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Old October 28th, 2014, 12:18 AM
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Hey guys, sorry to hop on your thread but I was wondering...

I bought some half shafts from lucky8 and the Ashcroft website says something about removing one of the oil seals to allow the oil to get to the whole shaft... Any clue what that's about?
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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Later axles have a seal on the half shafts. This prevent oil from reaching the drive flange splines and hub bearings.
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Later axles have a seal on the half shafts. This prevent oil from reaching the drive flange splines and hub bearings.
later than 95?
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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:49 AM
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The change was around 1992/93 when they went to the narrow hubs. Item 3. You don't need to remove it. Ashcroft is suggesting it as the dry splines have known wear problems in the stock vehicles. Many people also feel oil filled bearings are better.

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They won't warranty it if it goes...what keeps the oil in if you take the seal out?
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They won't warranty it if it goes...what keeps the oil in if you take the seal out?
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Old October 28th, 2014, 11:56 PM
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They won't warranty it if it goes...what keeps the oil in if you take the seal out?
I'm not sure if you are serious. What warranty??

In any case, #7 is the hub seal, FTC4785. It is best to switch that for an OEM RTC3511. RTC3511 is a better seal and what was used back in the day when the hubs where oil fed.
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I'm not sure if you are serious. What warranty?? In any case, #7 is the hub seal, FTC4785. It is best to switch that for an OEM RTC3511. RTC3511 is a better seal and what was used back in the day when the hubs where oil fed.
Ashcroft warranties their half shafts for 5 years but won't if they wear at the hub because of lack of oil...hence the suggestion of pulling the seal.
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I'm not sure if you are serious. What warranty??.
ashcrofts most likely
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I ditch the #14 gasket and use Right Stuff-- just clean off old gasket first.
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Holy smokes!!!!!

Just called dealer for a couple of items I need:

rear half-shafts-$730.63....each!! 3 weeks out from England

Ignition lock.....wait for it........ $377.26

I'm going to sell this Defender piece by piece.....

I'll have a fortune shortly...

Anyway, better place?

RN, Safari...anybody else to check?

Thanks Board!

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Yikes... I recommend the ashcrofts, and L8 has great pricing on them
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I'd call Marty or Will for the shafts. I don't see any reason to put new in it with how cheap used will be. If you want new, any of the places you've mentioned will have halfshafts, probably for less than $200 each. http://www.rovahfarm.com/



Or put upgraded ashcroft shafts in.
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I have two used shafts you can have for very cheap.

Ignition lock, just get a non-US version (no seat belt chime), should be about $125 or so.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 11:39 AM
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http://www.rovahfarm.com/defenderaxlesandsuspension.htm
$240 for both shafts.

$280 at RN
http://www.roversnorth.com/ProductDe...=PLF581&type=0
http://www.roversnorth.com/ProductDe...455&type=0&eq=

Shop around or ask on here for used ones. Or get the Ashcroft ones.
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Yikes... I recommend the ashcrofts, and L8 has great pricing on them
contact info?

Thanks much!

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I have two used shafts you can have for very cheap.

Ignition lock, just get a non-US version (no seat belt chime), should be about $125 or so.
I think I'll go with new or the Ashcrofts...just don't know the stress used ones may have endured and don't want to be here again.

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contact info?

Thanks much!
See earlier in this thread.

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Sure, it is that easy. It is designed to be easy, to be repaired in the bush.... Just stop fighting it. You own a Defender and it will hate you until you learn how to work on it.

USA source, although you should never be scared of buying from the UK....
http://lucky8llc.com/Products.aspx?ProductID=2192
http://lucky8llc.com/Products.aspx?ProductID=2194
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Thanks very much guys!!

I'll be back in a week or two with report....
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As discussed earlier though, you should first pull the shafts to make sure that a broken shaft is the problem. It could be the diff as well.
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Just called dealer for a couple of items I need: rear half-shafts-$730.63....each!! 3 weeks out from England Ignition lock.....wait for it........ $377.26 I'm going to sell this Defender piece by piece..... I'll have a fortune shortly... Anyway, better place? RN, Safari...anybody else to check? Thanks Board! KCD
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