Join Date: Apr 2002
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Lock Right Install, Part 1
Started the install of the lock right in my 44 rear on Saturday. Jacked up the Jeep and put it on secure stands. Pulled the wheels and drums, then removed the diff cover to drain. Popped the caps in the flange, then removed the nuts from the backing plates. Pulled the axles to clear the carrier, using the drum replaced backwards on the lugs as a slide hammer. Marked the bearing caps and removed them, then pulled the carrier keeping the races in place so as not to mix them. Selected what appeared to be an appropriate sized punch to remove the roll pin, and proceded to tap it out. Got the punch stuck in the roll pin! It wouldn't come out, not even by locking vice grips onto the punch and hitting it with a hammer, taking care to not hit the bearing. Had to weld a nut onto the punch, and use a slide hammer to get the punch out. Finally got the punch removed, and using a LONG punch borrowed from my neighbor (who always ends up bailing me out), removed the roll pin, cross shaft, side gears and thrust washers. Upon inspection of the cross shaft, found it to be grooved, galled and scored. At 3pm Saturday, I was out of luck. Only thing left to do was clean parts, and do some other work like installing new locking front hubs.
I'll order the new cross shaft and roll pin today as soon as National 4WD opens, and finish the job during the evenings this week.
Thanks to all who offered their valuable advice, and especially to John Snyder for his compressor, assistance, persistence, and moral support.
Overall, I don't think this will be as difficult as I originally thought. I'll post the rest of the story as it unfolds.