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rear axle hub rebuild?

Rob

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I have just done my front hubs and was wondering as to what work should be undertaken on the rear axle before going on a 20k mile overland trip.

My 80 has 136k miles on it and the original front bearings were a bit tired so decided to change them all including steering. Do the rear bearings wear at the same rate?

Also i have been looking at the fsm and for the full floating axle, there is a rather odd bearing tightening nut which seems to require a SST (special service tool i think). What could i use instead of the SST?
 

Graham Stirling

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I stripped and rebuilt my rear axle over the last couple of weeks, however, i haven't got round to refitting the hubs yet. If the bearing nut you are refering to is the same as on my axle then i just undid the lock screw with an impact driver and wound the bearing nut out by hand. I recon you could make up a tool by cutting down an old socket to leave 2 prongs to act on the holes in the bearing nut.
 

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It would be worth inspecting the rear bearings Rob and it's not difficult. Remove the caliper and disc/drum and pull the half shaft. Then you will be able to feel if there's any play and spin the hub to check it runs free. You can cut 3 gaps into your 54mm socket to fit the lugs on the adjuster and that's supposed to work well enough (I used a home made tool which is just a slice of bar the right diameter drilled for the lugs and a 1/2" drive hole milled in the middle). Don't know about anyone else but I always found an impact screw driver, the type you hit the end of, made short work of breaking the lock screws free without mangling the heads.
 

Rob

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Thanks for the info guys, now i remember Julian mentioning a modified 54mm socket will work. Could someone post a pic of a modified socket please.

If i cut up my 54mm socket will i be able to use it on the front hubs as well?
 
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