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Rebuilding front end question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by buckmtn, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. buckmtn

    buckmtn 1/2 ton status

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    My 10 bolt 3/4 ton front needs some work. (broken axleshaft, wheel bearings shot,balljoints shot, tie rod shot, axleshaft seal leaking) Instead of crawling around on the ground in the driveway would it be any easier just to unbolt it from the truck and take it into the garage. Remove driveshaft, hang brakes out of the way, unbolt u-joints, unbolt shocks, disconect steering and roll out from underneath. Any ideas. Yes 10 bolts suck but don't have 2k to throw at a 60.
     
  2. thedrip

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    Most of the time I find it easier to work on an axle under the truck (setting up gears is the exception). When its bolted to the truck, it doesn't try and run away everytime you have to loosen/tighten something.
     
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  4. roadnotca

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  5. goldwing2000

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    x eleventybillion

    Way too many hi-torque fasteners. It's very difficult to take one apart off the truck and next to impossible to put one together. I know. I just did one.

    Leave it on the truck, throw down a blanket or a piece of foam rubber and borrow somebody's torpedo heater.

    Erect a temporary shelter out of 2x2s and tarps to block the wind, if you have to.
     
  6. buckmtn

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    Thanks for the advice.:D Does anyone have a set of u-bolts to fit six inch lift leaf springs lying around? I have the stock length on there with hardly any thread out of the nut. Thanks
     
  7. roadnotca

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    If you're showing thread beyond the nut, you're fine.
     

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