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Unread 09-07-2012, 08:21 PM   #841
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It kind of hard to tell from this pic with the sun, but I'm in a bit of a pickle and could use some tips. How do I rotate the axle down if both UCA's have been pulled (to swap both bushings and to rebuild the JJ UCA on the pass side)? I haven't changed the length on any of the arms and think I had it pretty well dialed in (length wise) before I took everything apart. There really isn't anywhere on the front of the axle housing where I can jack to raise the front and lower the back of the housing.

Basically I can't reconnect the Drive side UCA, the housing is probably 1-2" in front of the holes in the UCA. The Pass side is still waiting for the JJ Rebuild kit thing, so that UCA is still on the ground.



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Unread 09-07-2012, 10:02 PM   #842
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It kind of hard to tell from this pic with the sun, but I'm in a bit of a pickle and could use some tips. How do I rotate the axle down if both UCA's have been pulled (to swap both bushings and to rebuild the JJ UCA on the pass side)? I haven't changed the length on any of the arms and think I had it pretty well dialed in (length wise) before I took everything apart. There really isn't anywhere on the front of the axle housing where I can jack to raise the front and lower the back of the housing.

Basically I can't reconnect the Drive side UCA, the housing is probably 1-2" in front of the holes in the UCA. The Pass side is still waiting for the JJ Rebuild kit thing, so that UCA is still on the ground.

Support the frame on jack stands then lower the axle, so the pressure of the springs is off it. That makes it a lot easier to roll the axle forward or backwards
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Unread 09-07-2012, 10:27 PM   #843
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Support the frame on jack stands then lower the axle, so the pressure of the springs is off it. That makes it a lot easier to roll the axle forward or backwards
Thanks, I'll give it a try... I was hoping I didn't have to unbolt the shocks, remove the springs and trackbar!
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Unread 09-07-2012, 11:53 PM   #844
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Thanks, I'll give it a try... I was hoping I didn't have to unbolt the shocks, remove the springs and trackbar!
Drop the axle down as far as it will go, just loosening the trackbar bolts will help. You can also try raising the opposite side of the axle up a bit
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Drop the axle down as far as it will go, just loosening the trackbar bolts will help. You can also try raising the opposite side of the axle up a bit
Just going under the frame and letting the front end droop did the trick. A couple pumps under the pumpkin to align the hole and I was all good (at least on the driver side). Thanks for your help! Now just need to get the new JJ Bushings, reassemble that and remount that UCA, shove the knuckles back on, get the new unit bearings and I'll be nearly in business.

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Unread 09-08-2012, 12:35 AM   #846
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Just going under the frame and letting the front end droop did the trick. A couple pumps under the pumpkin to align the hole and I was all good (at least on the driver side). Thanks for your help! Now just need to get the new JJ Bushings, reassemble that and remount that UCA, shove the knuckles back on, get the new unit bearings and I'll be nearly in business.

You're welcome and happy wrenching
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Just going under the frame and letting the front end droop did the trick. A couple pumps under the pumpkin to align the hole and I was all good (at least on the driver side). Thanks for your help! Now just need to get the new JJ Bushings, reassemble that and remount that UCA, shove the knuckles back on, get the new unit bearings and I'll be nearly in business.

Next time, shove a long prybar under the spring perch and over the axle tube and put the floor jack under the end of it.

I do that all the time when I don't want to move an axle that I have set up at ride height on the springs and removed links.
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Unread 09-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #848
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Next time, shove a long prybar under the spring perch and over the axle tube and put the floor jack under the end of it.

I do that all the time when I don't want to move an axle that I have set up at ride height on the springs and removed links.
Thanks Blaine, I'll remember that...god willing I won't have to remove it again, unless I'm dumping the Long Arms (which I hope happens in your driveway someday!)

The JJ on the driver side UCA felt good and tight still (compared to the pass side that flopped around at will) and with the new bushing in the other end of the UCA, it will hopefully be set for a while.

BTW, is there anything tricky I need to know about re-assembling the 2" JJ on the other UCA mount (once I get the new inserts). I just removed the c-clip and pounded out from the other end with a big socket. I assume I reverse that to rebuild?

Also, there seems to be a somewhat flattened strip down the middle on the centering ball that I removed from that JJ. Is that abnormal and should I have had Gerald order me a new ball as well as the inserts?

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Assembly is just reversing assembly. Grease up the bushing and ball and put her back together.

That flattened center strip is probably for grease distribution....I've never noticed it, though. Maybe I'm blind.
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I figured it was for grease as well. The joints on my lower control arms and trac bar were both like that.
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Thanks Blaine, I'll remember that...god willing I won't have to remove it again, unless I'm dumping the Long Arms (which I hope happens in your driveway someday!)

The JJ on the driver side UCA felt good and tight still (compared to the pass side that flopped around at will) and with the new bushing in the other end of the UCA, it will hopefully be set for a while.

BTW, is there anything tricky I need to know about re-assembling the 2" JJ on the other UCA mount (once I get the new inserts). I just removed the c-clip and pounded out from the other end with a big socket. I assume I reverse that to rebuild?

Also, there seems to be a somewhat flattened strip down the middle on the centering ball that I removed from that JJ. Is that abnormal and should I have had Gerald order me a new ball as well as the inserts?

If you order a new one, it will most likely look just like that one.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 02:46 PM   #852
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How many miles did you get out of your RE bushings before you replaced them?
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How many miles did you get out of your RE bushings before you replaced them?
5 Years... maybe 12-15K Mile ballpark ...I don't really have the exact mileage when they were installed, but probably 30-35K and I'm at 46K something now.
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Did you have any problems with the Superflex joints?
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Did you have any problems with the Superflex joints?
They were all dirty and a little loose, but I'd done nothing but pump grease into them a couple times a year for 5 years. A couple months ago, I pulled off each of the Long Arms, removed, cleaned, inspected and reinstalled each of the SuperFlex joints. None of the nylon races were tore up (at least not bad enough that I thought I needed to replace any of them).

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