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Question Tie-rod sleeve - clamp bolt torque?

I replaced my tie-rods last night.
Going by the list of torque specs for the front suspension, the adjusting sleeve clamp bolts are supposed to be 130ft\lbs??
That's tight!
I started to torque one and there was no way it was going to make it to 130ft\lbs before the bolt broke. The ends of the clamp were touching.

Am I missing something? I double-checked.

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Re: Tie-rod sleeve - clamp bolt torque?

Do you do the alignment yet?
I DO MINE AS SNUG, THEN TIGHT, THEN STRAIN TIGHT, THEN YOUR GOOD TO GO..45-50 IS GOOD ENOUGH BUT I DONT THINK ANYBODY DOES THEM LIKE THAT? WE DO ALIGNMENTS ALL DAY AND I DONT USE A TORQUE WRENCH BUT IM 300LBS AND I GOT SOME BIG OLE FOREARMS!!
YEE HAW THAT ALOTTA TORQUE

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Re: Tie-rod sleeve - clamp bolt torque?

Well, well, well.....

The chart I used was printed out a long time ago, and taped to a shop cabinet. I peeked at it and saw the note... "All are in FT\LBS".
I look at the spec and it says 130ft\lbs. I knew that was far too tight.... it's INCH POUNDS!!
So I double-check the chart here and it says 130in\lbs.

It must have been edited sometime after I printed it to say inch pounds.
I should have double-checked in the chassis manual as well.

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130 inch/lbs converts to 10.83 ft/lbs according to google...

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Re: Tie-rod sleeve - clamp bolt torque?

The 1968 Chevrolet Chassis Service Manual says 130 inch-lbs for the tie rod clamp nut.

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Re: Tie-rod sleeve - clamp bolt torque?

So much for relying on something printed off the internet 6-7 years ago.
I'll let the alignment guy go through them when the day comes anyways.

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