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spare axle ??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by steve_kibbe, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. steve_kibbe

    steve_kibbe 1/2 ton status

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    Putting spare parts on a trail rig is mandatory.......

    How should I prevent my spare axle shafts from rusting?
    Can I paint them:confused:

    Should I just try to store them inside a dry tool box?
     
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    When I was 10-boltin' it I had them wrapped up tight in garbage bags (the heavy black leaf bags, not the cheezy kitchen bags) & duct tape - worked great for a year...
     
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    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    Sure, you can paint them. I've even seen powdercoated axle shafts before. Just don't gunk up the splines or the seal surface.
     
  4. pauly383

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    You have to try to keep them dry , we have to try to keep them moist ;)

    I have the problem with the plastic tearing or wearing , and too much dust out here gets into my stuff .

    Mine are all wrapped individually , and stored behind my spare in a tied up bundle .
     
  5. steve_kibbe

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    Thanks guys:D
     
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    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I was thinking of putting mine in large PVC tubes with end caps. Like plumbing pipe??????
     
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    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    As long as that doesn't make them too big for where you're storing them.
     
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    Are you storing them outside of the truck?
     
  9. steve_kibbe

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    The pvc idea isn't bad. The rig I'm talking about is my 72. Once its running I plan on running topless all summer, who knows, maybe all year. I just want to be able to protect them. I am planning on a tool box behind the rear seat, but they can still get moisture in them. I've seen some rigs with them kinda strapped to the rollcage.

    I know it will be best to store them inside my tool box, just want to make sure they are useable if/when I need them:D
     
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    Keeping them oiled works. I have uses gun oil in the past. There is a product called "corrosionX", if you can find it, you can spray down the axles and you don't even have to wrap them. It is made in Carrollton, Tx and it was originally made for use in military marine applications. It blocks water. I have seen a small tv, half submerged,with all the circuitry sprayed with the stuff.
     
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    Grease the shafts, take a bicycle innertube and put the shafts in that. Or buy one of those gun socks, and put two shafts in them. You can use pieces of inner tube zip tied to the splines to protect them.
     
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    i seen one truck that had them held in the truck with conduit clamps, the splines, seal and bearing surfaces were covered with duct tape and they were painted black. looked like a great idea.
     
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    Didn't think of gun socks....
     
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    Dip the splines/seat areas in wax. Rip off wax when needed.

    You can also use handle dip. For people who make their own tools, or need to put on a new handle for plyers, etc.
     
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    Lots of ways to tackle that problem. I would use a CPC (corrosion preventive compound) of the MIL-C type. That will keep a thin film over the metal to prevent rust.
    The easiest way I know of to remove it is by the use of PD-680 (otherwise known as Dry Cleaning Solvent)


    or you could fill condems with grease and "protect" your shaft that way......
     
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    nope, not gonna work, grease will eat through the latex. ;)

    This just leaves so much open to interpretation.....
     
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    Married, don't use condoms.......ever:D
     
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    i keep my spare stub shaft in an ammo box with other spare parts
     
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    JMS, your solutions always look so much nicer than mine... I got some PVC with an ID just bigger than the U-joint OD ... wrapped them in some pipe insulation (I have a ton from a buddy's shop who went under) ... and duct-taped the ends.

    These now very heavy lengths of PVC live under the bedrails of my truck. This would be the driver's side rear seat in view.

    -- A

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    Zip ties......are those dog collars JMS.......Looks good guys, keep giving me ideas.
     

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