Re: Should a newly installed crank be tight?
No, this is not normal. Loosen them one at a time to see if you can find a tight one. Then leave that one loose and retighten the others that you loosened and recheck easy turning.This makes sure there is only one too tight.
Also once you can turn the crank, turn it 180 deg from where it is now.Retighten bolts. See if it turns free for a 1/4 to 1/2 turn. If it does, you probally have two caps mixed up, or possible bent crank.
Those where quick checks without having to pull out the measuring tools.
If no clues where given from above, your going to have to mic each bearing and journal. Sometimes they mix a wrong bearing in a box. And sometimes a line bore job causes more trouble then what you started with.
Right now I'm guessing mixed up caps or a cap on backwards.
Can happen to anyone.