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Old 09-09-2010, 12:06 PM   #1
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Axle shafts question

I just completed upgraging my front and rear axle shafts but I have a problem: After I had everything buttoned up on the rear axle I realized I did not make sure I put the slightly shorter shaft on the driver's side. My thinking is that if I had tried to put the longer one in, it wouldn't have fit.... Is it possible to install the shafts incorrectly? Any help would be much appreciated... I would rather not tear it apart again...

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I am pretty sure it is possible, there's not that much length difference between them. I've always been so paranoid of mixing the sides up that I go overboard with making sure I keep track of which side is longer so I don't mix them up. And a big welcome to WF!

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Old 09-09-2010, 12:38 PM   #3
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Can ya pop the cover and make sure they are seated in the side gears? I've never popped the cover on dad's rubi so I dunno for sure....just a thought
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With the locker in there its hard to see or tell
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Unless you have a spool like I do, if you try to put the long side shaft in the drivers side, you will not get the retainer plates on all the way. You CAN however, just carry the short side shaft as a trail spare, as it will work to get you off the trail. Just make sure you change it out when you get home, or it could spin the splines since there is only about 1/2" of engagement that way.
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That is exactly what I was thinking but it is good to hear it confirmed. Thank you! I was almost going to let paranoia get the better of me and pull the driver's sie to make sure it is correct. Whew.
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if you try to put the long side shaft in the drivers side, you will not get the retainer plates on all the way.
Good to confirm that you can't install the long side into the short side, thanks. I was never quite sure if you could or not since I was so paranoid/careful to never mix up the sides.

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