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Old March 30th, 2011, 02:31 PM
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A friend was kind enough to set me up with 2 complete third members and HD rear axles. The rear seems easy enough to do but havent seen alot of info on doing the front.

On Disco-Web they have a write were you unbolt the tire rods and slide the entire swivel ball aseembly out enought to unbolt the axles and drop / replace the third member. Is this the same way for the Defender? Is there a better way to tackle this?

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What I did...simply unbolted the flange at the housing, and pulled the whole package all together with axle...
Just don't drop it on your feet!
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Must be slower than normal today, but you lost me... can you elaborate?


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What I did...simply unbolted the flange at the housing, and pulled the whole package all together with axle...
Just don't drop it on your feet!
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On Disco-Web they have a write were you unbolt the tire rods and slide the entire swivel ball aseembly out enought to unbolt the axles and drop / replace the third member. Is this the same way for the Defender? Is there a better way to tackle this?
This is what I did too. It's the easiest way to take it out and put it back together. Just unbolt the 7 or 8 bolts holding the swivel housing to the axle housing and pull it out about 4-6 inches till you feel it come out of the diff.

Those 7 or 8 bolts are 12 point and a pain in the ass unless you use one of those closed ratcheting wrenches
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Uh...maybe it's me being slow today...


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On Disco-Web they have a write were you unbolt the tire rods and slide the entire swivel ball aseembly out enought to unbolt the axles and drop / replace the third member.
Right, what I said.

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Yes, it's what I did.

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This is the most practical way IMO unless you want to strip the whole swivel ball assembly to bits and then remove the shafts...

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Daniel beat me to it.
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It doesn't take that long to pull the CVs and shafts and rebuild the hubs. When's the last time you replaced or re-packed your wheel bearings?
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What Chris said, good time to repack hubs and put in new seals. if that has been done recently you can use the other method like this.
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That was done less than 6 months ago. Everything is good on that side.


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It doesn't take that long to pull the CVs and shafts and rebuild the hubs. When's the last time you replaced or re-packed your wheel bearings?
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Get a gear wrench and go at it (use a normal wrench to break loose the bolts first).
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i need to find some friends like that.

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