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Old 06-15-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Axle shaft cleaning

So I picked up some used axle shafts for my TJ just to make changing the u joints a little easier because i don't know how bad mine are going to be and I'd rather have these prepped and ready to throw in. They do have a little bit of surface rust on the races with 1 minor pit. I was wondering what the best way to go about taking that off would be. I was thinking maybe metal polish? I'm too scared to sand them.

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:40 PM   #3

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perhaps some fine steel wool?
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #4
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You could try a very fine grit sandpaper maybe?
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:46 PM   #5
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just scuff it up a bit with some 400... i've done it several times with 12 bolts, 9" and my rubicon's rear 44... it's just simply a spot that rides inside the inner race so scuffing it up won't hurt anything... just dont use an angle grinder... lol
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:36 AM   #6
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find a local blaster and have it soda blasted. it will clean off the rust but wont pit the metal under it. have the whole thing done and then paint/powder coat anything that will be exposed to the elements.

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