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I need a Dana axle spreader

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Eric M., Feb 17, 2003.

  1. Eric M.

    Eric M. 1/2 ton status

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    Any tips on where to pick up a new or used Dana axle housing spreader? I've found one for about $240 new which works for the Dana 44, 60, 61, 70 and 80. Should I jump on that? Any tips appreciated.

    Eric M.

    (I gonna cross post, so ignore this in the "Wanted" section)
     
  2. uglychevyZZ4

    uglychevyZZ4 3/4 ton status

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    why for? done plenty, never needed one yet, but are cheap at Randys ring N pinion
     
  3. Eric M.

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    Just don't want to be prying the unit out and smackin' it back in with a hammer. I did a search on the Pirate Board and found a whole cussin', swearin', flamin', Pirate style debate about all this. Some guys pound, some guys don't ... I couldn't figure which was best, so I think I'll try the spreader.

    Eric M.
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Use a big dead blow hammer, that won't hurt nothing and it'll get the job done.

    Rene
     
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    tarussell 1/2 ton status

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    That is a good price . Mine will fit a Dana 30 thru 80 . They really come in handy when doing the larger diffs.
    Tom
     
  6. Eric M.

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    I have heard that works for getting it in, but how do you pry it out?

    Thanks,

    Eric M.
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I watched while <font color="orange">TARussell </font color> used his spreader setting up my axles and it made things go really smooth. My axles were out of the truck so the spreader made it real nice because a loose housing can want to move around while you're trying to pry the old stuff out.

    I'd buy one if I thought I was smart enough to use it but I think I'll just keep abusing him. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     

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