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post #1 of 9 Old 11-07-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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removing front axle assembly

Hey guys.

Im about to do a front axle assembly removal so I can truss and sleeve the front etc.

Just wondering if anyone has created an order list for removing the assembly. I'm sure I can figure it out but to save time if someone has a checklist from first thing ie if its remove front wheels and disconnect brake and abs lines to the last bolt removal to drop it out that would be great or even a link to a video

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Support on jack stands and then start removing shit connected to it until you can pull it out. Control arms, driveshaft, brake calipers, trackbar, draglink don't forget ABS lines and other assorted wiring harnesses, shocks. Should be about ready to snatch it out. Have fun
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Support on jack stands and then start removing shit connected to it until you can pull it out. Control arms, driveshaft, brake calipers, trackbar, draglink don't forget ABS lines and other assorted wiring harnesses, shocks. Should be about ready to snatch it out. Have fun
This^
pretty straight forward.
It's not a guarantee, but the ABS sensors tend to break pretty easily and they're not that expensive. Great time to do your ball joints too.
One of the biggest pains, if you have never taken them off, the steering knuckles, come off really easy by having that be one of the first things to go while the axle is attached. Back off the 3 12 point bolts and leave them in, then wedge a deep well socket and use that to push the bolts while turning the wheel

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It's a pretty simple process, depending on how far you go. Here's a list off the top of my head:

-Support axle on jack stands
-Drain gear oil
-Disconnect all cables/wires
-Tires
-Calipers/Brakes
-Hub assembly
-Rotors
-Shield plate
-Disconnect ABS
-Axle shafts
-Knuckles
-Ball joints
-Diff cover
-Driveshaft
-Gears
-Sway bar links
-Control arms

Lay the parts out in logical order and separate sides for reassembly; make sure all the cables/wires are clear; make sure you check torque specs; the right tools will pay off (especially if you're doing ball joints); don't do anything to the gears/lockers unless you know what you're doing.

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Thanks for that guys. Appreciate it. Already done the ball joints so they're all good
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Don't forget to disconnect the negative battery cable....the manuals always tell you that is the first step no matter what you are working on.

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Is it a Dana 30, if so I'd plan to remove the carrier and put new axle seals in after the welding or be very careful when welding the center section. I usually leave the upper control arms for last, they keep the axle balanced so it doesn't roll off the jackstands.

You doing the Artec truss??

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-08-2013, 10:58 AM
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The front end has to be supported on the frame by heavy duty jack stands.
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