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Old January 2nd, 2010, 01:04 AM
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Well sure enough after inspecting the 2 bearing caps and the housings out lip, I noticed an "L" on one side of the housing as well as one cap and a "7" stamped on the other side of the housing and on the other bearing cap, so... CASE CLOSED!

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It is! One of the last things I plan on doing is removing the bed. Welding a plate of steel behind it to strengthen the back wall after I bang out some of the dents. Then rhinoline it or maybe do the duplicolor bed liner myself.
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looking good keep up the great work will love to see that move after its done


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Thanks D!

To the rest of you, Feonix is the guy I bought the axle from. Cool dude!




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(scratching head) Why are you so excited in the beginning posts about using an extension? Extensions loose force behind them making bolts harder to remove. The closer you are to a bolt the less force it takes to remove. Now.......on the other hand, the longer the handle on a ratchet or breaker bar.....the better. If you want an EASY job......invest in a 1/2" drive cordless impact gun (i prefer Snap-On). This is if a compressor isnt available. I assume you also have a torque wrench available to torque all your bolts to specs. This is extremely important on these rears. Crank down on one too much or too little and your asking for TROUBLE! Make sure to check backlash too. Hope all goes well tho! Good luck!

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(scratching head) Why are you so excited in the beginning posts about using an extension? Extensions loose force behind them making bolts harder to remove. The closer you are to a bolt the less force it takes to remove. Now.......on the other hand, the longer the handle on a ratchet or breaker bar.....the better. If you want an EASY job......invest in a 1/2" drive cordless impact gun (i prefer Snap-On). This is if a compressor isnt available. I assume you also have a torque wrench available to torque all your bolts to specs. This is extremely important on these rears. Crank down on one too much or too little and your asking for TROUBLE! Make sure to check backlash too. Hope all goes well tho! Good luck!
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Its amazing how much time and effort they can save you. HIGHLY RECOMEND(sp)....if your removing a 6pt head bolt.........use a 6point socket too. 12 points will work but run a MUCH higher risk of stripping a bolt head. Not exactly sure how much mechanical experience all the guys on here have, but just making some points to save you time and aggrivation. Trust me........I know first hand. Maybe I should start a topic somewhere on here for the do's and dont's of mechanic work. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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(scratching head) Why are you so excited in the beginning posts about using an extension? Extensions loose force behind them making bolts harder to remove. The closer you are to a bolt the less force it takes to remove. Now.......on the other hand, the longer the handle on a ratchet or breaker bar.....the better. Hope all goes well tho! Good luck!
Well, my excitement is due to the fact that the god damn axle is on my garage floor and my nut sack is about 4 plus feet up from it! I dont need to be bending over to unbolt those bolts that had been torqued to spec 25 plus years.

Thank you though for hoping all goes well!




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HIGHLY RECOMEND(sp)....if your removing a 6pt head bolt.........use a 6point socket too. 12 points will work but run a MUCH higher risk of stripping a bolt head. Not exactly sure how much mechanical experience all the guys on here have, but just making some points to save you time and aggrivation. Trust me........I know first hand.

Maybe I should start a topic somewhere on here for the do's and dont's of mechanic work. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
That is a good point Cat and people should know that. For me, all the bolts are headed for the trash. They are 25 plus years old so I think new bolts are in order here.

Being that you are a mechanic, I think you should post some do's and dont's on here for the rest of the members who want to try things themselves. Sounds like a great idea.







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