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    Default solid axles in a cj5 amc20

    I have an 82 cj5 and am installing the solid axles.it didnt have installation instructions ,so am i right that i have to put the seals and brake backing plate on the axle then press the bearing on ? it was suppose to be a two hour job...but the axles i ordered were two inches too long so i sent them back to get the other set. but i was going to go ahead and assemble the brakes.i guess i need to wait and see if these other axles are going to fit ,besides i will have to have the afforementioned done. any tips would be appreciated

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    wish I could help...but I can say good choice. I know a guy that beats his solid axles with heavy 35thornbirds and a 304v8 in his cj and they take it like a champ

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    thank you TBrock !! that will work perfectly. cheers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpiper1 View Post
    thank you TBrock !! that will work perfectly. cheers!!
    You're welcome. How hard was it to remove the hubs from the axles?

    Mine come in Monday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBrock View Post
    You're welcome. How hard was it to remove the hubs from the axles?

    Mine come in Monday...
    You don't have to, you should be able to get at the bolts holding the axle in with out removing the hub.

    Kind of a pain, but it can be done.

    The axle is tapered, so once the big nut is off, it's not to bad to remove the hub.

    A little PB Blaster and a waqck with a BFH will usually knock 'em loose.

    If you plan on re using them, I would get a puller, the slide hammer ones work great.


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    the hub on one side came off with PBB a puller and a BFH !! The other one was not as cooperative...heated the hub with a torch put a 20ton press on it beat it with a bfh....nothing. so i cut the bearing off and removed the brake plate.. but i am wondering if i need the little dust cover thing that held the axle in place on the new axles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpiper1 View Post
    .. but i am wondering if i need the little dust cover thing that held the axle in place on the new axles?
    Do you have a pic of it?

    I'm not as familiar with the Amc20 since I swapped out to the D44. With that said, shouldn't there be a backing plate/axle retainer on the new solid axle? Or is that the 'dust cover'?

    Later, T.J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpiper1 View Post
    .........but i am wondering if i need the little dust cover thing that held the axle in place on the new axles?
    That should be the outer seal, and it comes as a unit when new (plate and seal) Should install a new one while you have it apart, no sense in using the old seal.


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    Hope I'm not confusing you My axles were Superior brand, and, after looking at the Moser instructions, are different.

    Mine had the retainer plate/seal and what they call the 'Gaurd, optional' as one unit.

    When I ordered new seals, they came installed in a new retainer plate, so all I used from mt original, was the brake backing plate. Removing it like you did, by cutting off the bearing.


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