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Old 02-10-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Changing out rear end

I'm young and inexperienced and looking to get experienced! What's the best way to swap out the rear? If someone could give me a little step by step instruction that would be awesome! Swapping my 04 7.5 rear with an 04 8.8
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Are you just going to swap the housing of the rear end?
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It's the entire rear
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Not that hard took me a couple hours to get it all out. I recommend power tools for the job and an extra set of hands. Take tires off. Remove top and lower bolt of brake, also the shock bolt to drop arm. Will need a 36mm socket to remove bolt from spindle. Will need a 12 socket for the driveshaft remove driveshaft from rear end and let it hang. Now with a rubber mallot hit the end of the spindle and pull the brake towards you. Pull at the other end were it goes in the housing of the rear end. For this you will need muscle and help. After you take em off remove the sway bar that's connected to the frame and the arm. This will be a 19 I believe. After there will be 2 bolts holding up the housing which I believe are 14's. They will have bushings on them. Get a wrench and put it on the top bolt so it doesn't spin. And then 2 more bolts on the side being held to the frame next to the housing. After that everything is off.
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Not that hard took me a couple hours to get it all out. I recommend power tools for the job and an extra set of hands. Take tires off. Remove top and lower bolt of brake, also the shock bolt to drop arm. Will need a 36mm socket to remove bolt from spindle. Will need a 12 socket for the driveshaft remove driveshaft from rear end and let it hang. Now with a rubber mallot hit the end of the spindle and pull the brake towards you. Pull at the other end were it goes in the housing of the rear end. For this you will need muscle and help. After you take em off remove the sway bar that's connected to the frame and the arm. This will be a 19 I believe. After there will be 2 bolts holding up the housing which I believe are 14's. They will have bushings on them. Get a wrench and put it on the top bolt so it doesn't spin. And then 2 more bolts on the side being held to the frame next to the housing. After that everything is off.

Now THAT is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much for your help. And now I'll do it and gain that experience and never have to ask again!
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Now THAT is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much for your help. And now I'll do it and gain that experience and never have to ask again!

No problem if you run into a problem let us know. I can also post pics of anything you need. Most of my rear end is out
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Don't know when exactly I'll have time for this but I'm sure I'll run into some sort of problem
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Yea but any one with tools and patience can do it
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Feel free to hit me up if you ever get stuck at some point. I ended up just googling what I needed when I did my IRS swap
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Thanks JDF, I will for sure!
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For any of the bolts need to be torqued?
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What do you mean?
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Like to a certain ft/lbs
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Got any specific bolts you're thinking of? Most of them I would get pretty tight.
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None specific I was just curious
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Just make sure everything is pretty tight and you should be good.
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Alright thanks!
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Yes there are torque values, you are doing a suspension component... Get a Chilton's and that will have your correct numbers.
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What exactly I a Chilton's
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Chiltons is a service manual
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Do I just find one online?
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You should be able to find them at any auto parts store.
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You should be able to find them at any auto parts store.
Eh... some. Most places have Haynes which suck cock.

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So here do I get it then
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So here do I get it then
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Hmm I must have a Haynes then. Is Chilton something that you just purchase online?
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I'm looking up the torque specs and I think I found them but I'm not sure which bolts are which
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Post up the specs and which bolts they are to, or post up a picture of them.
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You should load the axle before tightening

After the housing is in and bolts are snug, you should put jack stands under the axle and lower the car, loading the axle. once all the weight of the car is on the axle you can tighten.
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That post is slightly confusing to me
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Post up the specs and which bolts they are to, or post up a picture of them.

I just want and bought a Haynes so I think I can figure it out!
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You should load the axle before tightening



After the housing is in and bolts are snug, you should put jack stands under the axle and lower the car, loading the axle. once all the weight of the car is on the axle you can tighten.

Never mind I read it wrong. Where on the axel should I put the jack stands? And what is the benefit to this?
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If you tighten the bolts on the control arms (which are the bars that hold the axle) while the suspension is hanging, not supporting the weight of the car. When you put the car back down it will have a tendency to twist or even tear the rubber bushings.

When you remove the existing axle you will have to support the car on jack stands from the body supports which allows the axle to hang. When you tighten the bolts you want the axle in the position it would be in when normally driving to avoid what i explained above. hope that helps
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Makes sense! Thanks I'll be sure to do that
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Just make sure they don't interfere with putting the tires on and you will be good
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