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Old 10-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #141
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Haha i wouldn't worry about it. I'm doing my bearings this wednesday. i spent an absolute sh!tload on parts, tools, etc. i made my own press out of a spring compressor threaded road, stacks of heavy duty large washers, 3" thick wall PVC, steering wheel pullers, etc etc etc etc. I think i bought more than I need. I also had to SPECIAL ORDER a damn 12 point 46mm socket for the front on Amazon. NO STORE in the entire Los Angeles area had a 46mm socket. Tried sears, pepboys, harbor freight, etc. biggest ANYONE had was pepboys it was like 1 and 3/4" size and was a hair too small.

Did you use a 3/4" torque wrench? they're $85 at harbor freight! :-/
FWIW, 1 13/16 fits fine. It's 0.03mm larger, which is in the margin I error. I got a 1/2" drive one from Amazon and it fit perfectly. If you search for Sunex 258 you'll find it.

Not sure why you ordered a 12 point. The fronts are only 6 point

I used a 1/2" dr torque wrench.
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FWIW, 1 13/16 fits fine. It's 0.03mm larger, which is in the margin I error. I got a 1/2" drive one from Amazon and it fit perfectly. If you search for Sunex 258 you'll find it.

Not sure why you ordered a 12 point. The fronts are only 6 point

I used a 1/2" dr torque wrench.
Hmm I didn't read any labels but pretty much I brought my nut to the store and tried every single socket. All were too small. The biggest ones look like they'd fit but didnt. A hair off.

I just typed in 46mm socket on Amazon and bought what I found. Will the 12 pt not fit/work nicely? it seemed to fit when I tested it.

As for the torque wrench, I bought step up adapters for 1/2" drive torque wrench. nobody rents 3/4"
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:38 AM   #143
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Hmm I didn't read any labels but pretty much I brought my nut to the store to buy a couple of f.ags and tried every single socket. All were too small. The biggest ones look like they'd fit but didnt. A hair off.

I just typed in 46mm socket on Amazon and bought what I found. Will the 12 pt not fit/work nicely? it seemed to fit when I tested it.

As for the torque wrench, I bought step up adapters for 1/2" drive torque wrench. nobody rents 3/4"
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Hmm I didn't read any labels but pretty much I brought my nut to the store and tried every single socket. All were too small. The biggest ones look like they'd fit but didnt. A hair off.

I just typed in 46mm socket on Amazon and bought what I found. Will the 12 pt not fit/work nicely? it seemed to fit when I tested it.

As for the torque wrench, I bought step up adapters for 1/2" drive torque wrench. nobody rents 3/4"
12 point should be okay - though I don't like them for high torque applications (unless the nut is also 12 points of course). Shouldn't matter one way or another with such a large nut however.

One thing that you do have to be careful about is the thickness of the wall. Sometimes it's thick enough that the bearing lip gets in the way.
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