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Old 03-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #21
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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.
I couldn't get my strap wrench to hold it tight enough

I put my belt around the ball and clamped in the pipe side of my bench vise and cranked on the nut with a breaker bar.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #22
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Thanks for all of the ideas. Heading to Lowe's today to either get a pipe wrench (need 1 of those around the house, anyway) or see if they might have a strap wrench.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:53 AM   #23
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strap wrench.

strap wrench as shone
might not be the best tool for the job
hard to beat a pipe wrench
grip that ball right
should be minimal scratching

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:32 AM   #24
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the ball sould have two flat places at the base across from each other where you can put a adjustable wrench on it and then put a put a piece of cloth on the end of the wrench and let it rest on the bumper or hitch if possible while turning the nut.

I would install the reciever upside down so the nut is on top and the ball is on the bottom and tighten the ball and nut that way.
you may need an extra hand to hold the wrench and or ball until it gets tight.

I doubt a strap wrench is going to have enough strength the hold it in place
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:53 AM   #25
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the ball sould have two flat places at the base across from each other where you can put a adjustable wrench on it and then put a put a piece of cloth on the end of the wrench and let it rest on the bumper or hitch if possible while turning the nut.
This ball has a completely round base.

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I would install the reciever upside down so the nut is on top and the ball is on the bottom and tighten the ball and nut that way.
I have the WDH installed 1 quarter turn in the receiver so that I can push down to tighten the nut. That way, I can stand on a scale and get the proper torque on the nut.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:18 AM   #26
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You look at the task and think it will be easy but it turns out to be the biggest pain ever. Every time I touch one I curse it!!

I have used a big pipe wrench only because nothing else would work. Usually when trying to remove it though.

Soft jaws in the chuck of the vise would work to clamp onto the ball.

Good luck!
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:32 PM   #27
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And the answer is....A strap wrench!!

Snap-on BLPSTWR4, Wrench, Strap, 4"

Even a Snap On is only $15.
I am thinking you never really tried this on a trailer hitch ball...
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:47 PM   #28
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Update. The strap wrench wouldn't quite hold the ball enough. I ended up putting the strap wrench on the ball, and a pipe wrench on the base, and had the missus do the torquing with the cheater ball. After a little filing the grooves that were made by the pipe wrench, all is good.
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I always ground or cut flats on the base and put it in a vise and tightened with an 18" cresent and cheater bar. Once tight, tack welded on the flats. Always drilled a hole in the threaded portion of the shank, below the nut and inserted 1/8" cotter pin.
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Always drilled a hole in the threaded portion of the shank, below the nut and inserted 1/8" cotter pin.
No room for that. With an 1 1/8" platform, the nut and washer, that takes up pretty much all of a 2 5/8" shank. Torquing to 450 lbs., and rechecking after a couple of uses, the nut backing off should not be a problem.
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