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Unread 11-22-2006, 07:21 AM   #1
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abs tone ring removal?

when i had my super 35 kit installed, the shop skipped over swapping the abs tone rings. i noticed that immediately because my abs light was on when i got in my jeep. i asked what the deal was and he said getting the old tone rigs off my original axles is next to impossible because they tend to crack when trying to be removed. he said he could try to remove them, but if they break he will have to get some new ones from the dealer on my account. is it me or does it seem like he's trying to squeeze some money out of me? i thought those tone rings were steel, so if they put the torch ot it before popping them off shouldn't they come off pretty easy? has anyone priced these rings before new?

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Unread 11-22-2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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Call up Randy's Ring & Pinion - I am nearly positive they sell them.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 07:36 AM   #3
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the shop people are just lazy bastids then.....i have never had 1 crack on me on the 11x billion sets we have swapped out for folks....it seems when TJ guys get spares they usually get non ABS ones from a cherokee ,etc, all i have ever had to do was heat the ring with a propane torch, then tap it off a little with a hammer an it will fall right off, heat it a little more and tap it onto the new shaft
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Unread 11-22-2006, 07:49 AM   #4
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just use any bearing puller. No torch needed

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Unread 11-22-2006, 11:46 AM   #5
Just a suggestion...
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I had a machine shop pull mine, hone them to fit the new outers, and press them on for $50 each, no fuss. Might want to try a different shop.
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Unread 11-22-2006, 01:17 PM   #6
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Old tone ring should go on new axle shafts without any modification.

Just remove them from old shafts, wire brush them good (they will look like new) and press them on.

You can use 2" PVC pipe to get the tone rings started (about half way)

than finish seating them with an aluminum punch

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Unread 11-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #7
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I broke mine in half attempting to pull it off when I broke the shaft awhile back. Of course we didn't have a shop and nice tools. We were in a creek bed. Instead of ordering a new tone ring, I disabled the ABS. No problems or worries since.

My braking distances have shortened as well.
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