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Old 05-24-2005, 08:04 PM
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removing axles!!

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i have an 8.5 10 bolt and it has 4 bolts, not C-clips. do i have another option of removing the axles without buying a slide hammer?? i cant even find someone who would rent it to me. they say you can put the drum brake on backwardss and work with that??

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Bolt a piece of chain to the lugs and snap it tight. That will get the axle out....poor mans slide hammer.
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they are really on there. i might need to keep snapping..
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C-Clip rear ends have 4 bolts which hold the backing plate on. If this is in a Chevy, I would almost bet you have c-clips.
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if the axle slides in & out slightly with little effort ( weight off the axle) , then it is a C clip rear diff.

press fit bearing axles have no movement in & out
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i checked for c-clips found none. the axles did have a little play in and out. the axle is halfway into the side gear so how can there be a c-clip inside?
it looks like its been pressed in.
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c clip

There is a recess cut into the side gear so the c clip doesn't fall out. Push the axle in and you will see the C clip. Providing you took out the center pin.
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so the c-clip is hidden underneath the side gears. not traditionally shown near the center pin.
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The centre pin, when removed allows the axles to move in a little further, so the "C" clips can be taken out. Then you pull the axle out.
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i want to get a powertraxx locker for this rear. do they make them for this rear? i have pics of the carrier if you want to see them
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i also run a 8.5 10 bolt with press on bearings in my 76 el camino. mine has 3.73 gears from richmond and the powertrax unit from them, so yes they do make one for this style rear end. i used the backing plates that were already on the rearend to pull the axles out. i just beat them back and forth between the axle tubes and the flange on the end of the axles. not the best method but it worked. if you do get a powertrax i think youll be pleased, i love mine and i give it hell
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If you have a Hotchkiss like a 9" Ford or my '56 Olds, you need a puller. The chain trick works some times but other times if the axles are stuck you need a slide hammer. Here is the hammer I welded up out of scraps from my steel bin about 10 years ago. As you can see, there isn't an axle made that could stand against that mondo slide!! Not for use on C-clip Salisbury type axles obviously.
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if you look in my photo album you will see no c-clips. i dont see a flange holding the axles in place. the only flange i seee is the one holding the backing plate in place.
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If you are correct and that isn't a C-clip rear, then my puller would work. You slip the "C" shaped bracket on the right of it over the wheel flange of the axle and pull on it with the slide hammer. Will work on any axle held by a pressed on bearing/retainer plate.
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i also run a 8.5 10 bolt with press on bearings in my 76 el camino. mine has 3.73 gears from richmond and the powertrax unit from them, so yes they do make one for this style rear end. i used the backing plates that were already on the rearend to pull the axles out. i just beat them back and forth between the axle tubes and the flange on the end of the axles. not the best method but it worked. if you do get a powertrax i think youll be pleased, i love mine and i give it hell

is it possible to install the powertrax with the axle in? it would be alot easier to work on instead of removing the axles.
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