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Old 11-27-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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D44 Rear axle seal...

I've pulled the left rear axle from my 06' dana 44.

Now ready to install a new seal, bearing and retainer. My question is with the FM full caged bearing...it drops into my rear axle tube without effort??? This cant be right. What would prevent it from spinning in the tube? To remove the old race I had to use a puller. I'm half tempted to prick punch the tube to assist in holding the outer race...anyone used this combo before??


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According to the FSM from my 03 Rubicon, it is perfectly acceptable for the race to fit loosely in the housing. Mine was loose (as in non press-fit) and never gave me any problems in the 75,000 miles that I put on it.

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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SET-10 bearing? Too full of single malt scotch right now to say much more.
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What kind of single malt?
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:09 AM   #5
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The Federal Mogul (FM ) National bearing and race photo on the box isnt exactly what the "A-10" bearing is.... the bearing I'm holding has the race attached. Its still a tapered bearing, however its caged. The one I removed was a two piece, just like the photo on the box, tapered bearing on the axle and a separate race in the tube. I had to use a 5# slide hammer to remove the race. This new one piece combo slides into my axle tube effortlessly. Hmmm.... The Jeep rest comfortably on my hoist although I'm tempted to press the bearing onto the axle with its retainer, apply some bearing set to the housing and reinstall.
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What kind of single malt?
Nothing fancy, Glenlivet 12 year. Glad I stopped at two glasses so I feel pretty good this morning. But they pretty well knocked me out last night after a tough couple days winning an important new client deal.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:15 AM   #7
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Congrats on your new client. Glenlivet is good single malt. I like the Buchanons 12 year old blend and John Walkers black label or better to celebrate with. You are right about the Wrangler fly wheel being "domed". I was told by a friend that if you are going to use a factory clutch don't surface the flywheel. If you are going with an aftermarket clutch like a Centerforce then have it surfaced. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Congrats on your new client. Glenlivet is good single malt. I like the Buchanons 12 year old blend and John Walkers black label or better to celebrate with. You are right about the Wrangler fly wheel being "domed". I was told by a friend that if you are going to use a factory clutch don't surface the flywheel. If you are going with an aftermarket clutch like a Centerforce then have it surfaced. Happy Thanksgiving.
Now that's staying on topic....

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