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Old 05-31-2008, 11:21 PM   #15
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It depends on the make of the ball and the size of the shank. Reese states these numbers:

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*When installing REESE hitch balls, torque all 3 4in. shank balls to 120 ft. lb., torque all 1in. and 1-1 4in. shank balls to 200 ft. lb.
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Thanks azflycaster.

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LOCTITE blue not red. you will not get the red loose ever again.
I get red loose all the time. I use the Blue in my guns, flywheel bolts, clutch pressure plate bolts, and hitch ball nuts get Red. Cheater pipe and heat will do wonders, of course I am not working on flying machines.
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:38 AM   #19
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The torque numbers are: 3/4" - 160 ftlb, 1.00" - 250 ftlb, 1.25" - 450 ftlb. If you don't have a 450 lb torque wrench, take it to a truck shop.
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The torque numbers are: 3/4" - 160 ftlb, 1.00" - 250 ftlb, 1.25" - 450 ftlb. If you don't have a 450 lb torque wrench, take it to a truck shop.
or take a 225 pound lineman, a 2 foot long wrench, turn hitch 90 degrees in reciever and jump up and down on the wrench!

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I have a separate ball shank for a utility trailer that I have. Last year I discovered that ball was loose. It must have been loose a long time because the nut was rusted in place so it was not coming more loose but the hole for the ball had worn to a larger diameter. The utility trailer is used for loads up to 4000 lbs. Had it been our Trade Wind the ball stem sliding back and forward could have been disasterous. I checked the hitch receiver/ball for the AS and it was tight but I could get another quarter turn of torque. The hitch ball is the 'weak link' in the hook up.
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or take a 225 pound lineman, a 2 foot long wrench, turn hitch 90 degrees in reciever and jump up and down on the wrench!

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That's exactly what I came up with - but I'm just 225 pounds of old fart. I do use a slight variation - i.e. - a large cresent wrench with a 2'-0" long, 2" pipe extension slid over the handle. I slowly apply my weight, without jumping up and down. I try to finish up with the extension horizontal.
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #23
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. . . - a large cresent wrench with a 2'-0" long, 2" pipe extension slid over the handle. I slowly apply my weight, without jumping up and down. .
Or you could use a 150 ft-lb torque wrench three times

unngh . . . 150
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