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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 10:40 AM
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Looks like you have the "ratchet" style spindle nuts. It takes the opposite style of socket than the one you have to get those off. The one with the 4 "tits" sticking out, no ring around them
Yep^^^

Those nuts make a ratcheting noise going on and off. You have to push in to get them to engage and inspect them when out to make sure they are spring loaded.

The bearing preload tightening is a little different than noted above.

Torque to 70 ft lbs while rotating wheel to seat bearing, back it off 90 degrees then torque to 20 ft lbs.

Remember 70/90/20

You can swap these type of bearing nuts for the three piece variety too if the originals become problematic.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help guys, I get one of the titty sockets. This bronco is definitely a mashup of an '85 and '86 as I've encountered things like this before.
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Ok, got everything apart and the bearing out (finally after being sick all week), and the bearing looks brand new. The shaft (attached pic) wobbles freely in every direction-- is this normal? Do I just need to repack the grease and torque everything to spec or is there a deeper issue?
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To clarify, only the splined part wobbles, not the tube. It looks like the splined part is connected to a U joint, so wobble should be normal, but if it is not safe or normal I want to know before I put it all back together.
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