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Front axle "Jig" - Easier removal/installation

This doesn't quite fall in as a write-up, but it is somewhat informational for someone that may work on a few Jeeps, is doing a truss install or two. However being the scrawny person I am, r/r'ing a front axle is a bit of a pain. One or two floor jacks, half the time it falls, lining up arm mounts, etc.

Using two 6ton HF jack stands, some scrap steel and some casters, I have this very easy to work with "jig" or whatever you want to call it that lets me move the axle around very safely and rotate it using the pinion with no problem by myself. Install is just as easy as sliding back under and bolting the arms in, use a floor jack to support it after that...easy, with no surprises. And the jack stands just sit on there, so they aren't permanently on these bases.

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Two bases for each jack stand and a piece of C keeps them rotating/moving together and from spreading apart/dropping the axle



The shock to knuckle mounts let me support the axle from under the unit bearing and also remove the tie rod. This aids in truss installs [which is what I use it for]




Video of it in action




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VERY NICE..... going to make one this weekend.

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VERY NICE..... going to make one this weekend.

Thanks for the idea Goody!
No problemo! It helps me look like I know what I'm doing

Oh and the C-channel unbolts from the caster bases. Makes it easier to store it in 3 pieces than one big honkin jackstand rolly

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That's awesome Mike!

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Pretty damn cool

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Perfect!

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great idea.. im gonna have to do the same ..thanks
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Thanks, I wanna see your guy's renditions!

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wow that looks handy. nice idea goody


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Like it! Took me a minute to catch up on the shock-mount-to-knuckle piece, but finally clicked that this keeps the knuckles from "steering" while the axle's on the stand (no bueno). Good job.

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Like it! Took me a minute to catch up on the shock-mount-to-knuckle piece, but finally clicked that this keeps the knuckles from "steering" while the axle's on the stand (no bueno). Good job.
Yep yep, lets me get the tie rod out of the way and not worry about squished fingers if I have to move it.


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