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post #1 of 5 Old 07-12-2015, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Replacing rear axle retaining bolts

How do you replace the rear axle retaining bolts? Can you press them in and out with a long
socket and c-clamp? Or do you have to remove the plate? I know a lot of people reuse them but I've already had one spin
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If you are talking about this thing, just buy a new one and have a shop do it for you if you don't have access to a press.


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If the bolt threads are ok and not jacked up, you can spot weld it to the retainer plate.

If you replace the retainer plate you have to cut off your old bearing and bearing retainer to get to the axle retainer. A pain, especially if you bearings don't need to be replaced. and as the Gunny said, you'll need a press

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Or you can go to harbor freight and get a press. I just got a 6 ton press there for 50 bucks with a coupon.
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If the bolt threads are ok and not jacked up, you can spot weld it to the retainer plate.
THIS ^^^^

A few fat tack welds - DONE!

All you need to accomplish is to keep the studs from spinning.

I do this on new plates as a preventive measure (everyone should), but it's a great fix for a spinning stud as well.

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