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Old 09-06-2011, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by dvsgene View Post
Great work Cam! Bought the F.A.G. bearings in a National Bearing box from Advance Auto for $35 as well last year. Been waiting for your DIY write-up before I begin.

BB, will be along soon to put this in the Best Links.

The key things are:

1- The special 1/4" drive (not 3/8" drive) E14 socket
2- Wobble extension
3- Angle Grinder to make grooves on the Inner Race so the Bearing Separator can bite on it.
4- Bearing Separator (rent it, don't buy it).
5. The "AmPro" 36-mm socket, I happened to buy it a few years ago from Advance Autoparts for oil change, as it turned out, it was a life-saving tool when pressing the Outer Race from the Hub!

6- Spray the 36-mm nut with WD-40/PB Blaster etc. 3-4 days before doing the job.

So if you are a serious Saturday mechanic, you probably have all the tools already. All you need are additional items #1-5 above.

Last edited by cn90; 09-07-2011 at 09:49 AM.
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