I've just come in from wrestling with my control column installation.
I got my slightly stiff bearing free with very little effort (some penetrating oil and a couple of taps) and secured that side with the nominal washer stackup. With the nut torqued, the column moves as effortlessly as it should.
The issue now is that the other side (with the perfect bearing) stiffens markedly when it's torqued down. I can't seem to find a combination of thick washers, thin washers, and shims that will get it right, though some are slightly better than others. What am I missing?
I'll go back to it tomorrow afternoon and try any suggestions received. Argh!!!!
RV-8 N118KB (sold)
RV-14A #140494 (Finish kit in progress)