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Old 03-11-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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Axle Swap Tools?

Im swapping an 8.8 and HP30 into my 98 TJ 4.0L, 4 inches of lift. Everything is bolt in since both axles came out of a TJ with the same amount of lift

Does anyone know if there are any special tools I will need to get a hold of to make sure everything goes smooth? (Like a puller for the steering maybe?)

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Yea, a pitman arm puller is s deffinate must. Besides that Id say everything is pretty basic. Maybe a spring compressor too. Sounds you got a pretty sweet deal though with the 8.8 already set to go.

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i'm not a tj guy, but i had a buddy knocked himself out when his spring flew out and hit him in the head, wish i coulda seen it happen.
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ill make sure to watch out for that!
If its only a pitman arm puller/spring compressor thats great

Yeah i bought them a while ago because it was such a good deal
If i remember to take my camera home ill take some pics and post em up

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I don't see why a pitman arm puller would be needed. If everything came out of a TJ, just basic wrenches should be needed.
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I assume the HP30 is the front axle? you will need a puller for the drag link and the tie rod to put that on the new one. Thats what you use a puller for dont you?
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i'm not a tj guy, but i had a buddy knocked himself out when his spring flew out and hit him in the head, wish i coulda seen it happen.
Thats because he had coil overs and he undid the wrong bolt which let the spring go with quite a bit of force.

TJs are different. I was also afraid at first since i had a miata with coilovers but nope, tjs are different.. simply lower the axle and pull the spring out.
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The pitman puller is really needed for the drag link setup. We pulled a D30 out of my friend's TJ. Everything went smooth until we realized the draglink was still attached. We removed it at the pitman arm as the new D30 he was putting in had all that ready to go and in good shape. Spring compressor won't be needed very much. If you're putting in new axles, you've already got as much space as you need to put springs in or out.
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Yep the HP 30 is just a high pinion 30 for the front (i prob should have said that, my bad)

Theres nothing like finding out you need a tool halfway through an install, hopefully now i can avoid that haha
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Thats because he had coil overs and he undid the wrong bolt which let the spring go with quite a bit of force.

TJs are different. I was also afraid at first since i had a miata with coilovers but nope, tjs are different.. simply lower the axle and pull the spring out.
thats the funny part, he had a tj. i think he was putting a 4" spring in and it sprung out, i dunno, i was pretty curious how he accomplishd that.

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