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Old 03-29-2012, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yukon Spin Free

This week in the shop we installed a Yukon Spin Free Kit on a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 owned by our friends at Dynamic Diesel. Dynamic Diesel is a local family owned diesel performance shop that does a lot with diesel drags and truck pulling. They were invited to a dyno day in Moses Lake, WA and wanted to show off some new parts, so we took their truck for the day to get this installed.



We start with putting the truck on our lift. Now this isnít completely necessary, as you could easily do this with tall jack stands and a floor jack in your garage. Once the truck was stable and in the air, we began disassembly. Pull the front tires, brake calipers and rotors. We like to pull the differential cover and drain the fluid. Itís good to take a look at the gears and change the fluid while you have the front tore down this far. It also prevents gear oil from running down the axle tubes and dripping all over the place when you pull the axle shafts. We also pulled the tie rod from the knuckles to make things a little easier. Pulling the shafts was our next step, this can be a bit tricky depending on how many miles are on the odometer and how much rust has built up between the knuckle and the unit bearing. Sometimes the unit bearings require some persuasion from a big hammer and a drift to get them out, which was our experience with this install. After removing the unit bearings and shafts we can remove the ABS sensor, set it aside and clean up the mounting surface of the knuckle coating it with anti-seize once weíre done.







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Old 03-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Once we got the axle shafts out it was time to separate the inner and outer shafts from each other. A good tool to have on hand for this project is a ball joint puller. It proved to be useful for a few of our tasks during this project. Here we used it for pulling the U-joints from the outer shafts. For this upgrade the outer stubs get replaced with 35 spline, Dana 60 units. Also, the owner of the truck chose to replace the U-joints while we had this tore apart so we used the puller to take the old joints completely out. Itís not always necessary to change the joints, but a itís good idea to do it while youíre there. We then reassembled the inner and new outer shafts and set them aside until later. For this particular kit we are combining the OEM Dodge 9.25 inner axle shaft with a Dana 60 outer stub. While they are close in dimensions, a .035Ē spacer is used between the c-clip and the ears of the Dana 60 stub to secure the c-clips. Do not forget to install these. Once the inner and outer shafts are together we installed the axle shaft dust shields and rubber boots before setting them aside until later.






In this picture you can see the .035Ē spacer under the clip





With the shafts ready to install lets take a look at the components for this kit. We have the new spindles, the hub assemblies, Warn Premium hubs, the 35 spline stub shafts, new Timken bearings and various bolts, nuts and seals. Like I said earlier the customer supplied new U-joints as well. All of these parts are premium Yukon parts, engineered and tested in-house in our facilities in Everett, WA.
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The next step in this install is pressing the wheel studs into the hubs. Using the ball joint press and an air impact made this easy, and having an extra set of hands even easier but not necessary. Once the wheel studs were in place we packed the Timken bearings and installed the seals.






We can now slide in the axle shafts being careful not to pop out the inner seals. The seals are cone shaped and guide the shafts pretty well into the carrier. After the shafts are in we can install the spindles. First thing to do is to pop in the little seal that goes in the back of the spindle. Then you can install the spindles. Make sure you remember the factory dust shields, they go in between the spindle and the knuckle. Four bolts and four nuts supplied in the kit secure the spindle, dust shield and knuckle together. Using an impact we tightened the nuts and bolts. Before moving on we put the ABS sensors into their new home on the spindles.





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Old 03-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Now its time for the hubs which just slide on. Itís good to coat the spindle with grease while throwing them on to ease installation and prevent moisture from getting inside later. Then we install the locking rings and spindle nut. We tightened the nut as much as we could then gave the hubs a few good whacks with a mallet to make sure the bearings were seated. A couple spins by hand ensured the hubs were tight.






Itís then time to put back in place the rotors, calipers, diff cover, tie rod and add gear oil. Pretty simple stuff.

Last step before putting on the tires is installing the Warn Locking Hubs. Step by step instructions are in the kit and they go in with ease. Then reinstall the tires, torque the lugs and take the truck for a spin.



Before rolling the truck out of the shop we took some pics. Everyone is curious how far the hubs stick out past the wheel. Now this truck has aftermarket wheels that are not exactly the same offset as OEM. As you can see they do stick out some but nothing youíll bang your shins on when checking the engine oil or washing the windows.



All in all the install is pretty straight forward and can easily be done by one guy on a Saturday with basic garage tools and a ball joint puller. Our install took about 4 hours and that was with stopping multiple times to shoot pictures and video.
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A lot of farmer's/ranchers around here are tired of replacing unit bearing's on their Dodge's. I will be recommending this kit to them as an alternative. Very nice...
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So I have a 06 dmax that I put a 05 dodge front end under it, I've been looking around at the best kit to purchase and of course price, couple questions, what are the hubs made of? I don't use 4 wheel drive that often so I don't need 35 spline outer shafts, can I just use dana 60 30 spline? Which I already have from other projects. What's the best price on these things?
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Lorene loves them, i checked them out soon as she got back to the shop. they should see some abuse this weekend for sure!

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Is it made in america?
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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So I have a 06 dmax that I put a 05 dodge front end under it, I've been looking around at the best kit to purchase and of course price, couple questions, what are the hubs made of? I don't use 4 wheel drive that often so I don't need 35 spline outer shafts, can I just use dana 60 30 spline? Which I already have from other projects. What's the best price on these things?
This is a kit and it's only available with the 35 spl stubs and Warn Hubs
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Do you have this kit available for Dana 30? I wonder if it would include chromoly inner and outer shafts too.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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We do have a D30 kit. YA WU-07
http://yukongear.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProdID=9897

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5x5.5 bolt pattern if you want YA WU-08
http://yukongear.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProdID=9757

Check with one of our distributors on here for great pricing!
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Can I get just the spindles? Do they fit standard D60 hubs?
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We have an assortment of spindles, just go to our site to figure out what you need...
http://yukongear.com/Makes.aspx?Sear...Front+Spindles
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We have an assortment of spindles, just go to our site to figure out what you need...
http://yukongear.com/Makes.aspx?Sear...Front+Spindles
Let me be more specific, I have an 04 Super Duty Dana 60. I would like to change from unit bearings to spindles using standard dana 60 stuff. Do you have anything like that? I do not want a kit.
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Let me be more specific, I have an 04 Super Duty Dana 60. I would like to change from unit bearings to spindles using standard dana 60 stuff. Do you have anything like that? I do not want a kit.
That's what the kit does
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That's what the kit does
Thanks, I did not know that!
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Are there any hub options that don't stick out so far?
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I ran this same free spin kit on my o6 duelly worked awesome and
It improved the fuel milage and held up great with the 22.5 semi wheels
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Are there any hub options that don't stick out so far?
Warn Premium Hubs come in the kit.
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I am also interested in a kit with 30 spline so I can use the warn hubs I already have. I do not need a 35 spline stub on my tow rig.
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We recently put this kit on our shop 06 Mega Cab, We've seen a 3.5mpg gain average, and the steering has a better feel all around, especially in tight turning, the U-joint overlap feel is gone.

We also received the Yukon Hardcore Locking Hub's rather than the Warns.
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And with everything going together onto the truck. And a glamour shot of the truck from a few month ago after a good detailing.
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Is there a kit for a 2000 Ford SD? Didn't see on listed yet. Thanks
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The Dodge and Jeep kits are the only ones in production at this time. The Ford kits are on the production schedule but we do not have an ETA on this kit at this time.
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