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Unread 03-29-2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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getting to spindle nut.?.

I'm trying to pull the front hubs off my '78 CJ7 to replace the rotars. I've removed the snap-ring and Warn locking-hub body. Now there is a smooth ring that is preventing me from getting to the outer spindle nut and washer. This ring has several holes, and two of the holes have allen screws that appear to do dothing more that back up to what should be the spindle nut. This ring won't budge, and removing the screws had no effect. It appears to have been damaged around the holes before I got to it. I assume this is not the spindle nut, though I expected to see the nut in this location (hex-sided of course). Not sure why it's there since it's not in any diagrams I've found.

Any ideas? Help would be appreciated!

Here's a pic of the 'ring' I'm referring to:

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Unread 03-29-2010, 08:49 PM   #2
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A picture would really help!
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Unread 03-29-2010, 08:59 PM   #3
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look now, I was just loading one when you replied.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 09:17 PM   #4
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That is the spindle nut. It is a special one that came with the warn hubs. Once you remove the set screws then take a screw driver and put it in one of the empty holes and tap it with a hammer it will come loose. Under it is a washer, that is keyed to the hub, that has holes in it that the set tighten into to keep the nut from spinning.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 04:24 AM   #5
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okay, that makes sense. That also explains why the holes are damaged. The PO installed the Warn hubs, and no diagram I found pictured the nuts like that.

Thanks!

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Unread 03-30-2010, 05:40 AM   #6
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Actually you can get the spindle nut socket at any auto parts store its a 4 prong and cost about 20 dollars you will need it to torque it back on IRRC the inner one(the one with the pin then washer) is torqued 35 LBS and the outer 85-135 LBS.
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Unread 03-30-2010, 06:33 AM   #7
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im going to follow the instructions in this thread when i do my bearings and brakes this weekend. maybe it will help some. keep us posted.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/fr...change-821148/
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Unread 03-30-2010, 08:55 AM   #8
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Yeah, I expected to need the spindle nut socket to remove and re-install the hub. I have one from a friend, but it's the hex-type like pictured in the above link regarding bearing replacement. However, it seems this won't work for the nuts with the premium Warn hubs, which I have. Didn't know that until now.

The posts I've read said DO NOT use a hammer and flat-head to remove the nuts since you can damage them. The last guy obviously did this and marred the holes pretty bad. It looks like the socket will need prongs (like 'gmakra' mentioned) to fit in the holes that are now screwed up. Probably won't fit now, and will need new ones once they come off. besides, my hammer won't provide accurate torque to re-install the current trashed ones. Since these hold on the wheels and protect the bearings, I want the torque to be correct.

Another great post is this one for replacing most everything in the front-end:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wa...5/#post6395695

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