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Unread 02-24-2013, 09:10 PM   #16
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Pro tip... clean up the nut and threads with a wire brush first. Should not be too hard to do, just did this on a very gunked XJ, didnt even take a cheater bar, just a nice first oomph.

relgnarw may be onto something there.

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Unread 02-24-2013, 10:54 PM   #17
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Yeah, an electric impact from Harbor Freight is the end all be all of tools.
Riiiiight, keep breaking your snap ons big guy.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #18
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Google for a local Large Truck repair shop. Drive out there and ask them nicely if they can impact off a 36MM axle nut for you. If they are not too busy they will probably just do it. Offer to pay the wrench monkey $10-$20 once they get it busted loose. Re-tighten and drive home.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 07:08 AM   #19
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The heat can melt the grease seals. ONLY use heat on hubs that are being replaced.

It is more difficult, and takes longer, but you can replace the u-joint with removing the unit hub.
I've done it this way. Not too tough.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 08:05 AM   #20
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My experience with the HF electric impacts was watching someone try to take a lugnut off ... They failed. I offered to help with my 4 way lug wrench and didn't have a problem
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Unread 02-25-2013, 09:16 AM   #21
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My experience with the HF electric impacts was watching someone try to take a lugnut off ... They failed. I offered to help with my 4 way lug wrench and didn't have a problem

My experience is almost lifting the front end of the jeep off the jack stands with a breaker bar and the nut didn't budge, but that cheap piece of **** spun it off with no problem. Obviously it's not an air powered ingersoll or anything.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #22
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I used a combo of wd40, pb blaster, liquid wrench, and some industrial Zep product. A torch, an air impact, and a 4' breaker. It finally came loose with a terrifying CRACK that knocked in off the jack stands (and on to the jack still under the axle, luckily) That was on my friends '96 with 200k.

I popped mine lose with a 1/2" ratchet with my butt on the ground. '93, 160k.


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Unread 02-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #23
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My experience is almost lifting the front end of the jeep off the jack stands with a breaker bar and the nut didn't budge, but that cheap piece of **** spun it off with no problem. Obviously it's not an air powered ingersoll or anything.
Breaker bar did it's job, and your 20$ HF piece of crap just happened to be the last bit to get the nut to open. I can guarantee you that a 20$ made-in-china electric impact gun won't do a thing with a really stuck bolt or nut...

We're using Ingersoll-Rand air impacts and Milwaukee 28V battery powered impact guns at my workplace, those can actually open bolts instead of pretty much any cheap crap
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Unread 02-25-2013, 02:18 PM   #24
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Breaker bar did it's job, and your 20$ HF piece of crap just happened to be the last bit to get the nut to open. I can guarantee you that a 20$ made-in-china electric impact gun won't do a thing with a really stuck bolt or nut...

We're using Ingersoll-Rand air impacts and Milwaukee 28V battery powered impact guns at my workplace, those can actually open bolts instead of pretty much any cheap crap

Nah, three different guys went to work with the breaker bar. And that's not gonna do anything to help loosen it, the hammering action of an impact gun does that. This was on back in blacks jeep, and his little harbor freight tool.

I know the value of a good air gun because this is what I use one for. Blows the **** out of your little toy Milwaukees.

That door weighs 10k pounds and holds back over 150psi of pressure. That counter weight above the cylinder is solid lead to balance the Air gun weight. Maybe I'll get a shot of the compressor air tank, it holds 10,000 gallons of air. But do tell me about your battery powered guns.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 02:51 PM   #25
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While I understand that an impact wrench is invaluable when working on these Jeeps, I keep a 4 foot pipe with a breaker bar near by because there are certain bolts that a good 1/2" impact still won't touch. I've got an IR 2135 Ti and I've hammered on that axle nut for over a minute with no result. Took the 3/4" breaker bar with the 4 foot pipe and me putting all my weight into it before that bolt broke loose. I've also had front leaf spring bolts that the impact won't touch but the breaker bar and pipe do just fine with. If an IR 2135 (rated at 700 ft-lbs) has trouble with an axle nut, I wouldn't exactly be confident in a HF electric impact rated at 230 ft-lbs.

Not trying to start a pissing match here, just saying that unless you spend the money for a decent impact, you might be better served by a good breaker bar and piece of pipe/jack handle/etc to give you more leverage. If you can afford a decent (or better) impact, you won't regret it but there are cheaper ways to break PITA bolts loose.
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Us Florida jeeps are so lucky. I've removed every bolt on my suspension with nothing more than a breaker bar and pb blaster.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #27
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50/50 ATF and Acetone mix will loosen up anything. Try it and thank me later.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 03:33 PM   #28
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50/50 ATF and Acetone mix will loosen up anything. Try it and thank me later.

I will vouch for this one. Has worked well on most things ive had to use it for.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #29
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150 psi is nothing...I wear an air pack with a 4500 psi bottle into a fire just saying...
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Unread 02-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #30
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Thats a pretty badass air tank, 150psi is insane.


Same psi that my OBA tank holds.
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