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Old 01-09-2006, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Axle Removal Tips?

Found some new axles for my ZJ, one problem though, they are still under the truck and I don't have a torch. So I'm bringing the sawzall and grinder.
Any tips on getting them out?

The brake lines I'm just gonna cut off, however the rest has got me a bit confused. I'm thinking cut the leaf springs just behind the shackle mount, for the shocks either cut the mounts off the axle or cut the shock shaft and for the driveshaft just cut through it?
Any ideas? That's all I need to remove to get the axles out right (brake lines, springs, shocks, driveshaft)
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why wouldnt you just unbolt everything, insted of cutting it off. It doesnt take long to un bolt it. and have fun cutting leafs with a sawzall, it will be faster to unbolt them. The only thing you should cut is the brake lines, if anything.
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Cutting the u-bolts is the quickest method.
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truck is a 78 so I think a lot of the bolts would be rusted up pretty good. I'll have my socket set and breaker bar with me so I'll try unbolting it first with not I'll cut the u bolts.

What about the driveshaft?
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In such cases - removing rusted bolt/nut combinations and such - I've found a looongg breaker bar to be my friend (typically a 3/4" Craftsman breaker bar and a threee to six foot piece of pipe depending on access issues). It is amazing how easily a bolt will snap and save you the time and trouble of cutting, sawing, grinding, etc.

Obviously, this isn't the method I'd use if it was a captured bolt - where I'd have to drill the remains out of the hole when it snapped...
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truck is a 78 so I think a lot of the bolts would be rusted up pretty good. I'll have my socket set and breaker bar with me so I'll try unbolting it first with not I'll cut the u bolts.

What about the driveshaft?

you would think theyd be rusted fast wouldnt you, when i went to the pick-n-pull for mt new leafs i put a 2 foot pipe on my 1/2 drive and just broke em loose, came right off. ya could even hit em with some WD or PB first, but dont go cutting shit, its guys like you i hate. "oh lets just cut it so no1 else can use the parts"
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Old 01-09-2006, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hell, two bolts on each leaf spring and then the 4 on the driveshaft yoke and two for the shocks and your in business. plus that way you have a new set of leaf springs also.

or just cut the u-bolts and unbolt everything else
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its guys like you i hate. "oh lets just cut it so no1 else can use the parts"
I'm buying the whole truck to yank the axles and t-case from then it's off to the scrapper to be cubed.
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zip disc the U bolts, and the brake lines. if it's sua and you need to undo the leafs, much easier to cut the shackle than the leaf.
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