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Old 03-16-2016, 10:09 PM   #81
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Good price Dave. If I can resurrect my old calibrated eyeballs and arms from my mechanic days I may be sending you to the liquor store....

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Old 03-16-2016, 10:30 PM   #82
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:38 PM   #83
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Hmmm is this Escape Trailer trash talk?
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:03 PM   #84
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Originally Posted by emers382 View Post
Just be careful if you order from Harbor Freight online. I did that to find I inadvertently ordered the 1/4 inch drive one, which is useless
There are currently 8 torque wrenches offered online by Harbor Freight, and the 3/8" drive models are useless for this purpose, too - they only go up to 80 lb-ft. Most people also wouldn't want the ten-pound 3/4" drive wrench (although it offers lots of leverage, being almost a yard long).

That leaves two inexpensive 1/2" wrenches... and an inline 1/2" drive torque meter.
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:32 AM   #85
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This is the one I have, got it on sale at HF for <$10 at their parking lot sale: 1/2" Torque Wrench
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:33 AM   #86
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I just take a digital torque adapter along. Fits in a nice small case, and I can use it on any 1/2" drive, either a swing arm or ratchet. I have a really good torque wrench, but it is so big, I just leave it at home.
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Old 03-17-2016, 09:54 AM   #87
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This might be of interest here.

Just replaced all 4 tires. Plan A... Had a local shop do the job, upgrading to Carlisle 8 ply load range D, bottom line came to $110.27 per tire. That includes taxes, balancing, disposal, and drive away, job done.

Then at home, went online, checked out Plan B: Found the same Carlisle tires, bottom line, delivered, $77.48 per tire. Good price. Of course then I would have to jack up trailer, remove old and take them to be replaced with the new. I figure that's another $15 per tire, bringing the tab up to $92 per tire.

PS: My local tire guy offered three other cheaper tire brands but they were all foreign made. I went for the US made.

Too late now, but I was thinking, maybe Plan B was the smarter move? Of course, with Plan B I would need to do my own torqueing. Just sayin'.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:14 AM   #88
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It is good every now and then to help the locals and spread your wealth, otherwise they may not be there for future comparison shopping.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:26 AM   #89
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trailer wheels & tires

Dave, that first set of Marathons must have had a lot of miles since 2010. Glad to hear that since I spent $250 just to upgrade to Marathons in 2013. I do use my calibrated lug wrench once in a while to make sure lug nuts are not falling off and then I do check the pressure before every trip and the weight is good on each tire.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:07 AM   #90
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Jack, I think with what you told me you pulled and what I know I pulled there was about 45,000 on those original Marathons. They still had 1 @3/32nds, 2@ 4/32nds-and 1@5/32nds. The thinnest one was my right rear "scuffer". As you know, I am very picky with tire pressures, lug nut torque, and try hard to keep the load balanced side to side. Looking forward to a great year. Going to fish a crappie tournament in Southern Iowa for our first camp out. Hope Nancy and you have a great year. I visited the Auburn, Cord and Duesenburg Museum in Auburn Indiana a couple of weeks ago. The beauty of some of those automobiles almost made me cry.

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