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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tecton, Dec 11, 2003.
my auto hubs have 5 bolts, and the manual replacements have 6...what does that spell?
No problem. The bolts screw into the inner part of the hub, which you are also changing when you install the new hubs. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
ive read every topic on this board on the switch...is it as easy as it seems?
if you've ever had a hub off, it might take 45 minutes, TOPS...
never had one off
do you have to mess with the brakes?
You don't even have to jack the truck up. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Remove the old hub and innards, install new hub and innards. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
thought you had to take off the wheel and all that crap?
just unscrew old one, pull really hard and put the new one in?
not even pull really hard...its an easy, straightforward swap..
ok so i dont get how it stays inside...if the end part screws onto the other end...what does that connect to?
There's a snapring on the axleshaft. Take that off and the innards slide right out. (On manual hubs, there's also a large external ring that fits in a groove on the inside of the hub...I don't recall if the auto's have that, but it can be a b!tch to get out sometimes.)
Here is a pretty good post on this
i rekkon ill give it a shot...hey, if it doesnt work, i can come here and b*tch about it, lol
There will be a small snap ring on the end of the shaft that you remove first. After that, you'll see two little things sticking out that are attached to the inner snap ring. Squeeze them together with pliers and use one of the screws to remove them. Pitch those auto hubs, pop the manual in and install snap rings, install outer hub with dial, and you're done. Whole job an be done in 30 minutes or less if you're experienced, double that if you're not totally sure what is going on...but it'll only take a few minutes to figure out. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
will there be room to take these snap rings out with the wheel still on?
Pssst, we already told ya that you do NOT have to jack up the truck, which should imply that you also don't have to remove the wheels. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
one person said that, then 3 people said nothing
just making sure /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
Hubs should have instructions with them....they worked for me. I did mine for the first time and it took about prolly 45 min's. It's easy!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
Putting them back on can be trying if the axle gets pushed back towards the pumpkin. If the snap ring won't go back on the axle just reach around the tire and push the axle u-joint towards the hub. The is like 1/16" of play in the axle. I jammed a large screwdriver in the knuckle to hold the axle outboard while I put on the snapring. If you do it this way, remember to pull the screwdriver out before you take your test drive. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
like the other guys said you dont gatta even take the wheel of but even if you did..is it really that big a deal? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
im just playin /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
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