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Old 09-16-2003, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default lemme hear your axel nut stories!!!

word. so i have these spare hubs from my JDM STI rite? nice and clean, correct bigarse brake heat shield with slots cut in for cooling/dust etc etc. i pull the axel/brake/struts off them to swap them in my car, and the BEARINGS ARE TOAST!. boooooo. being on a budget, and not feeling like taking it from my parts counter (i go there 3x a week already for expensive stuff (even on discount)), i have decided to pull the FWD axels outa my hubs (ARGH!) and put the nice AWD axels in my existing hubs (with good hub bearings). theyre outa the car already, rusted to poo, and not coming apart. ive tried the torch, the dremmel, the toarch, the dremmel, the wrench with breaker bar, the dremmel, the torch, the wrench. its not happening. i tried the drill and it broke me.

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Old 09-16-2003, 10:56 AM   #2
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Are you sure the bearings are gone ? Sometimes when you pull the axle nut and the axle out, the bearing starts to come apart in the hub. Put back in the shaft and torque up the nut and check it again. It would be idea to put the upright in a vise and put the rotor and a wheel on and then check for play. That will tell you for sure.
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Old 09-16-2003, 11:05 AM   #3
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mine were on the car
i took the center cap off of the rim
tightened the rim back down
lowered the car had some one stand on the brake and used a breaker bar with a 6' extension
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Old 09-16-2003, 04:15 PM   #4
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Mine was only on a WRX with about 60k miles with a destroyed hub/bearing assembly. With the 650 ft-lb impact it came off in about 1 second.
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Old 09-16-2003, 07:53 PM   #5
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Using a total length near 5 feet long and my 150lbs jumping on the end multiple times my axle nut slowly turned.

I had a breaker bar, not enough leverage. I had to visit home depot and find a pipe that would fit over it. The pipe was less than 10$. I doubt an impact wrench would have removed it, most likely it would have trashed the nut.
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Old 09-17-2003, 12:01 AM   #6
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Mine never came off with an impact. Required a breaker bar and half of a jack handle and a couple hundred pounds of force at the end to get them to break loose.

Make sure you try to straighten out the spot where the nut is punched to keep it from spinning, one spot on the lip shoudl be bent in a bit. Take a screwdriver and pry that out.

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Old 09-17-2003, 02:24 PM   #7
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Remember that the axle nut should be replaced every time as well, usually your replacement axle comes with a new one.
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Old 09-19-2003, 04:38 AM   #8
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Holy cow! I had the same problem, couldn't get my nut off.

First attempt we broke a Craftsman breaker bar. This thing had broken many nuts in it's day. It met it's match that day. I suppose the 6' cheater bar had something to do with it.

Back from Sears with a fresh breaker bar (don't you love that), I'm stomping the brakes, and my buddy who is slightly over 200 #'s has the new breaker bar, 4' extension, and he's jumping up and down on it. Unreal.

Oh yeah, in between attempts we hit it with propane, then MAP gas, and an Impact driver. It scoffed at the Impact, many times.

In the end, a chissel, and two full hours of repeated hammering broke through the nut. Even when we had a full side of threads ripped off, the sucker held. It wasn't until we broke through the collar of the nut, did it come lose. Again, the breaker bar. ps, just shave one corner of the nut off, and the socket will still work.

Now, upon further examination, the last jackass who tightened this thing was obviously paranoid. Every thread on the sucker was squashed to the point that another half turn would have stripped it. I'd guess 200 #'s or more, and who knows how many miles .

All I can say, is I feel for you. Prepare to sweat. Best of luck with your nuts.

^ that guy looks like he might have just got a nut off. I present him to you for inspiration.
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