This is my second set of new OER torque rods. I thought maybe the first batch was bad but the second set is the same. I can literally turn the rod by hand, no pipe or anything, 90 degrees and put into place with very little tension. Even in the top notch. There is a thread where someone had same issue and there was a reply of possibly turning rods 360 degrees but wow at 180 these get tough to turn. I've got them in the correct side, rubber sleeve in first etc. The back window is still out but the body and paint is complete. In fact I had the torque rods in before the paint job and when I installed the trunk lid is when I found out the rods are not working! So now I'm concerned about damaging the body. I just wish there was a definative answer!?