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Old 02-23-2003, 10:24 PM   #1
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Hitch ball torque

Being new at this towing stuff I was reading the Reese setup instruction from their web site, which stated "torque the hitch ball to 450ftlbs. The dual cam head I have does not have clearence between the casting and nut for a socket. How do you get 450ftlbs torque on this nut?

My best guess would be an open end wrench and a long pipe or a 3/4 drive crows foot (do they make such a beast?).

Sure can't do it with the a large import crescent.


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Old 02-24-2003, 04:47 AM   #2
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turn it sideways

apb, you could do what i did

turn your hitch 90 degrees in the reciever and use a 24" cresent wrench, i'm around 225lbs. at 24" from the nut, standing on it = 450 foot pounds!

you might rent a wrench as buying it for a one time use seems a waste. i was able to use one from my work.


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Old 02-24-2003, 05:13 AM   #3
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buying wrench

Buy one from Sears, use it then return it for your money back when you are finished.

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