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What are you using to remove the side bearings on the carrier for a Dana 44. Is the posi lock brand any good or any other recommendations brand, model, size? Any tips for removing the bearing without destroying it <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

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use this...
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=3979

and this ....
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=33497

[NOTE:] This will most likely destroy the bearing. Found that the easiest way for testing shims is to get two extra bearings and home out the insides with a dremel and a paper sanding bit such that they just slid on and off. Get it set up with that and then use the good bearings when you have it right.

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Originally posted by damon_achey:
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[NOTE:] This will most likely destroy the bearing. Found that the easiest way for testing shims is to get two extra bearings and home out the insides with a dremel and a paper sanding bit such that they just slid on and off. Get it set up with that and then use the good bearings when you have it right.</STRONG>
I was up at gearmans shop this weekend when he was setting up my d44. I have no idea what he used but it made a ton of noise and appeared to be handheld. He had to adjust shims 2 or 3 times I think. Only used one pair of bearings for the carrier though.

That said, with the right tool you won't be busting bearings. I bet one bearing is cheaper than that tool though!
 

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I have seen specific tools just for the carrier bearings, it would fit over the bearing and you would put 3 or 4 blocks around the bearing and when you tighten down the screw the blocks would catch the bottom lip of the bearing and lift it off. Probably a pretty expensive tool.

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You could buy a cheap table top press and a bearing removal plate. Press is one of those thing you don't know how you got along without it. I had a bud help set up one of my axles at his house because he had the press. Never had a problem with damaging the bearings when we were setting it up.
I about drive him nuts all the times I show up on his door step to use his press for a few minutes. On my list of shop tools I must have once I move and get a shop big enough to have one.
If you do the bearing trick be carefull. If any of the shims are not competly flat it will hold the bearing out some and give you inacurate readings. Once you press the bearing on it will take up that imperfection and then you end up with a different reading. The shims have to be perfect if you do it that way.
The bearings must all be new and come out of the same box so that their tolerences are identical. You cant use the old bearings and get the same readings as new bearings. NAPA will sell the bearins seperate from the race. That way you reuse the same race and remove some of the variable.
 

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I know when my friend set my 44s up he used a tool that has a collar that goes over the bearing and you put your impact gun on the top screw and it slides the bearing off..

He works for 4 wheelparts, and thats what they use.

Snap on Mac and a few others carry the tool, I inquired once about it from a friend he said it was about 600 with 5 sets of collars. If you do bearings all the time its well worth the money..
 

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I'm using the cheapo Harbor Freight "large bearing separator" with a 2 jaw puller and some home brew attachments. It works really well and doesn't destroy the bearings. I've practiced pulling bearings several times on a junk axle, works great.
 

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The best bearing puller I have ever used was made by United Bearing Tool Company out of Iowa. Great tool but I hear the old guy that owns the company had some health problems and the puller is no longer avalible? Anyone used one of these or know if you can still buy one?
 
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