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post #16 of 22 Old 08-04-2014, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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The shaft was too long.. Getting it shortened. blah

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post #17 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 09:00 AM
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Got the rear 44A swapped into mine over the weekend. Zero problems or modifications needed. My 4.0/242 rear shaft bolted right up perfectly. WORST part of the job hands down is the parking brake. Yet another idiotic, stupid, terrible idea used on the WJ only. Somebody had to actually spend time thinking about that to design such a stupid setup. Sad.

Anyway, tackling the front this week. Something tells me that the rear went so well the front will be a nightmare.

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post #18 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I'm surprised your shaft fit. Mine was too long by 1.5"
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post #19 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 09:55 AM
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Rear parking brake is easy if you undo the adjusters inside under the back seat.
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post #20 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 11:08 AM
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That's not the hard part. The hard part is the RETARDED way they designed the springs and clips. You have to be an octopus with a flashlight strapped to your head to even have a chance at it. Is there some special WJ only tool for this?

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post #21 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by dlundblad View Post
How hard was it to reconnect the parking brake cables?
Sorry I missed your question. It's been about a year since I replaced both axles, so the memory isn't crystal clear but I do remember removing the center console and having to lift up the carper under the rear seat to gain access to the cables and the rubber grommets in the body that seal off water from getting into the floor.

I did the entire axle swapping job by myself, I recall it was a bit of a PIA to fish the cables through the floor and under the carpet, but it's nothing that can't be accomplished with a bit of patience. If your rear calipers work you could probably just remove them from the old axle and slide everything out of the way and re-install them on to the 'new' axle, this would save the labor of dealing with the cables and hydraulic lines.
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post #22 of 22 Old 08-18-2014, 05:24 PM
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I release the tension on the cable under the back seat then disconnected from the tensioner inside the rear backing plate. Disconnect all the brackets from the old axle. Reattach to the new axle in reverse order.
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