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    Quote Originally Posted by danford.lau View Post
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    So I went to change out the stock differential covers this afternoon. It was the first nice day we've had in a while (which is necessary as my Jeep doesn't fit in the garage and the carport is uncovered). Everything was going great- all the tools were lined up, brand-new bottle of Permatex Right stuff, step-by-step instructions written out and in view (it was my first time doing this, I didn't want to forget anything).
    Fill bolt removed, drain bolt removed, fluid is flowing out. Let that go for a bit, move on to removing the cover bolts with the hand ratchet...not budging. Tap the ratchet with a rubber mallet...not budging. Cheater bar...not budging. Crap.
    I live out in the boonies. It's an hour round trip to Home Depot. Now I'm the proud owner of a Milwaukee impact wrench (well, and a new cordless drill, too, but that has no bearing on this story). Try the wrench with the charge it's got straight out of the box...not budging. Colorful metaphors are now flowing.
    An hour later, with a fully charged battery, not a single bolt is budging. Evidently, whoever put on the covers at the factory owns stock in their gasket-making stuff. Looking at the bolts, the RTV has oozed up out of the bolt holes and around the edges of the bolts. It's squeezed out around the perimeter and I can peel dried lengths of it off.
    So, since this is my DD and I have to go into work tomorrow, I had to refill the still-stock front differential after about forty-five minutes of trying to loosen the bolts with absolutely no success.
    I'm headed to the dealership within the next two weeks for new tires. Hopefully they'll be friendly and use their air-impact wrench to loosen these bolts and then tighten to torque so I can get this done at home.
    Sorry for the long-winded explanation. I don't have any beer in the house, so I came here to vent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boudica View Post
    So I went to change out the stock differential covers this afternoon. It was the first nice day we've had in a while (which is necessary as my Jeep doesn't fit in the garage and the carport is uncovered). Everything was going great- all the tools were lined up, brand-new bottle of Permatex Right stuff, step-by-step instructions written out and in view (it was my first time doing this, I didn't want to forget anything).
    Fill bolt removed, drain bolt removed, fluid is flowing out. Let that go for a bit, move on to removing the cover bolts with the hand ratchet...not budging. Tap the ratchet with a rubber mallet...not budging. Cheater bar...not budging. Crap.
    I live out in the boonies. It's an hour round trip to Home Depot. Now I'm the proud owner of a Milwaukee impact wrench (well, and a new cordless drill, too, but that has no bearing on this story). Try the wrench with the charge it's got straight out of the box...not budging. Colorful metaphors are now flowing.
    An hour later, with a fully charged battery, not a single bolt is budging. Evidently, whoever put on the covers at the factory owns stock in their gasket-making stuff. Looking at the bolts, the RTV has oozed up out of the bolt holes and around the edges of the bolts. It's squeezed out around the perimeter and I can peel dried lengths of it off.
    So, since this is my DD and I have to go into work tomorrow, I had to refill the still-stock front differential after about forty-five minutes of trying to loosen the bolts with absolutely no success.
    I'm headed to the dealership within the next two weeks for new tires. Hopefully they'll be friendly and use their air-impact wrench to loosen these bolts and then tighten to torque so I can get this done at home.
    Sorry for the long-winded explanation. I don't have any beer in the house, so I came here to vent.
    They shouldn’t be that tight. Try a little heat.


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    Lefty loosey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubiDave View Post
    Yeah, I figured.



    How's your brakes & steering?

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    Brakes are actually okay . Still going to get the pro grips eventually but they are now 2nd priority after a tie rod .

    Steering seems fine for now too . Tie rod still straight . Steering wheel has to be recentered after every wheeling trip ... threw some blue loctite on last time and it still came loose again . 2 bolts don’t seem to do a good job holding it in place


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    They shouldn’t be that tight. Try a little heat.


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    No torch of any kind, unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by nbunga View Post
    Lefty loosey?
    Lol, a valid question, but I did triple-check that. I even tried tightening a little and then switching back to loosening to try to crack whatever seal is in there, and also to check my direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danford.lau View Post
    Brakes are actually okay . Still going to get the pro grips eventually but they are now 2nd priority after a tie rod .

    Steering seems fine for now too . Tie rod still straight . Steering wheel has to be recentered after every wheeling trip ... threw some blue loctite on last time and it still came loose again . 2 bolts don’t seem to do a good job holding it in place


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    Are the clamps lined up with the split in the adjuster properly? If the bolts aren't perpendicular to the split, it doesn't tighten it down enough to hold it in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boudica View Post
    No torch of any kind, unfortunately.



    Lol, a valid question, but I did triple-check that. I even tried tightening a little and then switching back to loosening to try to crack whatever seal is in there, and also to check my direction.
    I’ve had pretty good luck with over tight bolts hitting them with a big blunt end brass drift punch or an old diff pin made into one. Good sized ball peen hammer and just hit the top of the bolt like your trying to drive it in to the case. Then try your impact again. Worth a try.


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    Installed a Adams Driveshaft.
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    Got a PSC Big Bore Steering box installed, and front / rear Adams driveshafts installed.. don't have a pic of the shafts :/

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