Knuckle assistance

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I am just finishing up side one of my knuckle rebuild/4runner caliper/tie rod end project. However, there is not enough of the spindle sticking out to put the lock ring on. It is close, but I can't even see the groove.

The preload was just out of spec (around 8 lbs) but I just chocked it up to a crappy fish scale. There is no play in the hub.

The only thing I can think of (besides a midnight brain fart - which is the most likely culprit) is that I replaced the bearings, but kept the races since they were in really good shape.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

On a side note - after getting into the knuckles, it is clear they had already been rebuilt by the PO. Bearings looked good, seal was good. I guess I should be happy, but had I known I certainly would have put off this job for awhile. Oh well - it's a learning experience.
 
Yeah I'm the first one to answer: Thread an 8 x 1.25 bolt into the end of the axel so you can pull it out.
 
There is a threaded hole in the end of the birfield. Did you thread a bolt in the end then pull the birf & axle outboard? Sometimes it just needs to be pulled out a little. (too late. Ih8wood beat me to it!)

I have heard it is not good practice to replace bearings without replacing the races. Different bearings (from different) manufacturers may have a different taper angle. Also, the bearing tend to mate or lap into the races.
 
Beat me to it! x2 on thread a bolt in and pull.
 
Maybe I should thread a bolt onto it and pull it out . . .

Thanks guys!

That bolt will have to wait until tomorrow - I'm going to bed.
 
I have heard it is not good practice to replace bearings without replacing the races. Different bearings (from different) manufacturers may have a different taper angle. Also, the bearing tend to mate or lap into the races.

I wondered about that. Maybe if I get inspired tomorrow (I mean today :frown:) I'll pop off those races. But the way I'm feeling right now, I don't see it happening.
 
I wondered about that. Maybe if I get inspired tomorrow (I mean today :frown:) I'll pop off those races. But the way I'm feeling right now, I don't see it happening.

When I did my front end re-build I forgot to replace one of the races. I took apart the front end a few weeks ago (less than 3,000 miles later) and that bearing fell to pieces as it was removed. Might be a good idea to replace the races. Not much fun, but a good idea.
 
I rebuilt my front axel on the 60 earlier in the year. After the
cleaning of all the parts and the drama of the tear-down, I wanted to skip the race replacement. One of the guys from
MarlinCrawler was at the wrenching weekend, and he pursuaded
me to replace them. I'm glad I did.

It's easy and gives the new bearings a good chance of going another 140k.
 
It was already said replace the races but you can use the old one to tap in the one:)

and you can pull the back seal by butting the hub/rotor unit back on but do not put the front wheel bearing in ...instead use one of the locking nuts ......screw one on a few turns then grab the rotor and pull toward you in one quick jerk...the seal should fall out fairly clean....better than trying to pry
 

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