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Thanks for the reply. 
Wheel chocks on front wheels, strap the rear wheel to the ramps with compression straps.....who know what else....lower the tire pressure. All to avoid taking everything apart😁.

Let you know what happens. I have read about a gear driven torque multiplier. Maybe my Snap-On buddy can give me some insight.

Yea, this is a sucker to do. I didn't have access to a torque multiplier so I had to do it with a 4 foot pipe on a 1/2" breaker bar.


I made a 1/2" thick plate that went over the wheel studs and welded an arm to it, then did it on the car using the car lug studs to hold it in place, the bar turning against the floor.

That is so much leverage that you need to be careful you don't pick the car up off of the floor when you stand on the pipe.


I think I tried it on the workbench like in the above picture but I tore the vise loose from the top it being only 3/4" plywood.  I figured on the car was "safer". (Yea, that's the term...safer)


For the weld, you need to go back to your "strength of materials" class and calculate the size of the weld needed with an e60 electrode. It's pretty big and the "stick welder" was on like 150 amps.

I calculated that if I stood on the "arm" being 220 pounds that at 36" when the nut wouldn't turn anymore, it would be about right.


I'm not sure that you can do it accurately with an impact gun at 150 psi air pressure? I was more comfortable with my method, and I don't know if I was "fortunate" not to break a leg or arm, but I got it done.

You do need to be concerned with over stressing the gun, the air hoses AND the compressor itself.

Don't forget that the "impact gun" IS going to "kick" when you hit it with full tank and that you can shatter the gear in the gun. I didn't want to take that kind of a chance. I don't do this every day.


The issue is that there is little procedure for accurately measuring the applied torque without the multiplier.

To this day, I still don't think there are any local shops I could rent or borrow a torque multiplier from?

Maybe the "semi" shops have one but none of the big "semi" guys will even talk to me to this day. They suddenly become mute.

They get like $500 an hour with the "vehicle" on the lift in the shop and helping you takes "food out of their kids mouths".


Caution should prevail. Use the black impact wrench sockets, extensions and components. You don't want even a Craftsman forged socket suddenly shattering on you and throwing shrapnel in your direction. This ain't for "kids" to do. You can get killed doing this.

As I recall, I MIGHT have broken the pin on the 1/2" breaker bar on one, then bent the pipe too? I'm not sure? I prefer not to think about that. Gives me chills thinking about how freakin' crazy I really am? Next I'll be catching bullets in cotton padding? Well, maybe not?


You can twist yourself up really good with doing this too? My chiropractor wants to know exactly WTF I do, being so twisted? I think she means my back but I'm not completely sure that's what SHE meant? Maybe that's why people are afraid of me? Hum?




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I have found a multiplier that Snap-On makes. The small unit will do up to approx 650lbs. It has a 1/2 inch input with a 3/4 inch output. I should be able to use my standard 1/2 inch torque wrench set at max. Hopefully I can borrow one from my Snap-On buddy.

i also located a more heavy duty unit at my local rental shop that goes up to 1000lbs. - United Rentals.

Thanks for the replies and photos. Always leaning new things with the Pantera😊. 

That was not an issue for me. The clearance difference (.008") between the socket and the nut kind of locks it in place within reason.

COMMERCIAL tool rentals here do not have torque multipliers. Forget about chain parts stores.

The best bet is to watch ebay for a good used one. They come up occasionally as the big trucks need them just for the lug nuts alone.

marlinjack posted:

…A 4 Foot Bar with 100 Pounds on the End will give you 400 Ft/Lbs.

With the Assembly Mounted ON THE VEHICLE; I torqued the Nuts until they would Not Tighten Any Further.

Had a Helper hold the Brakes, and had the Tire on the Floor, with the Full Weight of the Car, to hold from turning. Tighten Beyond the Brake Slipping and the Tire Slips on the Floor, repeat as Necessary. As Tight as You can get it, will be More than 400 Ft/Lbs.

REMEMBER! The Drivers' (On American Cars) LEFT side Nut has the LEFT-Hand Thread!! 'Mass at Rest 'Tends' to Stay at Rest!'

...Last, You are NOT to Re-Use, the Original Nuts! They must be New.


Well sure, but it depends on where you stand on the bar. You need room for two feet and be positioned so you don't hit yourself in the private parts.

I said this isn't easy and it's a wonder I didn't kill or mame myself right?


Also, YOU CAN'T just hold the assembly on two lug studs, you will snap, shear those suckers right off. The studs, not your privates...but . Best to make a plate and use all 5.

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