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post #80461 of 92491 Old 04-08-2016, 10:15 AM
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Took off work to do my ball joints. Four hours later I still can't get the passenger side hub off. Tried the socket trick and all that did was leave a divot


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post #80462 of 92491 Old 04-08-2016, 10:18 AM
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Took off work to do my ball joints. Four hours later I still can't get the passenger side hub off. Tried the socket trick and all that did was leave a divot
You could also try taking a BFH and smacking the snot out of it alternating top and bottom. That worked to dislodge mine

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Won't that mess up the hub? I don't have a replacement on hand.

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Took off work to do my ball joints. Four hours later I still can't get the passenger side hub off. Tried the socket trick and all that did was leave a divot
Maybe try this > Unit bearing removal tool.

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I'll get it back in mail as soon as im done with it
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Let's start a little debate. No getting rude obviously lol. But for those that are on or plan on swapping to tons in the future. What rear end would you run? Im aiming for a 14 bolt rear.
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Depends on tire size.

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Depends on tire size.
37-40's. I'm shaving the rear down under the diff since it hangs down a bit.
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Won't that mess up the hub? I don't have a replacement on hand.
possibly... you could try wrapping it with a towel? I suppose i didn't think about that because I was replacing mine...

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Maybe try this > Unit bearing removal tool.
here's a paste for the lazy, Wizard, this seems like an option if you can get to a hardware store.


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Ok boys & girls. Pay attention, I'm gonna lay a little homemade tool tip on y'all that makes unit bearing removal quick & easy. This will work on pretty much anything w/ unit bearings, no 12pt deep socket & power steering required (that always looks sketchy to me anyhow)

Here's the tool.



All that is required is a 1/2" x 1 1/2" bolt and a 1/2" coupling nut. One refinement that makes it a little easier to use is to embed a ball bearing in one end or the other. I haven't bothered on this one yet.

It's used like this...



Remove the lower two unit bearing bolts, loosen the upper bolt several turns. Unscrew your "screw jack" until it will stay put between the bolt & frame. Use two end wrenches (3/4" on bolt, 5/8" on nut) to unscrew the bolt in the coupling nut, jacking the unit bearing out. You will easily create a gap that will allow a pry or screwdriver to finish the job.

Actually easier to use than to explain.

I've used this on a junkyard axle when there was no steering on the axle. Takes <5min /side after calipers are off & unit bolts loose. I try to keep a couple in my trail tool box.

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How'd you manage that?
Boss put up the rest in lieu of a bonus for the quarter.


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Maybe try this > Unit bearing removal tool.
3" extension or bolt works just as well and no trip to the hardware store


http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/unit...tbearing-1.htm
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Well I got the wheel bearing out but now I can't get the ****ing upper ball joint to come out. Like, I think I broke the ball joint press.

This is why my wife calls it jeep time.

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Maybe try this > Unit bearing removal tool.
When I wrote that up I didn't have this pic available. This mod is worth the effort when you make up the tool. Not absolutely necessary, but does help keep the bolt head from "wandering" while pushing the unit bearing out.



Find a small ball bearing, measure so your drill bit is slightly smaller than the ball, drill roughly half the diameter of the ball into the center of the bolt head. Press ball into hole. If you misjudge and the ball is loose, you can stake it in place by using a centerpunch to make a ring around the ball.

One more pic of the tool in use. (Just in case someone comes along that hasn't seen the previous posts)


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Well I got the wheel bearing out but now I can't get the ****ing upper ball joint to come out. Like, I think I broke the ball joint press.

This is why my wife calls it jeep time.
It helps if you tap the threaded part of the press compressing the ball joint out to help shock it out. However make sure it got a few doses of penetrating lube prior.
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