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Old 10-23-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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Wrench and socket to torque the tires on a 2017 2800qs

I need to buy a wrench and socket to torque the rims on my unit. What torque wrench and size socket do I need. I do not have any way to determine the nut size. Thanks
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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look up your local Harbor Freight store or go to harborfreight dot com

1/2 inch drive torque wrenches and an assortment of 1/2 inch impact wrench sockets, one of which will fit the lug nuts, will cost you under $50...

look online for 20% off coupons on one item, or sign up for their emails and wait for the stuff to go on sale ans still use the coupon...

Harbor Freight has their detractors, but for something like this you are getting a great deal on good tools...
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:30 AM   #3
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What he ^^ said and possibly a short extension .
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:34 AM   #4
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Be carful of impact sockets as they have thicker walls and on my wheels they won’t fit in the lugnuts.
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:51 AM   #5
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Be carful of impact sockets as they have thicker walls and on my wheels they won’t fit in the lugnuts.
yes, good point...

make sure you get a DEEP WELL socket set... not necessarily an impact socket set...

actually I have a couple of sets of these in my truck and at home... this set usually fits any lug nut installed on my truck AND camper, with 4 available sizes. Pretty handy to have when you need to change a flat.

Also spend another $10 for a 25 inch long breaker bar.



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Old 10-23-2017, 01:08 PM   #6
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remember the longer the torque wrench is, the less effort it takes to use it
the shorter are easier to store but take more effort to use
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:31 PM   #7
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What he ^^ said and possibly a short extension .
I second what he said. Use it on everything you own with highway tires on it.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:33 PM   #8
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I wouldn't trust a Harbor Freight torque wrench as far as I could throw it. I had one that was off by 30%. Threw them all away and bought some CDI ones that are made by Snap On.
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:48 PM   #9
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On my Viking 21RD, I need a 13/16” thin wall deep socket. 3/8” drive sockets are a bit thinner than 1/2” drive sockets.. I needed. a replacement lug nut and that one takes a 1/2” socket. I think I wil change all the lug nuts to those taking a 1/2” socket for the slightly improved clearance.
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A torque wrench is another matter, and it's a good option to apply precise torque on a nut. I don't use one for lug nuts.

For day-to-day use, I have these in my truck:

Heavy-duty lug wrench. The telescoping handle makes it very powerful, yet it collapses nicely to store in the vehicle. Mine, from Walmart, has two double-ended sockets that have a 1/2" drive adaptable to use with a torque wrench--requires a short extension. The sockets fit nicely into the recesses in alloy wheels.

Folding 4-way wrench This is handy to spin the lug nuts while loose--an otherwise tedious process. It, too, stores easily.

Both fit everything I've owned thus far since I bought them: 4 cars - Isuzu Rodeo, Ford Explorer, Dodge Ram 1500, Toyota RAV 4 - and two PUPS.
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I always use a torque wrench for lug nuts on all my vehicles and trailers however I don't usually carry one with me when I travel.

I always use a torque wrench for every fastener I install and that includes oil drain plugs. I have worked in some manufacturing environments and torque wrench use is the norm so it just follows into my home mechanical usage.

I use that same lug wrench that jimmoore13 uses from Walmart. I just make sure I use a torque wrench when I get home. Fortunately, I don't have to use it often.

I always use a torque wrench on the lugnuts before of my trailers before I head out on a trip. Seen too many people have sheared lug bolts or wheels that have come flying off.

BTW...never grease the threads. Torque values are for dry threads.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:01 PM   #12
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That's only if you have fancy wheels. Steel wheels should not be a problem. Not on my SunSeeker anyway.
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That's only if you have fancy wheels. Steel wheels should not be a problem. Not on my SunSeeker anyway.
Hopefully, you aren't referring to using a torque wrench or not. You should use them for all types of wheels. It's not a wheel type issue, its a lug stud stretch issue.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:25 PM   #14
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Impact sockets. Fancy wheels torque twice, when put on and after 50 miles check again.
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You shouldn't rely on the torque that an impact gun puts on your lug nuts unless you use torque bars.

https://www.zoro.com/steelman-torque...saAlTdEALw_wcB

Almost every tire shop I see uses these for all wheels if they use an impact. If they don't, I have them hand torque with a torque wrench.
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Did you read any of the above or just jump in? They are talking about a torque wrench and using impact sockets. You can use the proper torque stick with an impact if you know/have the correct specs! I do.
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Did you read any of the above or just jump in? They are talking about a torque wrench and using impact sockets. You can use the proper torque stick with an impact if you know/have the correct specs! I do.
OK...agreed!

I got cornfused when you said impact ok for steel since you posted it right after my post.
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:29 PM   #18
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Depending on your rims, I had to buy an old spark plug socket to fit the nut and make it in the hole on the rim. the spark plug socket are thin wall and was just enough to fit.
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I use a Precision Instruments 50 - 250 torque wrench for lug nuts. If you've ever replaced a broken stud or lost a lug going down the road you'll never hand tighten a lug nut again. If you need more leverage I would consider a hardware store cheater bar aka a length of pipe to fit over the wrench handle. A deep well socket and a 6 inch extension are a must for dual wheels but if this is a trailer you can probably get away with just the socket.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #20
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I should have added in my earlier post,, use 6-point sockets!! The lug nut I messed up was done with a 12-point socket. As a previous poster said, he had used a spark plug socket. Wished I had purchased more 6-point sockets when I started buying Craftsman tools in 1969. I now make certain to have 6-points in my flyaway tool kit.
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