly on the ground
> Dropped the tower and tilted it over so we could install the rotor body
> and mast. We checked the bolts and the tower mounting plate for the
> correct mounting and they aligned OK. The rotor plate is heavy duty 3/8
> to 1/2" thick and welded in place.
> I had only insert the mounting bolts in the body a few turns before
> taking it outside and didn't notice anything unusual. Used some anti
> seize lube' on the bolts.
> My helper (brother) did notice that the rotor body bolt holes seemed a
> little out of the pattern and very close to one edge, however, when
> aligning the body to the rotor plate they look almost dead on. So we
> proceeded, then the trouble started.
> The mounting bolts turned in hand tight about a 1/4 of the way in, not
> free at all and got to the point (1/4 way) that we decided to use my
> small ratchet set.
> Not even 1/2 way in the bolts started to seize and we were very
> reluctant to proceed. I checked the depth of the holes in the body and
> they are free in equal to the length of the bolts.
> We backed out the bolts and lowered the rotor to the ground and again
> tired to insert and screw in the bolts while free of any mounting plate
> with the same results. It almost seems like the threads are not right
> for the mounting bolts or the bolts are two long but we didn't want to
> over tighten. The bolts were in a plastic package so I assume they were
> the correct ones supplied by the factory.
> Looks like we did slightly bend one bolt head and not sure when that
> occurred but I can always get a new bolt locally.
> Any ideas? Your input and help will be appreciated.
> 73 de
> Ron W4LDE
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