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Yj D30 Question

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by FinoCJ, Apr 11, 2024.

  1. Apr 11, 2024
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member

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    Some of you guys know Jim - Colo friend of mine who I wheeled with a lot and joined along for the HITR last fall....basically, he is having an issue with his yj D30 front, which has a lockout hub conversion....see below...


    Hey Folks,

    My 90 Wrangler has what I believe to be the Warn Manual Conversion Lockout Hubs kit on it - Dana 30, 27 spline front axle. The spindles are getting abused by loose wheel bearings and I'm looking to replace the spindles (or maybe have them repaired). The loose axle bearings issue caused the inner race of the bearings to slip/rotate on the spindle - wearing the spindle surface.

    It seems Warn sold the rights to the conversion kit to Yukon Gear and Yukon does lists kits for sale. This kit seems the most appropriate for what (Spin Free Locking Hub Conversion Kit, Dana 30/44 TJ, XJ, YJ, 27 spline, 5 x 4.5). I visited three local machine shops to see if these spindles could be repaired and am at nope / not cost effective (so far). I'll check one more tomorrow. Today I put in an e-mail to Yukon Gear to see if they sell just the spindles. I'm hopeful they do. For now, I'm just posting a few photos so you can see what's up. Once these get sorted I should be happy to roll for the season. Supposedly these are mid to late 80's Ford Ranger / 4wd Bronco II spindles - not IFS, not ABS. I've searched a bit online but do not see a clear path. eBay does show one spindle for sale in ColoSprings for $100 - I might buy it just because - but I heard there were some orig Warn spindles that were not heat treated and thus my hesitation to buy it.
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  2. Apr 11, 2024
    Jw60

    Jw60 Space ranger 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    I don't see a problem as long as the spindle is straight, the seal surface is smooth and the bearings use inner cones and outer races.

    If the bearing rollers don't touch the spindle, the spindle finish don't matter.
     
  3. Apr 11, 2024
    colojeepguy

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

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    jeep peep69

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    If the spindle is straight and just the damage from the bearing spinning on it and a little worn you can use copper wire and a battery charger to build it back up works very well..
     
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    Rich M.

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    Driver's drop 44 seems to be the solution to handling those 35's ....
     
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    timsresort

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    Yes, an '80's waggy driver drop 44 would be sweet. I know some YJ/TJ guys that run that. Actually one of them has the elusive '78 F150 high pinion driver drop 44.
     
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