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  1. poncho@home

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    I have the GT350 half shaft kit and was wondering if I should do the install myself or not. Dealer is quoting 3 hours labour, so I figure I can get it done in 4-5?

    I have a compressor and can get an impact, but how difficult is it to do on the floor using stands and jack vs a lift?
     
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    Pretty easy really...some have half shafts pop right out like me, others spend half a day getting them out.
     
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    Pretty easy on jack stands...I did my rear end swap (you of course have to pull the half shafts and then install them into the new rear end) on jack stands with no issues.

    Two pry bars made quick work of popping my half shafts out of the rear end, but I've read where other people have had issues. In that case, you can get a loaner tool from the local parts store (two tools actually) one you need a slider hammer, then an attachment that goes on the slide hammer than is used on the axle shaft to pop them loose. Had to use that setup on a car before. Took no time to pop them loose with that setup.

    Here's a picture of what I'm referring to:

    https://www.amazon.com/OTC-7509-Inn...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000O825QU

    Good reference video here:

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    Beer, patience, and a friend! You can do it on either stands or a lift, honestly.. Lift always being easier when not under the hood.. even then, still awesome.
     
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    It's a pretty easy job.
     
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    FK that, I'll just have to live with mine.. lol...
     
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    So I have a question. I've never seen where you install a c-clip onto any sort of shaft before the shaft is in it's seated position. How does this work with axle shafts. Does it only interface with something other than metal, something flexible that allows it to slide in and deflect something into place? Or am did I see it wrong in the video?
     
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    The clips sit in the grooves on the end of the axle shafts and are 'captured' by a similar inside the axle / housing once you seat them. Just about every CV / half shaft I've dealt with is like that.
     
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    Thanks. When I mentioned shafts I should have said every type of shaft than a half shaft, lol. Actually never worked on one. I remember a Dana35 solid Jeep axle where you slide the shaft in, then install the c-clip once the groove in the shaft is past the flange in the housing. Also was thinking similarity of u-joint caps where you push them on then install the clips. Was just curious how the clips hold the shafts in if you can pre-install them. I suppose since they can be pulled out with a slide hammer and it sounds like sometimes the clip remains installed, the interface must not be as tight as the Dana 35 I worked on. I guess it will make perfect sense after a person has installed them, which I obviously have not. Anyway thanks for the reply and letting me know it’s the way they all are.
     
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