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Unread 07-21-2007, 10:08 PM   #46
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Your axle looks rough, and will take a lot more work than mine did. I went over mine today with a wire wheel on my angle grinder and knocked off the little bit of rust, and a sticker that was on it, after I grinded down the welds where the brackets were. I then coated it in degreaser, then washed and dried it. After that, I primed and painted with rustoleum.

Just be careful with the wire wheel. When I was in the shower, I found two of the wires buried into my legs.

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Unread 07-21-2007, 10:12 PM   #47
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how should i go about painting this thing??

does washing it off, grinding the bracket spots clean and covering up the ends of the axle (where the shafts attach to the housing), prime it and then spray it with a semi-gloss black work??

what did u guys do??
Youll want to get all your welding done before you do any painting.. but other then that youre on the right track.
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Unread 07-21-2007, 10:21 PM   #48
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Just be careful with the wire wheel. When I was in the shower, I found two of the wires buried into my legs.
Yeah, be careful. I got one right in the cheek, glad I was wearing full goggles. Hurt like hell.
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Unread 07-21-2007, 11:04 PM   #49
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I haven't gotten a wire wheel wire in my leg, but I did get a nice mixture of brake cleaner and gear oil to my eye when I was cleaning the pumpkin from the inside

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thanks for all ur help so far Timo 90

today i got the shock bracket off the pumpkin, grinded off all brackets, removed axle shafts, removed disc brake backing plates and caliper mountsare the axle shaft splines okay (not sure how they are supposed to be since ive never looked at one before)


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..ouch, didn't realise the backing plates were in that bad condition. You def. need new ones. Get the kit unless you can find JY brakes in good condition or an unbelievably good deal on separate parts Remember the kit doesn't come with soft lines, but so far what I've been browsing none of them have. Currie charges almost 500$ for a similar package, and you still need to add soft lines + handbrake cables..

Shafts and splines look good to me. You actually would need to give some real effort to permanently twist a F8.8 shaft on a stock explorer (or XJ). They are stronger than D44 shafts.

Painting part was pretty much covered already on previous posts. I prefer using grinding disc to remove that kind of amount of rust instead of wire wheel, but use whichever you feel is better. Both work well.
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Unread 07-21-2007, 11:13 PM   #50
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I would only put primer on where the axle tubes meet the diff. That spot will need to be welded to keep the tubes from spinning.

As for the rest of it, just cover the pinion, axle tubes at the ends, and the diff (put the cover back on) openings and paint it. You can primer and paint, or get a paint that can be applied directly to bare metal.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 05:00 AM   #51
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alright, thanks

im gonna grind the welds down clean, hit it with a wire wheel and wash it with some degreaser, then i will probably prime the whole thing and paint it

i wont be able to weld the brackets for a while because i dont know how to weld (im gonna take a class in school this year, so unless i find someone to weld for me im gonna have to wait + i'd actually rather do it myself)

thanks for the help
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Unread 07-22-2007, 08:59 AM   #52
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Your axle looks rough, and will take a lot more work than mine did. I went over mine today with a wire wheel on my angle grinder and knocked off the little bit of rust, and a sticker that was on it, after I grinded down the welds where the brackets were. I then coated it in degreaser, then washed and dried it. After that, I primed and painted with rustoleum.

Just be careful with the wire wheel. When I was in the shower, I found two of the wires buried into my legs.


if u dont mind me asking, how much did u pay for urs?? what are ur plans for it??
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Unread 07-22-2007, 10:10 AM   #53
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if u dont mind me asking, how much did u pay for urs?? what are ur plans for it??
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=437265

You see why I said your's looks rough? The tag I found tangled up in the brakes had the VIN of the Explorer it came out of...2001. The only thing not worth salvaging were the rotors. Caliper pistons had some surface rust on the inside, but nothing horrible. All the boots are in great shape. The backing plates each had a small bend on the lips, but probably from the axle resting on them at a salvage yard. I easily knocked them back into shape. Brackets, brake lines, and replace the axle seals while it's apart, then I'm good to go.

I'm putting it under my TJ. My front is already geared to 3.73 and locked with an Aussie, so I'm going to throw an Aussie into the rear of this one and call it a day. I love how easy this thing comes apart. I went ahead and yanked the spiders to get ready for the locker. It will be so much easier to install than my D30, and even that wasn't difficult.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 10:19 AM   #54
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that is in good shape and at a very good price

i too was surprised at how easily it came apart, as soon as Timo explained the c-clips it came right out

good luck with the rest of ur buildup

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Unread 07-22-2007, 10:27 AM   #55
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that is in good shape and at a very good price

i too was surprised at how easily it came apart, as soon as Timo explained the c-clips it came right out

good luck with the rest of ur buildup

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I thought so.

One thing I'd suggest is to check the flange. You can put a screw driver next to the back of it, and hold it against the axle. Spin it and you should see if there is any warp to it as it moves along the tip of the screwdriver. I've heard of people putting these things on then finding out in the wreck (from the car it came out of) the flange was bent.

I like that bolt that holds the cross shaft in. Makes it quick and easy. I could see that being a terribly easy trail fix if you were one of the very, very few people to ever snap one of these shafts, and carried a spare.

And good luck to you as well. Wipe that dude down with naval jelly. It will get rid of a lot of that rust, just don't get it on your skin. It burns like crazy.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 01:39 PM   #56
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thanks for the tip


we'll today i grinded down the brackets and grinded the whole thing down to bare metal, i primed the whole thing, and then i sprayed it with rustoleum satin black
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Unread 07-22-2007, 02:37 PM   #57
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i just realized that the giuy at the hardware store gave me Charlesten Green instead of satin black, so now i have a green axle...lol...o well ill get that fixed tomorrow!!!
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Unread 07-22-2007, 04:24 PM   #58
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thanks for the tip


we'll today i grinded down the brackets and grinded the whole thing down to bare metal, i primed the whole thing, and then i sprayed it with rustoleum satin black
I personally would have held off on the paint, once you weld on perches, shock mounts, and weld the tubes to housing youll have taken half of that paint back off,hah.. thats just me though... looks nice and good luck with the rest of the build.
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Unread 07-22-2007, 04:52 PM   #59
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i would have waited, but i dont have the money quite yet (just moved and dont have a new job yet), so im gonna have to wait on the welding and stuff, so i figured i might as well coat it with something, and since i already grinded off the brackets, i went a head and grinded the whole thing down and slapped some paint on it to keep it from rusting again
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i picked up a set of Ford Racing Disc Brake (like the link Timo gave me)

there were no instructions that came with it, so i was wondering if you guys could point me in the right direction

here are the calipers, they have a hole in the center of them, i have never looked at a set of calipers before




there are different brake pads, on set has a metal clip across the back of it, and the other has a green claw type thing, what do i do with those




there are also assorted bolts, weird ones, they have rectangular tops, there are two different lengths of those kinds, and there are also gold bolts that have a hex head and matching nuts



there are also silver spacer-type things that fit inside the backing plate center hole, but im not sure what they do

can anyone help me out??
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