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Old 12-07-2002, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Diff removal

Just wanted to see if anyone has tips or tricks to remove the diff assembly from a 404 housing. I finally got mine out after about an hour or two of messing around.

I found that the tie rod had to be removed, diff rotated so the locker is pointed up, and hold the locker engaged while tilting it out. It was a PITA. I'm hoping there is a neat trick to make it easier when I tackle the second axle.
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Old 12-08-2002, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you did it right

Cruiser,

This is verbatim from the shop manual:

Knock out two set pins.
Attach drive housing (3rd member) to hoist and raise approx. 1 cm at first, then turn 90 degrees to the left (counterclockwise) and lift out completely.

I have all of the backlash numbers and other specs if you need them. Come to think of it, you might want to call your nearest Unimog dealer and order the manual so you'll have it all there in your shop when you need it.

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Old 12-08-2002, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sean,

Thanks for the reply. Glad to know I did it right. Of course I found out the hard way that its the only way that the diff will come out.

As far as the shop manual, I had read somewhere the factory manual did have much on the axles. I might have to check further into that.

It looks like I won't have to rebuild the diff assembly, I just have to change over to the narrowed housings I have. So I may not need the backlash numbers and specs, but would be good information to have collected here for others.

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Old 07-23-2008, 09:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know this is an old thread but does anyone have the backlash numbers for the ring and pinion?
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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While you got the diff out go on and grind out the axle housing so you can load the diff straight back in without the rotation issues. Oh yea....a zip-tie on the locker arm also comes in real handy.
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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X2 on the "open up the housing" so you don't have to screw with rotating it again.
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i would be interested to know what the backlash specs are supposed to be. i checked mine before dissassembly and it was .005" and it was the same when i assembled it, so i figured it was fine.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have been thinking about adding an assist cylinder to my front end using a double ended ram and two short tie rods to replace the stock tie rod in the back. To do this I had figured on welding a 3/8" plate to the bottom of the diff housing and have it overhang in the back so I could mount my ram on top of it below the third member portion of the housing out of harms way. Now if I do this... I am not sure it would be possible to rotate the third member to remove it if I ever needed to. Am I right? Should I reconsider this design?
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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physically should work just fine. It will be "nested" up out of harms way pretty nice too.
"But", may bring the suck trying to remove the pig.
Can't you weld it with a removable mount? I clamped my cylinder with a 2 piece bracket (no pics) that resembled a main cap on an engine crankshaft, and that was easy to service.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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after posting I got to thinking and I guess I 'could' make the whole plate removable, I just thought easier (faster, simpler) install would be nice. Oh well I guess I can suck it up and do things the right(inconvenient, more time consuming) way
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