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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2008, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Dynatrac Free-Spin first impressions

Cool. That is on the to do list!

funny about the dust shield. I did that when I was changing out the bearings once. Lots of fun!
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You're welcome John!

I can see why the kit costs what it does now. I've always wanted to do this but complained about the price. The kit has a lot of NICE parts though, the warn lockout hubs alone are a pretty good chunk of the price.

At least I have no fear in doing my balljoints now! I bet with a good shop we could knock em out in a couple hours.

Some impressions I would take away from the install is to make sure you have the proper tools.

You need:

A WIDE pickle fork
Pitman arm puller
Air tools / Impact

Otherwise don't even think about it. If you have all the right tools (buy borrow beg rent steal whatever) and remember to put all the parts in the correct order it goes pretty smooth.

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First of all, I have to send an ENORMOUS thanks out to Gregrob--he fixed his work schedule to have today free and so he and I spent most of the day wrenching on my truck to R/R the ball joints and install my Dynatrac Free-Spin hub conversion kit. I couldn't have come anywhere close to getting all that work done in one day without his help and I'm genuinely grateful.

Impressions of the kit and the install:

1) It was worth the money--all the parts fit properly w/o any filing or "adjustments" with a die grinder

2) If you're installing one, new u-joints and mounting studs are worth every penny. Trying to re-use the old parts would have been a nightmare and new parts took probably 2 hours off of the install time.

3) Make sure you put ALL the seals on before torquing down nuts. I forgot to install the dust seals on the new outer stub shafts and so that added, most likely, 1 1/2 hours to our work b/c we had to un-install the new hubs, spindles, and spindle locknuts to get access to where the seal needed to go.

4) Pay attention to how the brake dust shield is clocked. I didn't and so when we tried to reinstall the brake rotor and caliper, it wouldn't fit. 15 minutes with a cutoff tool later, everything was copacetic b/c the dust shields were no more. We realized the shields were clocked wrong after re-installing the spindles/hubs (see note #3) and neither of us wanted to take all those parts off again so the cutoff tool was a much more reasonable option.
so thats y i couldnt get a hold of him all day. he loves to get dirty....just no in his work cloths though. how big of a pain was it to do all the work????
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Cool. That is on the to do list!

funny about the dust shield. I did that when I was changing out the bearings once. Lots of fun!
Did the same thing when doing my balljoints!!! contemplating the Dynatrac kit also, thanks for your input

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You're welcome John!

I can see why the kit costs what it does now. I've always wanted to do this but complained about the price. The kit has a lot of NICE parts though, the warn lockout hubs alone are a pretty good chunk of the price.

At least I have no fear in doing my balljoints now! I bet with a good shop we could knock em out in a couple hours.

Some impressions I would take away from the install is to make sure you have the proper tools.

You need:

A WIDE pickle fork
Pitman arm puller
Air tools / Impact

Otherwise don't even think about it. If you have all the right tools (buy borrow beg rent steal whatever) and remember to put all the parts in the correct order it goes pretty smooth.

when i was working for ford i had superduty ball joints down to about 2 hours from pulling in to test drive but that was hauling ass. there not hard but i was taught a few tricks and tools that make it go faster :)

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Re: Dynatrac Free-Spin first impressions

I have ball joints down pretty good, thaks to some pointers from a Tech that I had met. I threw my dust sheilds in the trash the first time I had them off.
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Re: Dynatrac Free-Spin first impressions

I am going to be doing the same thing. Does the Dyna-trac kit provide all of the required seals or should I buy the ball joint kit from powerstrokeshop? I don't want to buy extra stuff if I don't need to.

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