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After bending two seals and waisting $12 I guess I need to attack this a different way. I had tried using a 1 1/4" socket with an extention and a hammer. Normally this works for me on front main seals, pinion seals etc, but these little bastards are not only tough to get to, they are hard to keep square to the axle tube.

How do you guys successfully get these seals into place, without warping and bending the seal body? Is there a special tool, or technique?
 

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If you have scrap metal laying around, cut a rectangular piece of steel that is the same length as the diameter as the seal and round off the edges. Tack a long rod or bolt to the center and Wa La! That is what I did, made it easy too. Plus I was bored! <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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Just start tapping around the seal until it goes in, just have patients. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Those things can be a bitch. <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0"> Also make sure when sliding the axle in you dont nick the seal, those things damage easily, and you'll find out later when gear oil is coming out your hubs. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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i found a wooden stake (1"x2") and cut it about 6" long.put a little bearing grease on the edges of the seal to help it SLIDE in.be gentle with the hammer moving the wood around a little as the seal begins to go in. be patient, after you get one in you will learn the trick. ive never ruined a seal with the wood driver. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I made a seal puter inner out of PVC pipe and a PVC coupler. I took a piece of 3/4" S 40 (I think that was the size) about 8" long and glued a coupler on it, then I took another piece of 3/4" S40 about 1" long and glued it into the other end of the coupler which left about 1/2" sticking out, beveled the end. In slips into the seal and the coupler rests against the metal ring on the seal which I tap into place with a dead blow or rubber hammer.
 
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