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Old 09-07-2014, 01:32 PM
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This is Why i do my own work.

I took this pic before the carrier was removed to get to the seals. Originally I thought the seal
Was separated from the metal case .. NOPE..
Shop failed to remove the axle guides and pushed it right into the deal. Looking at the pic again .. You can see the bent up guide up against the seal damaging it

It's been over a year but they're getting a call tomorrow.
FYI .. The guys that worked there were all older and seemed knowledgable.

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The issue is the older guys, myself included, have worked on Dana axles for years. The JK Danas are a different animal. Every other Dana 44 made has the same specs, except for the darn JK. I have done a couple of these and you need to toss the Dana specs, setup bearings, torque guides and any other miscellaneous gear you used to work with. I have started a JK Dana box for all my setup stuff.

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The issue is the older guys, myself included, have worked on Dana axles for years. The JK Danas are a different animal. Every other Dana 44 made has the same specs, except for the darn JK. I have done a couple of these and you need to toss the Dana specs, setup bearings, torque guides and any other miscellaneous gear you used to work with. I have started a JK Dana box for all my setup stuff. Bob K.
I would somewhat agree with this. When I bought my 2010, I took it to a reputable shop in town to have them inspect my handy work with a lift install.

Their ideas and advice matched nothing I ever read online. I was disappointed because I knew it was a good shop, I thought maybe it was personal and they were just messing with a new guy.

Flash forward to now, and 75% of their work is on JKs. They are now recommending higher quality parts and seem to be doing some amazing builds.

But I agree, if I can do it myself, I am usually happier with the outcome.
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Was the seal leaking ?
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I can't find a good place either. I actually have two issues going on right now on Beast (out of my level), but don't trust any of the shops near me (maybe even on this side of the Mississippi). Even the best shops I've found within a 2.5 hour drive torque every bolt to "****ing tight" regardless of any torque spec.

The last time I pulled my own axles in the garage, I checked the breakaway torque on the unit bearings, and got something like 40-52 ft-lb. Not super accurate, but no where near the 75ft-lb it's supposed to be. I could also remove one of the brake caliper adapter bolts by hand on the socket, no wrench! Supposed to be 120 ft-lb.... It was a shop I trusted that put them in like that.....

The only thing I've ever let anyone do to Beast is re-gears, bracket welding, and mounting tires on wheels. I have trust issues, they've been earned that way. If I could learn to weld reasonably well, and learn how to regear.....

I don't think it's lack of knowledge on a specific axle or model, I think it's lack of give a ****.
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People tend to put more care to their own vehicle and not give a hoot about others.

If don't know something, I google it. The info is out there if they care to look.
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It is tough to find a good shop. I've built several Jeeps over the years, and always used to do the work myself because it seems like 90% of the shops out there don't do a good job. You usually end up doing the whole thing over again yourself in order to get it right. I've found a good mechanic and good shop lately though. He has built three of my recent vehicles. I bought the parts from his shop and had him do the installation on my last Jeep. I'm impressed, everything is perfect, right down to the smallest detail. Its not too easy to find a shop like that though. He is 250 miles away, but worth the trip.

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