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How To Make An 18 Automatic Into A 23 Automatique LSE

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2 hours ago, Sarge said:

I still have several pieces of sealed wheel bearings that exploded in a press lodged in my face and one ear - I hated pushing those things off and later just learned to cut through them to relieve the stress instead .

 

Have you load tested that engine/pump coupling yet ?

 

Sarge

Our big press at work has a large expanded metal guard that is closed and latched when pressing tight parts.

 

Have not needed it yet (used it, just nothing has exploded) but good to know it is there just in case.

 

My 20 ton manual press at home has no guarding so I use a face shield, safety glasses, steel toed boots, and long sleeves with leather gloves when I have that one pushed up really tight.

 

Same thing when using a puller.

 

Cleat

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Those Ford style wheel bearings are a known issue - especially on the Japanese Samurai rear axles as the retaining ring they used can really get stuck on the axle tight , it's common to explode the bearing trying to press that dumb thing off . Most now have learned to just cut that ring and replace it - the bearing comes off pretty easily and can be re-used after that if it's good . On the plus side - they will never walk a wheel off like some of the early Dana axles . Worst I've done so far with my 30 ton was trying to push out a bearing from an electric clutch on a Grasshopper mower - no way to tell how it was assembled and we shoved it out the wrong way , bending the housing badly . I did fix that part with the press and some creative dies - new bearing and it is still in service today . $30 versus $550 for a new clutch was a win . Make sure if you use a face shield it has a high impact rating lens - some are not rated for that , only for dust/debris - you need one rated for explosive metal debris such as a broken grinding wheel .

 

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Just took two of the back tires/wheels to a couple of tire shops.  One was mounted; but, the area where the valve stem hole was welded shut, was ground down a bit too far so it leaked.  Having this dismounted so it can be rewelded. The other has a bit of bead damage and both shop workers advised get a new tire or use a tube.  A Carlisle Trac-Cheif in a 27 x 8.5 - 15 (6 plies)  doesn't come cheap.            

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Just a bit of an update, took the tire with the damaged bead areas and the wheel to Best One Tire service center. They dismounted, cleaned and applied some bead sealer prior to remounting and inflating. Temporarily mounted hubs and tire/wheel assemblies to axles to get a couple pics. First is Dual hubs on axles the second one is all 4 temporarily mounted.
P.S. Right fender is slightly off level because I did not have the under fender support bolted on.

 

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Gonna be a beast! Might have to get someone to drive ahead of and behind you with "wide load" signs and amber flashers. :laughing-rolling:  can't wait to see more! 👍

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Thanks Richie, it measures ~56 inches from outside to outside of the duals. 

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