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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2003, 12:07 AM
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Universal joints in the front axle

I have a 93' F-150 4x4, is it true that you can just de-gut the axle, and the axle will pull straight through to replace the unviersal. Is that true.
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Re: Universal joints in the front axle

yes, pull off the hubs/spindles and the axles will (barely) slide through the knuckle. the driver's side will be no problem, but on the passenger side you'll have to remove the slipjoint boot and break it apart there because the inner shaft is held into the differential with a clip.
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Re: Universal joints in the front axle

Just make sure you get the slide hammer and spindle remover from the local auto parts store. This will make for easy spindle removal. The rest is pretty easy.
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Re: Universal joints in the front axle

So there is no retaining clip on the drivers side just the passenger side? I could never remember. I did an ARB four years ago and thought I remembered clips on both sides. Only problem there is that if you blow the middle u-joint you need to pull the 3rd member.
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Re: Universal joints in the front axle

Nope just passenger side on c clip if you have not done any locker installs upfront. I have the front ARB and just finished with putting in new spicer 760's instead of 297's.

And man will I second the "renting" or buying of a slide hammer and spindle puller, total cost was $45. And with reassembly, use of permatex antiseize with the spindle to knuckle mounting.
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