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Can I remove axles by dropping rear diff?
Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:31 AM
So will the rear axles come off by dropping the rear diff alone? I know you can do that on the XT6 but with pinned axles that's a big difference from the EJ axle through set up. So I think i'm hosed?
I'll have to remove that pinch bolt that is guaranteed to be seized...which is what i'm worried about. One bolt requiring two hours of labor is really annoying.
Can I at least only remove one axle? After that the diff should drop and the other side can slide out without messing with the hub/bolt, right?
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:57 AM
I usually remove the long bolt that connects the lateral links to the rear hub. That will usually give me enough play to get the axles off the stubs of the rear diff. That's the way I'd do it. Then you can remove the rear diff.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:29 AM
Obviuosly to entirely remove them you also need to unbolt the 32mm axles nut.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:18 PM
AWESOMENESS. Gloyale you're the bomb! thanks a bunch, i won't have to deal with that lateral link bolt, i know it'll be nearly welded in place.
Axles will come off the diff stubs by dropping the diff. I've done it.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:27 PM
Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:32 PM
You can also get the rear axle out by disconnecting it from the strut and leaving the lateral bolt in place.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:09 PM
i now have two disconnected drive lines (4 if you count the front) and one very puffy and colorful finger
Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:40 PM
i know it's possible on an XT6 and that diff is unruly when it lets loose hanging by the axles. it's amazing how much heavier it seems when you're awkwardly working from underneath.....hang tight and good luck with the digits.
i just did it on my XT6 today, may i humbly suggest that you don't let the diff just drop on your hand
Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:33 PM
+1 for dropping it on your hand hurting - did it once and it does not come reccomended.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:30 AM
digit's making a full recovery, didn't even need to sever it
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:03 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:14 PM
Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:14 PM
of course every bolt but one came off (most needed a breaker bar). one of the rear diff hanging bolts wouldnt' come off and ended up stripped really bad. lucky for me it runs through a rubber bushing. being the idiot that i am i blasted it with a torch until it melted away to nothing. awesome, it worked....and the nuts/melted bushing and stud are still on the diff so i can always remember the fun.
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