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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?
It's 50 mm. A 2" socket will work adiquately. Sears or a decent auto parts store should have them in 3/4 drive. Sears sells a 3/4 to 1/2 adaptor. A socket can be had for about $22. Shipping both ways would probably approach that cost.
Gazuki built a tool to do it.
IMHO your worrying about the preload and torque too much. try this:
o If you replace the bearing races be sure they are seated completly
o Tighten the first nut and rotate the disk while it seats in.
o When you feel some decent drag, loosen it a bit. You should still feel drag, but light.
o Insert the lock washer.
o Tighten the lock nut tight, but dont kill it. (an 18" breaker bar isn't neccessary.)
o Bend a tab to lock the outer nut down.
I've done hundreds of wheel bearings this way without a torque wrench or the fish scale. Including race cars, trucks, street cars, and my zuk.
It'll work. Besides someday you might need to do it trailside without the "right" tools