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Old December 23rd, 2010, 08:33 PM
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A couple of years ago @ Uwharrie Mr. Galpin, Mr. Bobeck and myself came upon a pair of Birts in a 88 who had twisted a rear axle shaft off in the wet red slime and rocks that is Uwharrie.
After pulling the hub they reached in the truck and pulled out a two part aluminum tube with a very strong magnet in the end. They used this tool to pull the broken splined axle stub out of the diff very effectively and quickly.
I want one. Can anyone point me in the right direction ?
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:24 PM
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Wow I want one too but I have never seen one commercially available. I bet someone could make ya something with a Rare earth magnet in the end. Maybe even an electro-magnet?

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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:37 PM
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 09:59 PM
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Doug - A fine gent here in the Denver area named Jim Hall made these devices - jim.hall@solihullsociety.org. If he's not making them anymore, I'm sure he could pass on enough data for you to make your own. Mark
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 10:15 PM
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I think the guys at X Eng make just that tool, go to their website should be right there. I believe it was one of their first items that they were selling.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 01:13 AM
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http://www.x-eng.co.uk/X-Shaft.asp?MID=33

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Old December 24th, 2010, 03:01 AM
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Old December 24th, 2010, 08:12 AM
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Yep, I have one. You can find them pretty cheap on eBay too.
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Old December 24th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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Or you can make your own tool that is superior to the magnet tool.

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Or you can make your own tool that is superior to the magnet tool.

http://gunsandrovers.yuku.com/topic/...ng.html?page=1
Thanks for the heads up on the series diff tool Mark and Mike.
Pretty sure that won't work on the Salisbury axles I deal with. I used the ground rod trick since I have a detriot locker with no spiders but that really isn't a field repair since poth axles need to be pulled and the rod long enough to push the broken stub all the way through. That said the magnetic tool works on all and gets the little shards as well.
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Old December 26th, 2010, 10:03 AM
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Whoops! That's correct, that fork style tool is for Rover 10 spline axles. If you don't have spider gears, and no cross shafts, then all the better-- you don't need the fork! Note that the aluminum tube is used to catch the broken stub that you push out from the opposite side. So the length of the rod only has to be slightly greater than half the width of the axle. You store the rod inside your aluminum tube.

The magnet tool is going to be easier to use, provided it works at all. Sometimes the broken stubs are twisted in there really tight, and can be a bugger to dislodge. The magnet isn't going to get those out, but beating on it from the opposite side almost always works. If you already have one of the magnet tools, then you might think about carrying both tools-- you wouldn't need the aluminum tube if you had the magnet tool, but the rod could still be used to beat stubs out if you can't get them dislodged with the magnet.

It's always a good idea to epoxy a magnet to the inside of your drain plug to pick up any metal shards to get you home for a gear oil change.
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This is going to sound totally off the wall, but i had an old spare tire release rod from a Ford Explorer lying around (used to drop the spare like a crank rod...real long and skinny, you fed it into a slot in the back of the car and cranked the tire down). Anyhow, this thing has to be 4' long or more, so when my stub axle broke in the series I ground one end down and it worked perfect to bang out the stuck bits.

Now, on the other end - and I'll warn you this is McGyver territory - I cut a cardboard paper towel tube in half, duct taped it to a stick, and used it to catch the piece(s) that fell out. I now keep these tucked behind my bench seat along with an extra stub axle.

Totally ghetto I concede, but gets the job done and will be food for thought if this happens to anyone on the fly.
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39lbs of pull (!)
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetai...038DCB&cat=173
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