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Old 04-07-2014, 10:17 PM   #11
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If you are going to own a TT you may have to tighten one of these large nuts again. HF will have a set of large sockets for not to bad of a price. They are usually guaranteed as well.

I like mtnguy's idea. That's pretty slick and that's what I would do. But nobody mentioned that you should also use either Blue or red lock-tight on the threads. That's just incase you don't hit the correct torque. A nut with blue LT on it can be loosened with a regular socket. One with red LT will have to be heated. Anytime I'm tightening things on the suspension I always torque and use lock-tight as a safety precaution. That just makes sense to me.

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:18 PM   #12
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Finding an affordable 17/8" thin walled deep socket to fit over the ball shank nut and a wrench to tighten it is proving to be a challenge. Guess Taking it to Terrytown Camper Service Dept and letting them tighten it for a small fee would be a more affordable option. Thanks everyone for your advice. Whew. Didn't know putting a nut on a bolt could be so complicated...

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Old 04-08-2014, 05:11 PM   #13
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My new 3/4 drive impact gun is about 1500 ft lbs.
Wow, had no idea they were that strong, cool (I have just a 3/8" one)

Although in this case, MtnGuy's response is perfect because it's got Science! (and it's a lot closer to free lol)
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The tractor posts have been moved to here: Tractor Hijack from Torque Thread
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Man... way too much thought in this thread....

Wrench the nut down as tight as you can with out blowing out your sphincter and move on... There is typically a lock nut there so it's not like the dang thing is going to come loose...
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:10 AM   #16
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Man... way too much thought in this thread....

Wrench the nut down as tight as you can with out blowing out your sphincter and move on... There is typically a lock nut there so it's not like the dang thing is going to come loose...
Never seen one with a lock nut, but a std nut and a lockwasher. I usually just tightened with it turned 90 in the receiver with a crescent and a pc of pipe and then either drilled and cotter pinned the nut or tack welded the ball or both. Never had one come loose in over 35 yrs of towing a trailer.
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I stand corrected... yes a lock washer...
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:30 PM   #18
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don't they all pretty much rust in place after installation, never to be removed again. Just giver er all you got with the biggest tool you got.
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I have the same hitch, to tighten it I jammed something in the well where the nut is and used a 2 foot stilson with a bar on it at the base of the ball.
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don't they all pretty much rust in place after installation, never to be removed again. Just giver er all you got with the biggest tool you got.
Not always . They can loosen up.

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