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stretching an axle
August 28, 2015 05:23PM
anyone have any good ghetto methods of stretching a dana 1030 so i can get the ring out? i know there's some crazy volvo tool out there, but that's not happening. bolt on some rotors backwards and wail on them? i have no idea.

and as an adendum, rockauto has 1030 R&P sets for 125 bucks. 4.88! bearing kit was 60.
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Re: stretching an axle
August 28, 2015 05:32PM
You buckeroo heres a cobbed together cheep cheep cheep! dealio


Google image search Dana 30 spreader..

Whang bang sumpin like that for under 12 Rubles which is under 360 Dinarii
Deal!



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Re: stretching an axle
August 28, 2015 05:56PM
oh! so we're using those two big holes on either side of the diff case to spread the diff a bit using some nice m6 rods and a bunch of bolts basically. yeah? already have angle iron. thanks john, pictures speak a thousand words moj drug.
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Re: stretching an axle
August 28, 2015 05:59PM
I always used a prybar to pull and whack the bottom of the diff housing with a hammer to shock it out a little. No risk of permanently distorting a housing from being a doofus with the spreader tool.

Unless the bearings are worn, then you get a catcher's mitt and grab it as it falls out when you remove the bolts.



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Re: stretching an axle
August 28, 2015 06:33PM
I'm with Pete. I've never used the spreader thingie. Just two pry bars, put them into the cutout in the diff. Preload them and give the outer case a love tap with a mallet.
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Re: stretching an axle
August 29, 2015 07:48PM
ok, so that worked and the carrier is now out. took a piece of angle iron and driled two holes to match the flange bolt pattern and used that to get the pinion nut off.

now i can't get the flange off. tried prying around it, whacking it with a mallet, lashing two huge prybars to it and jumping on them... quarter stick may come next.

anyone? the tool for doing it shown in the dana manual looks completely indecipherable. i am at a loss.
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Re: stretching an axle
September 01, 2015 01:05AM
A standard 2 or 3 prong puller will work. Autozone or O'Rizzles usually has a puller they'll loan out. I have one at my shop that should work if you need it.
Let me know.
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Re: stretching an axle
September 01, 2015 10:44PM
so my favorite local mom and pop parts shop, radke's had gone out of business. since 1933 they were helping the locals. so i couldn't borrow a puller from them, and baxter doesn't rent. so i bought a puller and it stripped out first try. ha! i will beat this flange... after i get my money back from baxter.
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