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Old 03-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #11
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A rag between the teeth of a pipe wrench and the base of the ball should keep it from getting marred but still give enough bite to get the job done.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:51 PM   #12
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Don't all the balls these days have the squared base that fits into the square notches in the draw bar? Both of mine do and it keeps the ball from rotating as you tighten it..

i have never seen that on real beefy hitches. I have seen it on the home depot and walmart reece 5k hitches.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #13
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Hitch balls require a 1-7/8 socket and a torque wrench capable of approximately 450 ft. lbs. torque for installation.

That is a LONG cheater...
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #14
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The chrome will be wrecked after a few tows.
Get one of these if you like a pretty ball;
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:11 PM   #15
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I think the best way to tighten these things up is to use an air impact gun like a mobile tire man would have.You won't even need to hold the ball it will tighten anyways.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:16 PM   #16
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I think the best way to tighten these things up is to use an air impact gun like a mobile tire man would have.You won't even need to hold the ball it will tighten anyways.
Most hitch manufacturers prohibit impact guns and require accurate torque wrenches for final torques of all bolts (including the ball).
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #17
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Hitch balls require a 1-7/8 socket and a torque wrench capable of approximately 450 ft. lbs. torque for installation.

That is a LONG cheater...
Mine was 2 1/4 in socket
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #18
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That is a LONG cheater...
I figure with my 4' cheater bar, and my almost 200 lbs. of weight, I should be able to get 800 ft/lbs. of torque if I even need it.

Fortunately, I only need 450 ft/lbs to tighten the ball.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:01 PM   #19
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And the answer is....

Wait for it....

A strap wrench!!

Snap-on

BLPSTWR4, Wrench, Strap, 4"

Even a Snap On is only $15.
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Mine was 2 1/4 in socket
Oops. Thought we were talking about the Equalizer Hitch Ball.
My Bad...
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