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Changing front axle

How difficult is it to change a front axle? I have the tools & experience, just haven't messed with a 4 link axle under a jeep before. I might buy one with a damaged axle & want'ed to know if it was a big hassle or not.
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Re: Changing front axle

Never changed the axle on my jeep, but will be lowering it soon to change all the control arm bushings and spring isolators.
I will keep the axle below the jeep and plan to keep the brake lines connected and the wheels on. For the rest it is just removing the 4 lower shock bolts (2 per side) and jack the jeep up. At a certain point the springs must come loose and can be removed. Then just remove the upper and lower control arm bolts and the axle should be free. At least this is my plan to do it, it can change during the process.
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Re: Changing front axle

Is there a difference between the 4.0 and 4.7 front end? Are they both D30s?

If I've changed axles on WJ's with 4.0 and it's easy. You remove the center axle nut, brakes, and rotors. Then remove the 3 bolts holding the wheel bearing assembly and gently remove the wheel bearing if you're reusing it. Once that's out the whole axle slides out. There might be something else minor, but that's basically it.

If you want to change out the whole front end (axle tube and all) that's a bit more involved and I haven't done that.
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