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post #1 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Need Front Wheel Hub Reassembly Help

I've just repacked my front hubs and mounted back on the axle with the original bearings, nuts and washers (torqued to 50 ft-lbs). My problem is that after bolting the drive flange to the hub there's not enough clearance to put the snap ring back on the axle. Am I missing something obvious? Suggestions on what to check first. Thanks.


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post #2 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 05:06 PM
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I've just repacked my front hubs and mounted back on the axle with the original bearings, nuts and washers (torqued to 50 ft-lbs). My problem is that after bolting the drive flange to the hub there's not enough clearance to put the snap ring back on the axle. Am I missing something obvious? Suggestions on what to check first. Thanks.


Pull/pry the axle outward, you should be able to move it a bit.


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I've just repacked my front hubs and mounted back on the axle with the original bearings, nuts and washers (torqued to 50 ft-lbs).
I hope you didn't torque the inner nut to 50 ft lbs.......

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Pull/pry the axle outward, you should be able to move it a bit.


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The end of the axle is threaded so you can stick a bolt in to pull on but it shouldn't be required.
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Problem solved, needed to push the axle outward from the knuckle. Btw if you haven't checked out metalshaper on YouTube he has THE best axle rebuild videos. So front brakes and hubs complete, moving to rear brakes. Already found the left drum looks like its hasn't had any brake shoe contact for a long time.
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Good to know about metalshaper. I've watched many of his videos making tubs, but nothing mechanical. Will have to check those out.
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