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how to remove D60 knuckles?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fortcollinsram, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    title says it all...I am tearing apart my recently acquired D60 to freshen it up with new bearings and seals and a locker...I have everyhting off the housing except the pinion and the knuckles....

    On the knuckels I removed the top cap that houses the spring and the bushing. on the bottom, I romoved the 4 bolts that hold the "plate" on but I cant get the plate to budge...Do I have to remove the bottom plate to get the knuckle off...any pictures or explantion as to what to do would be GREAT

    Also, how can I remove the pinion gear from the housing in such a way that I can REUSE it....

    thaks a bunch..I have to releanr all I knew about front axles with this one-ton deal... /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
     
  2. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah we werent too sure how to take the knuckles off my buddies 60 eithr, infact, i still would like to know how! As for the pinion use a brass punch and beat it out! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. scrappy88

    scrappy88 1/2 ton status

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    You have to remove the lower kingpin to get the knuckles off. Try twisting it while pulling, that's what worked for me. Then the knuckle will come off, just tilt it up from the bottom.
     
  4. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    After you remove the 4 bolts in the bottom kingpin plate, you can take a mallet or hammer and hit the side of the plate so it will turn 90 degrees... once you tap the plate around 90 degrees, the two ends will be sticking out on either side of the knuckle and you can hit down on that bottom plate working back and forth from one side to the other...
    Once it falls out you can pull the bottom of the knuckle out and lift up and it will come off. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    The pinion? mine came off after i took off the pinion nut and yoke and gave it a few wacks with a mallet and like a 2x4 in between to take the damage. Then catch the pinion as it falls out keeping all the shims in order. You might have to pound out a pinion bearing race or two after the pinion is out.

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