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Old 04-09-2013, 09:10 AM   #15
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Having been in heavy equipment maintenance i can testify to the breaker bar method. Just be sure you keep your face away from the bar. One of my crew has all new front teeth because he slipped and the bar sprung back. :eek
And .... "tight enough" is "tighten until it strips and back off a 1/4 turn" ..

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:37 PM   #16
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I bought one similar for $160 a few years ago. It is 60:1 and comes with 4 sockets and a case. Now they only sell one that is 75:1 for the same price. When you get tired of the video, click on "buy it now" to see the price. I have used mine a few times and it works great. I have also used it on a friends 2 1/2 ton military vehicle and works as advertised. As far tightening, they show how to use the handle drawback to estimate torque. But still recommend using a real torque wrench for the final torque.

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That same $99 will buy a year of CoachNet or GS ERS and get someone else to change the tire. After a year or so, I may or may not be able to find that darn tool I bought.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:26 AM   #18
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You've gotta watch what you buy at Princess Auto. I bought a ball joint removal/installation tool recently to rebuild the front end of our truck. It cracked while using it. Was able to return it so it was like a free rental. I saw a vise sitting on the floor in their store once that it looked like somebody had dropped. It had a chunk broken off it and you could see porous metal inside. But for the price, and for occasional work, some of their stuff is okay. I just bought a 300 ft-lb torque wrench their which *seems* okay and should be fine for the occasional use it will get. I have to wonder how far off it might be if I got it calibrated? It did come with a certificate though of the guy in China that calibrated it!

I've heard a lot of gearheads rave about Harbor Freight stuff over the years. I dropped into one of their stores recently and was rather unimpressed. A salesman even said they are getting out of sockets and socket sets. I'd take Princess Auto any day Harbor freight.
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Harbor Freight and Princess Auto, along with many others, is just cheap "Chinesium" garbo. I wouldn't by precision tools like torque wrenches or micrometers from them. There are certain things I'll try. If they break take them back and get back your money and that's the end of it.
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I have the 4' pipe on a breaker bar. My old back does not like me breaking nuts loose that are tightened to 450 ft lbs.
Got a cheap torque multiplier off EBAY to remove nuts. So far it has worked well. Came with correct size socket for my lug nuts. Much easier to handle and operate than the 4' pipe and breaker bar. I have not removed them MH yet just in case torque amplifier fails.
I do not change tires myself. I have road service for that. But I do remove tires at home other maintenance on MH. Moving tires at home is not a problem with a tractor and front end loader.
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Originally Posted by Wizard View Post
That same $99 will buy a year of CoachNet or GS ERS and get someone else to change the tire.
Exactly what I was thinking.


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