- Aug 15, 2004
- 2010 Touareg Tdi w/factory Tow PCKG
Yeah, I thought 316L a bit of an odd choice for the application too. I have yet to re-attach the Hensley Arrow Cub though, which I feel imposes more torque moment. At this point, I'm not willing to test the limits of 316L for the application, billet or not. I'm just going to add reinforcements to help prevent rotation: I'll have the chain hook 'eyes' flanges recut out of thicker steel and box it in up front with some buttressing. I'm beginning to think that load leveler bars really help because they prevent porpoising which seems to stress this union the worst.I'd definitely keep an eye on the new hitch parts made of 316L. 316L really feels like non-hardened steel when I've galled the threads on a 1/2" 316L bolt/nut combo and had to use a cheater bar to sheer the bolt to remove the nut that was locked in place.
P.S. good thing you were only going 1mph when the Execuhitch let go...