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Old 10-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #1
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Guide to removing Axles?

Hello all. I'm getting my tools and thoughts together to try and remove both axles for a regear. I can save thousands by doing this, and it can't be that hard. It's just I've never done it before!

YouTube doesn't have much and I am needing detailed instructions. Anything besides Haynes out there to go by?

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Old 10-16-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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Disregard. Just going to buy the service manual.

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Hello all. I'm getting my tools and thoughts together to try and remove both axles for a regear. I can save thousands by doing this, and it can't be that hard. It's just I've never done it before! YouTube doesn't have much and I am needing detailed instructions. Anything besides Haynes out there to go by?
It's pretty self explanatory. The axle is only held in place by the 4 control arms and track bar. Then you have the brakes/cables and drag link that goes to the pitman arm. Shocks obviously and coils need to come out. A member just removed his front if I can find the post.
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Thank you Kjeeper10. I'll see if I can find the thread.
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You can take the axles out but pay someone who's experienced and has the tools and labor skills to do the re-gear. There is ZERO room for margin of error and if you mess up you're SOL.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:24 AM   #6
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That's the plan! I'm having a guy who has a pretty good rep in Colorado Springs do the regear for me. Only charges $150 in labor per axle. But I have to bring the axles into him.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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A regear should only cost $1200-$1500 including parts. You have to figure $600 in parts so in the end you'll only save a few hundred dollars by removing both axles. Just think how much time it will take to remove and reinstall the axles.
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A regear should only cost $1200-$1500 including parts. You have to figure $600 in parts so in the end you'll only save a few hundred dollars by removing both axles. Just think how much time it will take to remove and reinstall the axles.
Not true here. My local gear shop quoted $500 for the labor but they only do bench work. All of the quotes I got for R&R were around $1,000.....so like the OP, I will be doing that part myself. Saving a grand is always good!
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If you're doing this yourself, can't this be done with the Dana axles on the vehicle? (I know you need to pull the axle shafts out) Take the carrier to the bench and transfer the ring gear.

I've done four or five lockers on other diffs, seems like a lot of work humping the axles out (rebleed the brakes, etc) if not necessary.

I've not done a regear on a JK, so it might be different.
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I agree. A shop local does the same. A lot cheaper if the axles are off the jeep.
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If you're doing this yourself, can't this be done with the Dana axles on the vehicle? (I know you need to pull the axle shafts out) Take the carrier to the bench and transfer the ring gear.

I've done four or five lockers on other diffs, seems like a lot of work humping the axles out (rebleed the brakes, etc) if not necessary.

I've not done a regear on a JK, so it might be different.
Yes you can. I'm not capable of doing the regear and need a professional to do that. However, the local shops are all charging 1800 just for a regear. Quoted 3300 if I wanted to add Lockers. So I found another local shop that will regear, but only with the axles removed. This makes the cost literally half as much as the other guys, I just have to bring the axles into him.
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Are you having gussets, truss or sleeve. Ball joints ? Good time. Gussets are cheap assurance and cheap.
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Are you having gussets, truss or sleeve. Ball joints ? Good time. Gussets are cheap assurance and cheap.
Only have about 8000mi on my 2012 and had the front axle sleeved and gusseted a while ago. I'm assuming ball joints still have a lot of life left in them. Would you recommend putting in some synergy ball joints?
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Only have about 8000mi on my 2012 and had the front axle sleeved and gusseted a while ago. I'm assuming ball joints still have a lot of life left in them. Would you recommend putting in some synergy ball joints?
Oh hell yea ... Stocks are crap and I wouldn't be surprised if dried up from the gusset install.
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Oh hell yea ... Stocks are crap and I wouldn't be surprised if dried up from the gusset install.
Ha! Thanks for the advice!

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