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post #26 of 32 Old 05-17-2016, 05:40 AM
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@larry0071 & @cjindna , thank-you both for confirming this. I can go to autozone if I need a race-pulling slide hammer but this is good news and I appreciate it!


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Rear wheel bearings on JKs simply aren't an issue. Bent flanges are an issue, and when one swaps in new axle shafts one replaces the bearings, seals an often the tone rings and mounting plates. New bearings come out of the boxes with the outer race mated to the assembly. They seat in the housing as the shaft is installed and the retainer plate bolts are tightened. They break free once the retainer plate bolts are fully tightened to 40 ft lbs. If you subsequently pull the shafts the outer race will remain in the housing but can easily be coaxed out with your fingers. Again, rear axle wheel bearings aren't a JK issue.


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Of about the five times I have had the rear axle shafts out only 1 race was a bitch. I didn't have access to a race puller so an old set of fence pliers worked it out.

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Ok sorry for reviving this old thread but really do these topics really die? Lol anyway, I measured my rear axle shaft end play today. .0035" / .0026" (driver / passenger) seems like a lot; what do you folks think? No leaks so far, Nitro rubicon axle shafts with ~30k on them with 35s. Wonder why the FSM has no spec for this...

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We are talking in and out play correct? That play is fine.
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Ok sorry for reviving this old thread but really do these topics really die? Lol anyway, I measured my rear axle shaft end play today. .0035" / .0026" (driver / passenger) seems like a lot; what do you folks think? No leaks so far, Nitro rubicon axle shafts with ~30k on them with 35s. Wonder why the FSM has no spec for this...
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That's right, in-and-out play (indicator riding on the brake disc in the pic, measuring off the stationary brake caliper bracket). Thanks for the note; I'll carry on and compare measurements after many more miles.
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I'll carry on and compare measurements after many more miles.
Mine have been like yours since new. 166,000 miles on them now. I check them by hand for axial and radial play at each tire rotation.
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