Inexperienced noob about to tear my FZJ80 apart - Any tips to re-emphasize before rebuilding axles, brakes, steering, and suspension? (1 Viewer)

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This entire project has gotten out of hand. At this point I feel like I have no other choice but to lean into it. I blame you guys :flipoff2:

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I bought this 5.3L LM7 years ago, to swap into my Impala when someday I had the skills. I feel like I'm already playing with fire, so....
 

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Yeah - One look at having to integrate all of that wiring and I passed. I'd be hunting electrical gremlins for 3 years.
 
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Yeah - One look at having to integrate all of that wiring and I passed. I'd be hunting electrical gremlins for 3 years.

This is by far the scariest part for me, but like the rest of what I'm doing, it's something I've always wanted to learn. I feel like the only way to minimize the risk of being stranded in the middle of nowhere is to either pay a reputable shop (like you're doing) or to learn the wiring inside and out (my plan). I think anywhere in between is asking for trouble. Reliability and simplicity are my main goals/focus, but I'm still incredibly nervous. Hoping this is one of those "you get out what you put in" types of things, as I'm willing to put in the time and effort. Fingers crossed!
 
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Hi guys, incredible amount of great information here. I looked through the chain but could not find part numbers for inner and outer bearings and seals for rear full floating axle. I have 97 with center diff lock only. Rear axle is leaking behind dust cover. I found the inner Timken numbers but need outer bearing and seal part numbers. Is there also a paper gasket involved? Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 
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Hi guys, incredible amount of great information here. I looked through the chain but could not find part numbers for inner and outer bearings and seals for rear full floating axle. I have 97 with center diff lock only. Rear axle is leaking behind dust cover. I found the inner Timken numbers but need outer bearing and seal part numbers. Is there also a paper gasket involved? Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I don't have the part numbers for the bearings themselves but Cruiser Teq (Cruiser Outfitters) sells full seal/bearing kits. Partsouq also has a great search function that will allow you to find part numbers based on assembly drawings. There is a paper gasket between the drive flange of the axle and the hub on the rear full float axles, just had mine open last week.
 
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Awesome info. Thanks guys! Wise to apply sealant to the front and back of the paper gasket? If so, which brand/type?
 
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Awesome info. Thanks guys! Wise to apply sealant to the front and back of the paper gasket? If so, which brand/type?
No sealant. The paper gasket is the gasket.

Can also go to Cruiser Outfitters www.cruiserteq.com
 
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Awesome info. Thanks guys! Wise to apply sealant to the front and back of the paper gasket? If so, which brand/type?
Yeah you don't need sealant, just a new gasket and CLEAN surfaces. When you remove the axle shaft scrape off any old gasket material that remains and clean up both surfaces (the axle flange and the hub surface). I removed the hub entirely so I used steel wool. If you're not taking the hub off be careful what you use as bits of the steel wool will shed and get into the bearings/hub. The point is to make sure the new gasket seals properly. Having clean mating surfaces is the way to get there.
 

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