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Unread 02-20-2015, 12:51 AM   #1
avatheredjeep
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EVO axle tube sleeve question.

Il be installing mine this weekend. I have watched several videos of people installing these sleeves. some of them show guys sliding the sleeves in with their hands easily and some show them needing to be forced in with a special tool and a sledge...

What was your experience with the evo sleeves or any other brand?

If you used a tool to drive the tubes in without marring up the ends of them, what was it? I work in a weld shop so I can weld something up to help me out if need be. Any and all guidance is greatly appreciated!

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Unread 02-20-2015, 04:09 AM   #2
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Don't do any kind of welding on the axle until you get the sleeves installed. I've seen where heat from welding in C gussets caused enough warping that it made it very hard to get the sleeves in. You also need to do a good job of cleaning the inside of the axle tubes. The smoother and cleaner the axle tubes, the easier it is to get the sleeves in. Seen guys use a paint roller on the end of a drill to polish up the tubes to where they look as shiny as a clean gun barrel. Put the sleeves in the freezer over night to get them to contract some. Test fit the sleeves and see if they will slide in. If not, put some lube on them and plan on pounding them in with a bearing race installation tool. Once installed, you can put a couple plug welds in the axle tube, or run a weld bead around the end of the sleeve to keep them in place - your choice.
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Unread 02-20-2015, 06:55 AM   #3
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Here is a link to HF bearing race kit. Not used this one, but was easy to find and the $$$ seems reasonable. Use a 2X4 with a dead blow hammer to pound the sleeve in until it is about 1" inch from being completely seated. Then switch to the bearing race install tool to drive it home.

http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piec...set-95853.html
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