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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pressing knuckle off my d60: UPDATED

I am progressing on my front d60. I had to take a few days off after dropping it on my toe. Thank God I had good boots on or I might have lost it.

Anyway, I shortened the axle today by 4". Now I am trying to remove the axle tube from the knuckle (or "C"). I ground the weld until I could see a hairline crack and then tried to press the tube off with my 12 ton HF press. I had the press creaking, groaning and bending. No Joy!

Should it be this hard to get off? Do I need a bigger press? If so, how big?

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

BFH and the press?

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

Use a sawzall , stick the blade inside the tube and cut one side of the tube length ways, this gap will loosen it and allow you to press it out.

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

try welding a bead inside of the axle tube where the tube is inside of the knuckle then try pressing it out. this works with outer races on bearings to. you might try some heat but you'll need a real torch(oxy./act.and a rosebud tip). put knockle in press then throw heat on the knuckle while you got pressure on the tube. i've never tried pulling the knucle off so these ideas are just that, they've worked for me on similar situations.

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

i beat mine out with a big sledge.. but it was serious "man-work"

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

I already cracked the concrete on my driveway trying to beat it out of there. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] Damn things are tough.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

I'll try Waynes approach on Thursday when I have time. If that doesn't work than on to the heat!

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

does your hair line crack go completely around the knuckle/tube? if not it should.

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

Yea, I made absolutlely sure before I tried to get it out. It even became a little more visible after I had it in the press.



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did you get it out yet?

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Re: Pressing knuckle off my d60

Not yet. I have to take the xmas lights down first. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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