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Old 04-02-2012, 03:31 PM   #31
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Have also drilled thru the nut on one or two of them, it is easier to drill also.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by herk7769 View Post
I am thinking you never really tried this on a trailer hitch ball...
I have done it but I have never torqued one to 450 lb fts. I have just torqued it until it was as tight as I could tighten it. Figured that was enough and have never had an issue. Right or wrong? Probably wrong but never had an issue. The key is to have it "shouldered". My E2 came assembled

I do know this much. Leave it a year and try to get it apart

I will take your word for it that it doesn't work!!

I like the welding and cotter pin method!

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:39 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by mtnguy View Post
Torquing to 450 lbs
where did that Torq information come from ??
never heard that one before

seems kind of high

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:12 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Mountainmanbob View Post
seems kind of high
From Reese: 450 ft/lbs for 1-1/4" nut, 250 ft/lbs for 1" nut

I have a ball with the flats that I use a honk'n big crescent wrench on - I can't imagine trying to torque this beast to 450 without a way to effectively grip the ball. I rotate the ball mount 90 degrees in the truck receiver and let the handle of the crescent wrench come up against a wood block placed in line with its rotation arc. The magic number for the nut is arrived upon via a 3/4 inch breaker bar and that oh so important bit of leverage (pipe).
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:13 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Mountainmanbob View Post
where did that Torq information come from ?? never heard that one before seems kind of high
My manual (page 3) requires the Equalizer ball to be torqued to 430 foot pounds but there is a note that some manufacturer's of trailer hitch balls may require higher.

"Hitch balls require a 1-7/8” socket and a torque wrench capable of approximately 450 ft. lbs. torque for installation. Your nearest Equal-i-zer dealership will have the tools needed and will usually install the hitch ball for a reasonable fee."

I can do further research on your manufacturer if you need it.
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