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Unread 07-19-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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Font axle shaft replacement!!!

Long story short I bought my WJ with the front axles removed and no front drive shaft either

So now I need to get the parts to have my 4wd running again. I have the quadra-drive system with vari-lok diffs.

What's the difference between the axles with and without the vari-lok?? Any pictures to compare???

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Unread 07-20-2011, 07:55 AM   #2
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The difference between varilock shafts and non-varilock shafts is about 1 inch in length otherwise they are the same physically and visually. The question should be why were the front DS and axle shafts removed? Sounds like there is a bigger problem in the front diff that you'll have to deal with first.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 08:47 AM   #3
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If there aren't at least 2wd stub shafts in, then your bearings will separate!
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Unread 07-20-2011, 02:57 PM   #4
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The difference between varilock shafts and non-varilock shafts is about 1 inch in length otherwise they are the same physically and visually. The question should be why were the front DS and axle shafts removed? Sounds like there is a bigger problem in the front diff that you'll have to deal with first.
There is nothing wrong with front diff or the T-Case!!!... And please don't get me started about this issue It's normal here for some Jeep/SUV/4X4 owners to just remove the front drive shaft or/and the front axles to disengage the 4wd system.... (I can't believe I saying this here) They believe that this will make the on-road driving easier not so much interest in off-roading here... other than sand driving there is nothing else.

I founded "Jeep Club Kuwait" to teach people here about 4wd in generel and about Jeeps in specific

And now I'm paying for those idiots mistakes
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Unread 07-20-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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I founded "Jeep Club Kuwait" to teach people here about 4wd in generel and about Jeeps in specific
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Unread 07-20-2011, 03:04 PM   #6
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If there aren't at least 2wd stub shafts in, then your bearings will separate!
Who ever did that seems that he knows what he is doing... I'm not saying what he did was right and if it's up to me I would impale him because to me this is how one rapes a Jeep

Anyway... I opened the diff cover the other day and I found the whole case filled with grease which I guess is to preserve it... everything in there looks good!!! And they stuffed the axle tubes with some kind of sponge I guess and they have half the axles in the wheel bearing.... I'm hoping that everything will be fine bt I can't make sure unless I get the axles in and the DS installed, would I?
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Unread 07-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
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Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll just use this one since this would be a follow up to the same problem.

So I got the new front axles and drive shaft (thanks kolak)

Yesterday I tried to remove the carrier from my front end to clean all the grease but it won't get out... I tried prying it, wedging it and everything I can think of with no luck is there a trick to removing the carrier from the diff case? When I installed the diff lock on the D30 on my TJ I just removed the front axles and the carrier just fell off!!! Why is this one stuck??
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This so frustrating I'm about to strap it with something and winch it out with my TJ
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If it's that hard to get out, it will probably that hard to get back in. Do you have access to a case spreader?
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This so frustrating I'm about to strap it with something and winch it out with my TJ
You did remove the bearing caps right...


As long as you did that ^ it should come out, just may take a little force. A case spreader is the proper tool for the job. You can also try wedging a rag or something soft between the ring gear and the pinion, then use the pinion nut to rotate the gears forcing them to mesh. That will help push out the carrier.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 08:53 AM   #12
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Didn't thing the caps were worth mentioning but Yes I did remove them. And I don't have a case spreader. This is a do it yourself at home type of work for me

Anyway maybe I'm not trying hard enough! Just how strong is the carrier exactly? How hard can I pry on it for it to come out?
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Do a Google and/or forum search for front axle seal replacement for a WJ and you will find multiple tutorials on how to get it out without a case spreader, pictures and all.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 03:23 PM   #14
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Done... it's out tied the carrier with an old tow strap the I anchored it to my TJ. Then I put the WJ in neutral and let gravity do it's job ! of course I was under the jeep to catch it and my friend was inside to hold the brakes on my command.

And now the hard part begins... Cleaning everything from all the stupid grease that was stuffed there
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I put the WJ in neutral and let gravity do it's job ! of course I was under the jeep to catch it and my friend was inside to hold the brakes on my command.

Glad you didn't get squished!!
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