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Old July 18th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Axle stub shaft intermediate seal

Finally cleaning parts in preparation of putting the front axle back together on my '94 D90, and found the intermediate seal on one of the stub axles is torn and the tensioning spring is falling out.

How bad would it be to re-assemble without replacing this? I assume it just means oil will make it out to the rubber axle cap when off camber. My diffs are still not back from GBR, but If sourcing these is any trouble I don't want to delay re-assembly if I can help it.

Also, if I get a replacement, should I get the thin bearing as well? It looks like it might be hard to press out without damaging it.

Off to look for a replacement now.

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On closer inspection there are 2 seals and this is the outer one if that makes a difference. My parts book shows 3 which is confusing

FTC840 - 2 x outer (says my vin doesn't fall into this range)
FTC3145 - NLA use FTC5268 (my vin falls into this range)
FTC5268 - 1 x inner (this is after my vin)

So I'm guessing I need 2 x FTC5268

And for the record the bearing is FTC861.

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Old July 19th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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If it lets oil out it could also let water in if you wheel in mud.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 09:11 AM
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Pull that seal and then run a RTC3511 hub seal. It's what guys do so they can have a wet hub. I know Bill at GBR recommends it too you can check with him. I have run hundreds of thousands of miles this way with no issues.

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Dammit Eric, I didn't think to ask for you yesterday. I ordered from RN (online first, then called to add something unrelated), but I got the 2 x FTC5268 and the bearing just in case I damaged it on the way out.

Is this going to be a bad setup (2xFTC5268)? I believe my order isn't going to be processed until monday, so if you can help modify it before then, please let me know.

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That will work fine to keep the factory set up. If you ordered from RN I won't be much help at fixing the order since I'm at AB

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I meant AB sorry.
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I added the RTC3511's to your order.

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Pull that seal and then run a RTC3511 hub seal. It's what guys do so they can have a wet hub. I know Bill at GBR recommends it too you can check with him. I have run hundreds of thousands of miles this way with no issues.

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Can someone elaborate on this for the Rover-challenged?

What are advantages / disadvantages of this setup?

Is this a recommended conversion for all rigs or just as a "fix" for this problem?
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Thanks Eric!

John, rovers used to have oil in the hubs and at some point they swapped to a grease because people seemed to think that leaky swivels were a problem. I'm in the oil is good camp - easy to replace and/or top off.

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