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Bent Axleshaft Ears

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bherring, May 9, 2002.

  1. bherring

    bherring Registered Member

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    I bent some with a press so now the snaprings won't fit. Is there a way to widen the ears back to normal? They only bent about 1/16".
     
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    RedDwarf 1/2 ton status

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    I did the same thing once. It happens with the older, frozen shafts and joints.

    I just used a grinder to grind the ears enough so they'd fit. I broke that shaft, but the shaft itself inside the diff, not the u-joint.
     
  3. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    You should not trust that shaft anymore. I will bet money that if you do make the snap rings fit that in the very near future that axle will break right at the ears. I have a set for a D44 that was frozen and I was trying to remove the joints and also bent the ears so I just threw the axles away and now have a reason to buy the molly shafts.
     
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    I did that too.
    I had to grind like Red said.
    what have you got to lose?
     
  5. Rob 85K5

    Rob 85K5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    A porta power will straighten them out.
     
  6. RedDwarf

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    Well, you would think so, but re-read my post.

    I broke the inner shaft, but the joint is still good
     
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    no it wont i tried
    I guess I may have chickened out.
    the grinder doesnt break an ear off like the porta power looked to do
     
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    I did the same thing, just a minor tweak to the ears, not a serious deep bend. I put the ear on an anvil and smacked the thick part of the shaft yoke with a hammer, just did it a few times and it put it right back where it was. Worked like a champ, right up till the Ujoint blew on trail 9 and took the inner and outer shafts out again.

    LOL

    Depdog
     

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