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    Angle drive replacement - torque specs

    Hi all.

    Well after 16yrs of ownership, my original angle drive went kaput.

    So im going to replace with another mechanical unit but seems DMCH is out of stock at the moment.

    Assuming I have the patience to wait, and not be tempted by the GPS version, I had a quick question on torque specs.

    I heard that it's extremely important to tighten the inside angle drive 1.25in nut as " hard as you can" or the hub assembly will come off. What exactly is " as hard as you can"?

    Also, is it true the outside hub nut doesn't need to be loosened? Some people do while others don't. But I've heard if loosed the spec is 165ftlbs to retighten.

    Thanks for the info ,

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    Hard to re-tighten accurately since you can only get an actual wrench on it. Just tighten it bigly. No need to remove the outer axle nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82DMC12 View Post
    Hard to re-tighten accurately since you can only get an actual wrench on it. Just tighten it bigly. No need to remove the outer axle nut.

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    I believe that it is important to loosen the outer nut. You want to be 100% sure that the stub axle is pulled all the way in to taper lock. Then retorque the outside nut.

    As far as how tight - I agree that "as tight as you can with the biggest wrench you have" is about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    "as tight as you can with the biggest wrench you have"
    the E46 guys refer to this as the german spec, "Gutentight!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCMW Dave View Post
    I believe that it is important to loosen the outer nut. You want to be 100% sure that the stub axle is pulled all the way in to taper lock. Then retorque the outside nut.

    As far as how tight - I agree that "as tight as you can with the biggest wrench you have" is about right.
    I had taken this advice a long time ago, have done it every time since. Thanks dave.

    I ran out of fingers need to start counting on my toes how many times ive taken either side of the spindle nuts off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I ran out of fingers need to start counting on my toes how many times ive taken either side of the spindle nuts off.
    With 10 fingers you can count up to 1024 in binary. I do it all the time and am totally not a robot.

    PS please send me pictures of trucks, bicycles, and stop signs I can't figure those things out at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FABombjoy View Post
    With 10 fingers you can count up to 1024 in binary. I do it all the time and am totally not a robot.

    PS please send me pictures of trucks, bicycles, and stop signs I can't figure those things out at all.
    Im telling Ron on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FABombjoy View Post

    PS please send me pictures of trucks, bicycles, and stop signs I can't figure those things out at all.
    You must be a Tesla
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    Quote Originally Posted by FABombjoy View Post
    With 10 fingers you can count up to 1024 in binary.
    Uh-Uh!

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