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50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

When last we talked there was some debate -- are the two locknuts on the sami front spindle 50, 51, or 2 inch? I feel the need to torque this thing down correctly.

Next question, someone had made a "special tool" for this -- sarge, was that you? Might I maybe borrow this from you if I reimburse you for shippin'?

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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

It's 50 mm. A 2" socket will work adiquately. Sears or a decent auto parts store should have them in 3/4 drive. Sears sells a 3/4 to 1/2 adaptor. A socket can be had for about $22. Shipping both ways would probably approach that cost.

Gazuki built a tool to do it.

IMHO your worrying about the preload and torque too much. try this:

o If you replace the bearing races be sure they are seated completly
o Tighten the first nut and rotate the disk while it seats in.
o When you feel some decent drag, loosen it a bit. You should still feel drag, but light.
o Insert the lock washer.
o Tighten the lock nut tight, but dont kill it. (an 18" breaker bar isn't neccessary.)
o Bend a tab to lock the outer nut down.

I've done hundreds of wheel bearings this way without a torque wrench or the fish scale. Including race cars, trucks, street cars, and my zuk.

It'll work. Besides someday you might need to do it trailside without the "right" tools
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IMHO your worrying about the preload and torque too much. try this:

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if you have a 1/2" or 3/8" torque wrench you could also practice on a watever bolt torquing to the specefied torque to try and learn the feel of that torque, then use channel locks. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

I actually use an even larger hub socket. I had a spare socket from a Toyota 4Runner I used to have. The front hub nut is so big that even a little free play between the socket and nut is not a big deal, especially considering the low torque that you need to use. Therefore, if you are questioning what size socket to get, I would go bigger rather than smaller.
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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

50 mm is the correct size, but are harder to find and more expensive than a 2 inch socket which also fits fine. Make sure it is deep enough though.
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The Special tool might be a chisel and mallet. I rebuilt knuckles on my zuks for years and never owned the large socks. Just tap it around with a chisel and you're good to go. You don't tighten them much anyway. Vehicles like Jeeps need to be cranked down hard on the the spindle nuts. Samurais barely go further than finger tight.
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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

I have been redoing bearings for years and still do not own a spindle socket. I have always used a chisel and hammer, and it always works fine, never burned one up.
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Re: 50mm, 51mm, or 2 inch-- what is it?

Well everyone! Thank you for the help! I'll be putting the drivers side together today using your advice -- I didn't realize it could be so easy!

SO easy, in fact, that Miss Brandy wants to try her hand at doing the other side for an IZook writeup!

Thanks guys!
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