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Unread 06-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #841
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Rent a race kit from the parts store for the seals, that's what I had to do when my seals fell out the first time I pulled the shafts.

My local hardware store also sells pipe, and long threaded rod. You can "make" your own race kit. Go find a pipe that fits the seals and cut like a 3" chunk off the whole piece. Get a big piece of threaded rod long enough to reach the pumpkin through the tube, and either weld a few thick washers to end of one side of the tube, or weld a square thick plate to the end of one side of the tube.

When I used the race kit, the cup for the seal was too big for the tube, so thats probably the issue you are having, is the fit on the seal isn't right. With the kit I used you had to stick the rod in, and then screw on the cup once the rod was in the pumpkin.

If you just the washer method just jam nut it on. If you weld a plate on, drill and tap the plate and thread the rod into it, or you can just drill a hole and jam nut it too I guess.

Either way is cheaper than buying a race kit, and then you have it for the future too!

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Unread 06-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #842
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Rent a race kit from the parts store for the seals, that's what I had to do when my seals fell out the first time I pulled the shafts.
That doesn't make any sense since you have to pull the gear set and hit the seal out thru the tub into the pumkin? If it fell out, it might have been leaking anyways since it is a friction seal, so it probably needed replacing anyways.

Anyways, I have two options of custom tools that were made last night. First is a 2" or so diameter piece of tubing that fits the outside of the seal's lip. The second piece is a piece of muffler that is just a bit smaller that fits just inside the part of the seal. The first one of these is fit on a slug of aluminum which was spun on a lathe to fit perfectly. The other side has a void in the shape of a cylinder to fit a 2' bar which will fit thru the driver side seal. I will try it tomorrow. Also, the dana 60 knuckles came in which I sand blasted and deliver.... That is what I traded for the CJ5.5 tub. The CJ starts deconstruction tomorrow.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #843
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I can't explain it either, but they shifted down into the axle and blocked the shaft from going back in. I got the Jeep at 74k and pulled the shafts shortly after to do u joints when it happened. The thing had never been wheeled, but it was right at the point where stuff that was never replaced was starting to go.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 10:47 AM   #844
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I can't explain it either, but they shifted down into the axle and blocked the shaft from going back in. I got the Jeep at 74k and pulled the shafts shortly after to do u joints when it happened. The thing had never been wheeled, but it was right at the point where stuff that was never replaced was starting to go.
That sucks but everything needs replacing at some point. Funny thing is my jeep is at about 79 or 80 k right now..... I can't even remember which means it has been to long since I drove it.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 11:16 AM   #845
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So here is the tool for the seal.







Installed in a few minutes.



Threw these back in. Make sure you align the pinion gear when putting the gear set in. Then torqued to spec and made sure the drive shaft and gear set spun freely.



Old and new.





Assembled.



Also I threw on some 1" spacers and removed the .5" spacers. After that I moved to the rear and put it all back together but just have to throw the tires on and check the pinion angle. I somehow lost the brake caliper bolts for both sides.... I'll get new ones so I can finish it off. I will pull the front axle back about .5" and re-adjust the pinion angle. The boot for the steering doesn't appear to fit so I guess I will have to order that from California. I started looking at how to do the inner fender again and might try to figure that out while waiting on the part. Does anyone know what I will need to torque the tre bolts down to on the currie steering?
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Unread 06-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #846
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All castle nuts get torqued to 55ft/lbs and you can tighten them if needed to line up the cotter pin holes with the next notch in the castle nut.
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Unread 06-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #847
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All castle nuts get torqued to 55ft/lbs and you can tighten them if needed to line up the cotter pin holes with the next notch in the castle nut.
Thanks.

Got the front all finished up except for adding fluid today and started the inner fender idea.

This is just an idea and would like some feedback. I didn't get them pulled taught enough but it was a first attempt.







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Unread 06-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #848
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Well, after calling 7 companies today including currie, I bought 2 of the 3 shift boots left in stock. Funny thing, currie had these in stock @ 7 am but not at 8.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 05:45 PM   #849
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Well, after calling 7 companies today including currie, I bought 2 of the 3 shift boots left in stock. Funny thing, currie had these in stock @ 7 am but not at 8.
Shift boots or tie rod boots? I threw a JK shift boot on mine.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:13 PM   #850
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Shift boots or tie rod boots? I threw a JK shift boot on mine.
Currie tr boot. I don't want to take the chance of it not working and do this again next weekend.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #851
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Currie tr boot. I don't want to take the chance of it not working and do this again next weekend.
Gotcha, I just ordered a new Currie pitman TRE, old drop pitman/tb setup destroyed my current one in under a year before I recently took it all off.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:03 PM   #852
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Is that mexican blanket thing a template for what you are thinking of doing in metal? Please say yes, please.

Man, if not, wow. I may come steal that thing and put it back together as an LJ.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 06:15 AM   #853
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Is that mexican blanket thing a template for what you are thinking of doing in metal? Please say yes, please.

Man, if not, wow. I may come steal that thing and put it back together as an LJ.
I was afraid to ask this.
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Is that mexican blanket thing a template for what you are thinking of doing in metal? Please say yes, please.

Man, if not, wow. I may come steal that thing and put it back together as an LJ.
I wish I had stated my intents somewhere.

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This is just an idea and would like some feedback. I didn't get them pulled taught enough but it was a first attempt.
I removed all of this yesterday after work after getting a good night of sleep thinking about it, which is why it was installed with zip ties only. Going another direction that has been posted in here already, that may or may not include a mexican blanket.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #855
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Could you make the Poison Spider inner fenders work? They are relatively cheap for a set of inner fenders, and you could get free shipping on them from Northridge.
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