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Old 09-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Axle swap tips?

So I finally got started on my axle swap. I shimmied the new one under it after removing the old one. I'm having a hell of a time getting the control arms lined up and moving the axle around. Does anyone have any tips? Would wheel dollies help? I managed to get the drag link, tie rod and track bar done. Haven't tried the control arms after getting the track bar done. I'm assuming since I got the track bar done the axle should be lined up properly now?

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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The track bar should be the last thing you do. I put my front axle on a furniture dolly...made it easier to move it around.

Start by connecting your control arms...keep all bolts/nuts loose until you can get them in. Make sure you have them set to the appropriate lengths if they are adjustable. Then throw in your springs, shocks, drive shaft. Once that's all in, put your vehicle down on it's tires and let it rest there naturally. Tighten up your CA's to spec and then shake the Jeep from the roll bar. It will center itself pretty dang good. Now is the time to install your track bar. Adjust it out or in until it lines up with the mounting hole. Tighten to spec. Reconnect your brake lines and bleed. Be sure to re attach your axle breather hose. (thanks to Unlimited04 for the extra hands). Now would be the time to adjust and reconnect your tie rod/drag link.
I forgot to add that having your axle on a rolling jack helps a lot too to lift it until holes line up.

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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If you can get a two connected, we found that moving it side to side helped to line up the CA's with mounting holes - now I have Rokmen adjustable, so I had to line up the bushings on the CA's first.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:18 AM   #4
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I went through this last night. Getting CA's first was the best. Unfortunately I found the D44 housing at the DS was not threaded where the straps connect. Have to get 1.5" x .25" bolts today.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Heading to harbor freight this morning to grab some movers dollys. That axle is just so heavy
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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Those Dolly's made such a difference. Got the control arms through. Gonna go ahead and get the tires on now.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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What swap are you doing?
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #8
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PO swapped the rear axle with a 4.10 one, so I'm swapping the front with a 4.10 geared one with a locker.
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Shocks, track bar, and drag link left.

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Old 09-26-2013, 01:04 PM   #10
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And she drives! The lower control arms aren't fully tightened in place. Having a hard time lining them up. And tips?
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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Just as an update I got everything lined up and good. Hi lifts are much more useful than I thought.

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