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D60 Knuckle Removal?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BadDog, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Ok, this is my first D60 and it looks like I'm gonna have to pull the knuckle off. [​IMG] After putting the lift on, I needed to adjust the bump-stops for the trip this weekend (the sector limit was reached before the stops contacted). I'll soon be putting on the x-over but was planning on taking it out with the cocked draglink just to try it out. Anyway, the driver's side bump stop twisted off flush in the knuckle. [​IMG] If I'm not mistaken, that is gonna be a hardened bolt (fine thread 3/8?) and I doubt I'll be able to get a drill/ease-out to work. I'm figuring on taking it to a machine shop, but to do that (or even to try myself) I have to take the knuckle off.

    So, my question. How hard is it to take off a king pin knuckle? Never done it before and my books don't cover the procedure so I thought I would ask before jumping in. Doesn't look hard but, I've been fooled before. I've already got it stripped to the knuckle so don't bother telling me how to remove the spindle and all. Mainly I'm just asking about the kingpins...

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
  2. m j

    m j 1/2 ton status

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    easy
    4 bolts top cover off
    4 bolts bottom cover off
    swing bottom outward til it clears then lift knuckle off
    cant see any snags for you ut have heard the bottom cap can be tricky.
    mine came off real easy but a pirates thread said to get it to turn until you can smack an edge with a soft mallet

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  3. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Yeah, that's what I thought it looked like. Mainly I didn't want to start jacking around with it and wind up needing to rebuild it again (prev owner just did it, or so he said) because I didn't do "x" before "y". Thanks for the info.

    Russ

    85 K30 CUCV, 350 TBI, TH400, 205, D60/C14, 4.56 Locked, 4" lift, 42" tires
    Some day: massive cutting, shorter wb and rear overhang.
     
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    m j 1/2 ton status

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    there is some seals to be cautious of ...

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  5. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I did a couple in the past.

    Like m j said, the lower cap can be tricky. The rest of the stuff is pretty simple. Just concentrate more on getting the lower cap removed. [​IMG]



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  6. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Piece fo cake, you`ll find it is easier than the D44!
     

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