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Old 03-29-2016, 01:13 PM
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Changing axle tube seals

Hey guys,

So I had just finished up a Dana 44 swap into my 99 TJ a few weeks ago. I did the ZJ rear Dana 35 disc brakes onto it and didn't reim the center to the backing plates out enough originally, so the drivers side tore up the outer axle seal pretty good. I ordered a new seal and reimed out the backing plates to actually work.

I was wondering if you guys have any tips or tricks to installing the outer axle tube seal


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Old 03-29-2016, 04:46 PM   #2
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Check out this thread. You should be able to find everything you need to know.

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:45 AM   #3
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It's not a bad job at all. STU has a good write up.

While you're in there check your u joints as well.
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Stu's writeup is excellent, it's what I used the first time I did that job. Make darned sure to get the retainer plate and seal facing the right direction and those plus the new bearings and bearing retainer in the right order to be pressed onto the axle shaft.

My local machine shop thought I had screwed up the order so they changed it and pressed everything on. They had to replace the bearings and re-do the job once their error was pointed out. Make sure that doesn't happen before your bearings are pressed on.

Note that the left/right shafts have slightly different lengths, the shorter side shaft goes in the driver's side.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:30 PM   #5
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Stu has some great write-ups for all types of mods.
The link posted earlier is for the fronts and they are going to be slightly different than the rear.

Here is the rear one I referenced when I did mine :
D44 Axle Shaft Removal and Overhaul - 1

I followed Stu's how-to a couple times on the rears and have never had any issues.
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