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Magnet to reach inside of axle tube?

Whats a good pole magnet to reach inside of the longside axle tube?

When on the trail and something snaps, wanna get it out without removing diff cover and center. Sounds silly, but Ive seen these and cant think of what their called.
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 07:06 PM
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Telescoping magnet will be better than nothing, but if you're dealing with pieces, there is a decent chance it won't be strong enough to pull the splines out of the differential.

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Telescoping magnet will be better than nothing, but if you're dealing with pieces, there is a decent chance it won't be strong enough to pull the splines out of the differential.
^^^^^This. Last axleshaft I broke would not budge with the magnet.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Found this one... little more then the simple 2-3lbs one.


http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ullmandevices/

Ullman Devices Telescoping MegaMAG Magnetic Pick-Up Tool (GM-2) $17

The Telescoping MegaMAG Magnetic Pick-Up Tool telescopes from 7 1/8" to 30 1/4" for reaching into crevices and axle housings, and lifts up to 16 lbs. The stainless steel handle and telescoping elements are long, strong, and lightweight. The textured cushion handle covering keeps the tool secure even in wet or greasy conditions. The goblet-shaped head pushes flux to the top of the very powerful Neodymium magnet, and focuses and concentrates the magnet's power, so that the head will not be attracted to ferrous surfaces and objects to the side and make the tool difficult to use in tight confines. This tool is ideal for fishing out broken halfshafts and other vehicle carnage. And of course it will pick up dropped fasteners.
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I tried several magnets when I snapped my rear axle shaft and no luck at all getting it to pull out of the splines.

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We found out through trial and error that the stock antenna with the ball snipped off works great. Pull the other side's shaft, duct tape the antenna to something long that reach up to the differential and push the broken piece out. The antenna is strong enough to hold shape and thin and flexible enough to get past the carrier pin.

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Place PVC pipe in axle tube. Take long piece of weld rod and touch to end of broken shaft with stick welder. Pull out broken piece.

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