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Old 10-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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Question about removing rear differential

I've been putting this off for a while but want to remove the rusty rear end and driveshaft to paint these parts. I'm going to use POR-15 and replace the stock cover with the FRPP girdle cover. I will probably upgrade the upper and lower control arms while I'm at it. My question is can this be done without disconnecting the brake lines? As in removing the calipers and suspending them then unbolting everything else?
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Yes you can. Just make sure you suspend the calipers as you stated, the flexible brake lines are very short.
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Cool that's what I was thinking after doing the rear shocks and springs but wanted to double check. Any idea of how much the assembly weighs? Just wondering how to best maneuver it around the garage for painting.
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Cool that's what I was thinking after doing the rear shocks and springs but wanted to double check. Any idea of how much the assembly weighs? Just wondering how to best maneuver it around the garage for painting.
Probably around 150-200 lbs. Two floor jacks would work great.

What is your goal here as these are features that are rarely visible? The surface rust coat is an initial reaction to weather and actually will protect the base metal. If you are concerned that this is the same as sheet metal rust (car cancer) and your rear end will fall apart, you may rest safe. That will not happen.
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