HELP! Can't get snap ring in!

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Doing the passenger birfied rebuild and finished everything except for one small thing. Can't get the Snap ring in. I don't have enough birfield to pull out to put the ring in.

I've taken it back apart 3 times, scraped off all gaskets like someone said but still, same thing. What can I do?

I've put in a 12mm bolt in and tried to pull it out but still, not enough to put the ring in. I'm going to be stranded if I don't get any help.

ANyone have any suggestions or ideas? I did line up the axle to the two smooth sides and there was no play in it.

HELP!!!
 
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thats the problem. I did that and can not pull enough out.

As for SPIKE-I didnt even break the birfield from the axle so I don't think thats the problem. I just packed it w/ alot of grease.

Believe, I YANKED it out w/ all my might---maybe I"m not strong enough but I used pliers and still no go!
 
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Did you change any bearings? If so, did the races get fully seated? How about the spindle bushing, did you mess with it or replace the spindle? Perhaps a full accounting of what you did might help. I can't think of anything else at the moment that would cause your problem, other than bits of foreign matter lodged somewhere- like between the axle stub and the spindle bushing. Unfortunately I'm off to bed, perhaps someone else will be able to help.

-Spike
 

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What year is your cruiser? Did you change the drive flanges? did you relpace a birf? there was a change mid 94 that uses a different birf shaft and drive flange

Dave
 
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Got a hint that it might be the races in my hub. Either the inner or outer race may not be seated in properly. I know I did the best I could do w/ the drift but maybe it has a little left to go.

Is the hub oil seal supposed to be perfectly even or should it go in deeper and have a little lip? I remember the seal was perfectly even when I put the rotor so its possible the outer race.

At least I won't have to take off anything more.
YIKES!!
 
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As long as the seal contacts the smooth surface on the axle, it's good. A common fix for a chronic leaking seal is to move the new seal so it contacts the axle in a new spot.

My bet is on the races. Err, uh, bearing races. Meh.

-Spike :D
 
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Got them in, Hub bearing races were not seated in all the way. I had to take out the hub and pounded them w/ the brass drift. It barely fit the Snap Ring but enough so that I could not push the axle in w/ the bolt so Im' happy.

Thanks guys! Thanks ALVARO AND ANDY also!!
 

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David,

I'm glad it worked out. I had a similar situation years ago. All the race needed was a couple of more poundings.
Last time I replaced my bearings, I used a race setting tool. What a big difference. Plus the same tool can be used to set seals. I want one of those.

Regards

Alvaro
 

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