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Real time Birfield question...?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Skillet, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Skillet

    Skillet Skillet

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    I took off my front hub to put on new rotors and was looking at the birfield shaft coming out of the axle housing.

    When you grabe the birfield and pull it back and forth, there is about 1/4" play back and forth. Kinda makes a clanking sound when you pull it back and forth.

    Is this normal??
     
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    My kinda answer right there. Everything you need to know in one word or less. Then some maggot comes along and gets chatty about it right after, without really adding anything to the thread. Don'cha just hate that? :D

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    Yes, it is normal.

    Sometimes when you rebuild your axle (X4 for me), you cannot get it out enough to put the snap ring on it. You screw in a IIRC 12mm bolt into the end of the axle, pull it out the 1/4" and put the snap ring on.

    Then you are ready to rock and roll.

    -o-
     
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    Thanks for the correction--knew it was either a 10 or a 12.

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    Is it OK to run without the snap ring and isn't there more back and forth play than with the ring? It seems to me that running without it would cause pre-mature wear and possible breakage down the road.

    What do you think?
     
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    No!
     
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    Great responses, Tarbe! LOL :cheers:

    your birf has this happy little place inside the knuckle where it likes to operate. Driving w/o the snap ring allows it to walk in towards danger. First thing that comes to mind is the bell could hit the ABS Sensor... though not on a 93 though huh. I still wouldn't try it though, put the snap ring back on.
     
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    Trying to make up for past sins... :)
     
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    That's what I figured, but I know some people that don't run them on the mini axles and they say it's OK. I think it's prolly the same as 80 axles though and I don't see why anyone would want to take the chance.
     
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