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Front axle woes on 5 lug swap
Posted 08 April 2011 - 09:59 PM
So, I began looking through my axle stash and found a few EJ axles laying around. Most of them were too long and I could not get the knuckle to drop back into the lower ball joint. I was about 1/4 of an inch too far out.
After standing them all up, one EJ was shorter than the rest. Not as short as the XT6, but about a 1/4" shorter than the rest of the EJ axles I have laying around. That one works. I have no idea what EJ car it came from - I think it was from the 92 2WD AT legacy, but I am not quite sure. Boots are cracked, so it is going to need a replacement sooner than later.
I began looking for a new axle to replace it. After my 3rd try with all three of the auto parts stores, I cannot seem to find that length of axle. According to their computers, there are two sizes: 7/8" and 15/16" - a 1/16 of an inch difference between them. Nowares near the length of the EJ axle I have.
Any suggestions where this shorter EJ axle came from?
At this point in time, the XT6 axle on the passenger side is holding things together, but with my driving habits, I am sure it won't last long before it does the same thing as the drivers side did.
Why do I need an XT6 on the passenger side and a EJ on the drivers side? I thought Subarus used the same length axles on both sides?
Here's the list of parts I used for the front:
92 2WD legacy knuckles, brakes, and struts. Early 90's impreza springs. XT6 lower control arms.
87 Single range FT4WD turbo tranny
Posted 08 April 2011 - 10:07 PM
Posted 08 April 2011 - 10:36 PM
Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:02 PM
Posted 09 April 2011 - 05:07 AM
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:41 AM
BTW, the inner wheel bearing seal is a different size between XT6 and EJ knuckles. So if you are going to mix and match axles, you will need a different seal, otherwise the axle won't seat correctly and your wheel bearing will come apart.
Separating the outer CV Joint from the shaft.....I give you, the pipe trick:
Edited by Numbchux, 09 April 2011 - 09:45 AM.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:51 AM
Posted 09 May 2011 - 10:20 PM
Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:38 AM
as for the outter joint. to remove it you have to take the inner joint apart. then find a metal tube that the axle shaft fits into. (it must be longer than the shaft by a little bit) then smak it onto the ground a few times. it will pop off the shaft and it will be awesome...
Posted 10 May 2011 - 02:22 PM
I did exactly what those videos showed - I'm pounding the pipe on the garage floor with the axle end in the pipe and the outer CV sitting on top. Yes, and the pipe is longer than the axle. It's so simple, why is it being so difficult? Is it because these axles are relatively new? They're what I had laying around in the garage.
With the XT6 axles in the EJ knuckles, did you have to double nut the axle in order for the cotter pin to do any good? The XT6 axle sticks out a long ways on mine.
Posted 10 May 2011 - 03:15 PM
i found that video hard to believe considering those past experiences.
are you video-taping this!? i want the shouting and cussing too!
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