Re: Front axle shafts
The joint was too big to fit through the hole in the thing the spindle bolts to. I don't know what you call that. Anyway, the rust was so bad it actually made the joint bigger and since the knuckle or whatever was all rusty it made that hole smaller. I mean, it was just barely.
I took a file to the corners of the universal's caps to knock the rust off and then filed off the recessed zerk fitting. I still couldn't get it out with the pry bar but a good swift yank got it out.
I was hoping to avoid using brute force but nothing with these two axles has been easy. I just took a caliper off with a die grinder. I grinded the ears off the caliper on the threaded end and cut the pin end of the caliper bolts off.
The balljoints and draglink ends are junk. The centerlink seems to be good. One locking hub I had to drill the bolts out. The rear carrier was broken. The rear wheel bearings are shot. The rear axle shafts are pitted. Universals are shot worse than the ones that are in my truck. All this headache for $175.