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Old 05-31-2016, 11:45 AM   #15
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I use this method: Use your biggest wrenches and tighten as much as you can with the strength you've got. Which will probably turn out to be somewhat less than what is called for in the specifications.

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Old 05-31-2016, 12:48 PM   #16
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Husky firm confirms me that is 260lbs.ft
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Torque umph

Thanks for the Armstrong Torque comments. That's what I've used for years ---- so far so good :-)
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This is slightly off topic but still related.

I carry a 3/4" drive hitch ball socket and a 40" 3/4" breaker bar.

At any AS rally or such I've shared this combo with any one interested in checking the hitch ball nut that has been tightened by some oh yeah that's tight method. Lost count of the number of loose ones, found a couple that were tight and replaced 3 hitch balls that showed damaged threads or shanks from being loose and banging around. Latest ones this past weekend a loose one for a newbie including loose shank bolts and a lets throw that hitch ball away from a veteran tower.

The loosest one could be snugged with channel lock pliers by the owner before I came back with correct socket.
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I've change my ball mount





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Did you tighten the ball? Torque is on the order of 400 foot pounds.
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I've change my ball mount





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I didn't touch the ball, only 2 screws.

When I received the ball mount, the ball was already on place, it seems tight correctly but I haven't check it.
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Actually, for the 1-1/4" shank tow balls, the torque is 450 lbs. ft. (according to Curt).
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I've already tow a caravan with this ball mount without check the tighting of the ball.

I hope it's ok ! I'll check often...
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I've already tow a caravan with this ball mount without check the tighting of the ball.

I hope it's ok ! I'll check often...

Looks like you have more than enough of a torque wrench, good job.

It's not an accurate check but it quickly shows an incompletely tightened ball is to look at the lock washer. ANY gap above or below is immediately suspect.
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Thanks,

The lock washer is perfect, no gap.

I'll make a mark on the nut and on the screw
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I use this method: Use your biggest wrenches and tighten as much as you can with the strength you've got. Which will probably turn out to be somewhat less than what is called for in the specifications.

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Lynn,

Sorry, I haven't seen your message before now...

Thank you for your advize but I'm afraid to loose my ball mount during the towing...

grrrrrr... it should be a nightmare

And a colleague lent me its torque wrench
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It's not an accurate check but it quickly shows an incompletely tightened ball is to look at the lock washer. ANY gap above or below is immediately suspect.


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Gael,

The torque wrench is the final tool, you have a very capable one by the pic.

The gap inspection is just that a quick look that doesn't replace checking with correct tools but it quickly proves it needs attention. Often dramatically. I have used dollar bills to show to the non mechanically inclined.

Did you see your selfie in the chrome?

Nicely done.

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