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Date:         Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:49:33 -0800
Reply-To:     Gary Bawden <goldfieldgary@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Gary Bawden <goldfieldgary@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: CV joint reversal?
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Thanks, Mike,

I'm going to try it the way you describe, since I was only intending to pull the one axle shaft out anyway. Too cold to do more than is necessary at the moment. Now just waiting on the axle bearings and seals for that side (going to pull the shaft out on account of the bolts are all broken, and looks like I may as well get it out in the open to work on).

I'll post an update probably after the weekend, after it's back together, and before the next snow! :0)


> Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:24:57 -0500 > From: Mike <mbucchino@CHARTER.NET> > Subject: Re: CV joint reversal? > > Yes, you can flip the CVJ's over, even though they have an axle side = > and a hub side. There's a groove scribed on the outer race to identify = > the end that's normally facing the drive hub. > I've reversed them on bugs, busses and Vanagons, and drove them for = > 10's of thousands of miles, and many years. Nothing bad ever happened. = > They are symetrical in design and it's not a problem. I've been able to = > get many more miles out of CV's that had some wear and pitting on the = > 'force' side inside the outer ball bearing race. By rotating them the = > 'wrong' way around after a good cleaning, inspection and repacking them = > with fresh grease, you'll buy some extra time until you can afford to = > replace them all with new CV's. Just be prepared to replace them as = > soon as you can afford to do so. =20 > > YMMV, > > Mike B. >

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