Pull the spindle far enough out to slip off of and over the end of the axle. Grab
the axle, push it in and then slam the axle out of the front differential using
slack to pop the axle clip out of the diff. Repeat the entire process on the
Use a .300-inch-diameter straight-pin punch or an air hammer with similar-
sized bit to drive out the 5/16-inch roll pin that secures the front of the
driveshaft to the front diff. We unbolted the Fox Edition’s front sway bar for
hammer clearance. This is the hardest part and will require a good bit of force.
If you jack up the rear end, you can rotate the driveshaft to the ideal location
by turning the rear wheel. Some prefer to drive the pin out through the bottom
We used a long pry bar or a tire iron to push the driveshaft flange off the dif-
ferential input shaft. Remove the four differential mounting bolts from the bot-
tom of frame, unplug the sensor plug, and then remove the differential from the
chassis. You will need to carefully rotate the diff to get it out of the frame rails.
Clean the differential thoroughly with carb cleaner or other solvent. Remove the
seven 10mm-head diff bolts, and use a large flat-blade screwdriver to open up
Remove the two plates from that and hold secure the bearing assembly into
the differential. Lay them in the other diff half in the same direction you will
Remove the center assembly complete with the broken plastic bearing carrier.
Be sure to remove any and all broken plastic pieces, as well as all the bearings
Collect all of the loose bearing pins and all of the spring clips. We found a small
hook pick that works well to remove the spring clips from the plastic carrier.
You will need to install all of the spring clips onto the new aluminum carrier,
and then install all the needle bearings. We suggest using zip-ties like a ring
compressor, to keep the pins in place.
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