so after a ride a few weeks ago i washed my foreman and was walking away and i see that my left rear axle tube is pizzing water . so i give the tire a kick and it wobbled a little so it was time to order a bearing and seal . i jacked up the right side (brake pannel side) and wiggled it and that side was fine
so i ordered the bearing from my local hillclimbing buddys shop for $14 (its a parts unlimited bearing part # 0215-0400 ) and a seal from napa (part BK#730-7365) for $5
here is how i did the install
first i remove the tire, the cotter pin and the axle nut
then i pulled the lft rear hub and inspected(mine had a slight grove from the seal but it was verry little so i let it go ....but if it was worse it would need replacing )
then it was time to remove the tube
i undid the 4 14mm nuts that holds tube on and the 10mm bolt below that holds the rear diff skid on
then came taking off the shock ...i have a lift so i just removed the one 14mm bolt and spacer that screws into the diff and used a pry bar to compress the shock a little
(SIDE NOTE IN THE MANUAL IT SAYS TO NOT REUSE THE 4 14MM NUTS .....I DID BUT I USED A LITTLE LOCKTIGHT COLOR YELLOW WHEN PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER )
so after i get the tube off this is what i find !!!
alot of rust and some mud but no DIFF GREASE(thank god because if it was leaking i would be rebuilding the rear diff !!).....it looks like it has been leaking for awile .....
so after i spray the axle down and scrap it i used a little emmery cloth all is good ( at this point i checked the seal at the diff and wipped all the mud off i replaced the rubber o-ring on the diff and greased the o-ring )
now its time to knock out the seal and bearing i used a 1 1/4 impact socket on a 2 ft extencion and a hammer
after i cleaned all the mud and rust out of the axle tube i want to install the bearing . well i read about there being no grease in the sealed bearings from some of the members on this great forum so i take a pic and pull the seal out and ...........dry as a bone !!!!!
so i pack it full of marine wheel bearing grease and install the bearing and the seal in tube
before i installed the tube on to the diff i packed grease all around bearing and seal and all over the bearing stopper on the axle
install the 4 14mm nuts and shock bolt and tork it to 33ftlbs(dont forget the loctight)
grease the hub where the seal rides and a little grease on the o-ring inside the flange and tork the axle nut to 101ftlbs and install a new cotter pin
i hope this will help someone in the future .....rich