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OKay got the knuckles off...Now about replaceing the upper kingpin...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fortcollinsram, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    WHERE IN THE HECK DO YOU GET A 7/8" HEX KEY...my drivers side upper kingpin could stand to be replaced...any tips or tricks on doing this?

    Chris
     
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    Good luck, when you're done, come and do mine, will ya?
     
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    I bought a piece of 7/8" hex stock from a local metal supplier and used a torch to heat it and bend it into a giant hex key. The thing is massive! I was going to stamp Craftsman 7/8" into it as a joke. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    I ran 2 7/8' nuts on a bolt and welded them together they fit perfectly and gave lots of room for a socket /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    They are easy to change, so long as you have the proper tools. I bought my 7/8" allen wrench from my local hardware store then I cut about 2 1/2" off of it and used it in a 7/8" impact socket. You will need a very large torque wrench to torque the king pin properly to 600 ft. lbs. /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif
     
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    I did what 4X4High did. But I remember reading a similar post, one guy used a lug nut that was 7/8" hex.
     
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    Here is a link to where I got mine. 7/8" L-HEX
     
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    Good GREIF thats a BIG ARSE allen key! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    Glad I've never needed to replace my kingpins! /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif :knocking on wood:

    -Dan
     
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    They are easy to change, so long as you have the proper tools. You will need a very large torque wrench to torque the king pin properly to 600 ft. lbs. /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif

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    I agree with what 4x4High said... he made it look easy with the right tools....he changed both kingpins on my bare D60 housing in under 5 minutes. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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