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#1 toyota h8r

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:12 AM

Hey all, i got a bravada shaft and tube and was wondering what i need to remove when taking the stock 2 piece axle setup out LS1MikesTruck.gif


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Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:24 AM

take off center cap
loosen hub nut
loosen lug nuts
jack up truck, block wheels and put on stands
remove tire/wheel
remove hub nut
remove brake caliper, and caliper mount, hang caliper with wire
remove rotor
break ball joints loose
pop BJ's off knuckle
swing knuckle forward and hang with wire.
get drain pain under
pull the CV out, you may need to get a block of wood and give it some love taps
remove the outter moun 18mm nut/bolts
remove the 4x4 sensor(I clipped the wires and connected them together so it knows its enguaged)
remove the 15mm bolts holding the tube to the diff
pull out the stub shaft
clean and scrap all the old gasket off
Get the new bravada tube clean also
seal it up(I and other said to use the ultra copper RTV)
torque the diff mount and frame mount to spec
Get the shaft ready by removeing the outter snap ring where the CV will slide on(it need to be done to prevent binding)
put it in and tap till the inner ring in seated
slide the CV back in
get knuckle back in position
torque BJ's to spec
lock tight the hub nut and snug it down
replace brake roter/mount/caliper and torque to spec
put wheel on, torque lug nuts to spec
lower off stands
torque the hub nut to spec
refill the diff
enjoy a more worry free 4x4 system!
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#3 toyota h8r

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:34 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 02:06 PM

Also go ahead and replace the seal and bearing on the bravada shaft. Both can be bought at the dealer for about 11bucks!

And your welcome.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:06 AM

As far as removing the outer snap ring - I just want to verify, I'll be removing the metal ring on the outer end of the shaft, where the CV will slide on to the shaft, correct?

If I remove that snap ring, what holds the CV shaft on?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:08 PM

Cv cant go anywhere, it is pushed in their about a inch or so.

Also all the crap inside the diff their for the 2 piece has to come out. Theirs springs, pins, washers and seals that all have to come. Trust me if you leave the little washer on their you get this annoying ting ting sound when ever you get on it and it spins
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 12:43 AM

QUOTE (Troublemaker @ Oct 8 2010, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cv cant go anywhere, it is pushed in their about a inch or so.

Also all the crap inside the diff their for the 2 piece has to come out. Theirs springs, pins, washers and seals that all have to come. Trust me if you leave the little washer on their you get this annoying ting ting sound when ever you get on it and it spins


Awesome. Any chance you have pictures of said "stuff" to remove? Or is it fairly obvious when I open it up on what all needs to go? I've never pulled the tube out of a front differential on this truck before, so I have no idea what I'm in for.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 06:54 PM

Most of the shit is going to fall out.



Heres some of the shit.

You want it looking like this once everything is out, minus the rust of course.


Edited by Troublemaker, 09 October 2010 - 11:00 PM.

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#9 jwwaldschmidt

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:15 PM

Thanks for the pics! I will hopefully be conquering this in 3-4 weeks. I plan on taking lots of pics, and doing a complete write-up with pics for n00bz like myself that have no fucking clue. lol.

Thanks guys.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:11 PM

Need Info.!!! I have been seaching post but havent found it. I need to know the part # for the seal and bearing on the bravada axle tube.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:40 PM

QUOTE (SirMALAKHI @ Dec 22 2010, 05:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Need Info.!!! I have been seaching post but havent found it. I need to know the part # for the seal and bearing on the bravada axle tube.


Don't have the numbers handy, but the only place I could find the bearing was a dealer... just go in and have them pull up the picture on their computer. Ran me like $10, and I got the seal at o'reilly's.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:34 PM

Good deal.

Could someone explain the benefits of this? Does it do away with the vacuum used to engage the 4wd? I get the whole idea of this but just can't seem to get the reason..



Don't hate, just explain..LOL
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:47 PM

Yes, it completely eliminates the vacuum engagement system and all the unreliability headaches associated with it. As long as your transfer case engages, your 4x4 will work. I was blowing through vacuum diaphragms, and had gotten stuck in light off-roading situations one too many times, so I went ahead with the swap.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:22 PM

QUOTE (jwwaldschmidt @ Dec 30 2010, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, it completely eliminates the vacuum engagement system and all the unreliability headaches associated with it. As long as your transfer case engages, your 4x4 will work. I was blowing through vacuum diaphragms, and had gotten stuck in light off-roading situations one too many times, so I went ahead with the swap.

The one piece shaft is also alot stronger.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:32 PM

i have tried to do a search to see what year model bravada shaft to pull from the donar truck. i have a 2000.
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 03:20 PM

QUOTE (the.clemons @ Dec 30 2010, 01:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i have tried to do a search to see what year model bravada shaft to pull from the donar truck. i have a 2000.

97+, you should have the slip in style CVs.
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#17 ZR2tooo

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 03:47 PM

So, you are using the shaft and tube from the bravada for the passenger side, or both?
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 03:58 PM

I know that the bravada one piece cv is compatible and the swap has been done 1000 times but isn't it significantly shorter than than the oem zr2 shaft?
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:44 PM

You only use the passenger side tube & shaft. It is exactly the same size as the zr2 two-piece shaft, the cv shafts are longer to make up for our wider stance.

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:45 PM

John, do you have a bravada shaft in your 'noma?




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