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Unread 10-11-2013, 01:01 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Duh
You learn after the first time to always pop the pinion nut off before anything else
Yeah. Unfortunately, I purchased a used unit that already had the axles gone. The original unit is still on my Jeep. Once I'm done replacing the bearings and seals, I'm going to swap them.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 02:46 PM   #17
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O.k., well, it's off. lol

I put a pipe wrench on the yoke. I picked up a 25" breaker bar and put a 2' pipe on it with a 1 1/8" socket. All that got me was sore, tired and swearing. The breaker bar was bending.

I called around town to places that rent tools but no one rented an impact wrench. At least, not one larger than what I already have.

So I called my local Tuffy and they said bring it over. They had me back my Jeep up and they took it off in about 2 seconds without even taking it out of the back of my Jeep. Turns out that I simply needed more persuasive tools. Also, they didn't charge me anything for doing it.

Once the nut was off, I checked the pinion threads and the nut and it definitely wasn't staked. It was just really, really on there.

So now I enter the land of pullers and punches...

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