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    JD2010, Kubota3450,2550, Mahindra 7520 w FEL w Skid Steer QC w/Tilt Tatch, & BH, BX1500

    Default Re: torquing a ball

    Quote Originally Posted by s219 View Post
    Well it seemed like a lot of torque when I was sitting on the end of that wrench last night! I think I got them more than tight enough, and also used blue locktite for some insurance and paint-striped the bolt/nut as alancamby suggested. Will periodically check everything whenever I tow, of course.

    I thought about firing up my impact gun, but it's a 1/2" unit and all of the 1-7/8" sockets I found were for 3/4".

    Interestingly, the 2" ball snugged to the point where I only needed to wrench on the nut to tighten it all the way home. The 2-5/16" ball kept wanting to spin so I had to wedge a pipe wrench between the flats on the ball base and drawbar to snug it up.
    Thing is, if you go dry and very tight it can still be removed w/o holding the ball. With loctite you will be pretty stuck. .. Torque spec for a 1.25" Gr2 thread is 675 ftlb. For Gr5 its 1200 ftlb. If people would just tighten more than finger tight there would not be any risk of loosening.
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    Sears Garden Tractor

    Default Re: torquing a ball

    Quote Originally Posted by bcp View Post
    Just use a large enough wrench.

    Attachment 379120

    I need to get me one of those wrenches.

    Home Made Receiver Hitch Ball Mount

    I took two pieces of scrap metal and welded myself up a slide in ball mount for the receiver hitch I installed on my truck.

    The Square tube was originally made to be installed into a receiver hitch as it came off an old wheel chair rack that mounted into the receiver hitch.

    The plate was part of a slide in camper tie down. I Pulled trailers with this ball mount for many miles without problems.

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