Excellent Quality but Difficult to Use
October 05, 2013
This is a well-made, high-quality accessory that follows a "simple but effective" design approach. It is much more difficult to use than it needs to be, however, and I gave it an Average rating for that reason. The first problem I encountered was that the smaller rods won't slide into the longer stainless tubing. Even after drilling out the tubing with a 3/8" drill bit - a difficult task in itself - the smaller rods wouldn't go in without binding. I eventually had to turn them down several thousandths on a lathe to be sure they wouldn't get stuck in the tubes during adjustment. The second issue has to do with the need to drill and tap the tubing for setscrews. Because the tubes are stainless, I found it necessary to first grind a small flat along the side of the tubing so the drill bit could bite without sliding off the crown. After that, the holes themselves required a drill press and lots of care. Bottom line: this installation is probably not for the average home mechanic. I needed a 1/2" electric drill, 3/8" drill bit, bench vise (necessary to hold the rod while drilling to 3/8"), drill press with table clamp, small grinding wheel, and a lathe. I recommend this product due to its excellent price/performance ratio, but with the aforementioned caveats.
- good length for "one size fits all"
- heavy gauge polished stainless
- Excellent price
- Poor instructions
- difficult installation
Yes, I recommend this product.