DVC500 at last wrote: it appears the 4 studs are bending that mounting plate. Must be an optional illusion
Nope, no optical illusion, you're seeing it right... There is a slight concave type deal goin' on there at each mounting stud, but believe me it is far better now with the 1" O.D. spacers spreading the force out than it was with the factory setup... Plus with the rope gasket between there it allows the plate to distort a bit to get the gasket seated well... Those coupling nuts aren't very tight at all, really just snugged up even... I agree on the materials, if I built that entire feeder chassis that particular mounting plate would be more like 3/16" plate to eliminate that... I like to over-build everything as you will see with my custom indoor 4 ton coal bin that is almost complete... I'll be posting pics of it real soon...
Thanks for the observation, you are correct Sir!!!