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Hub wrench socket

Postby Nobody » Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:07 pm

There are two different kinds of hub wrenches.

The kind that suck

and the kind that don't

In a pinch, you can use a hammer and a punch. But that pretty much ruins the spindle nuts.

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby Phillippi » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:16 pm

I have both, but I have only used the top one. The bottom one has been in the package for about 6 years.

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby Joel H » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:55 am

I've got the bottom one and I used it on teh D35 and now I use it on the D44.

It's a requirement on the D44. as there is no way to get a punch and hammer to work it off.

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby wilber » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:39 pm

the top one works good for setting up gears in toyota's and ford 9"s

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby 88budget4X4 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 7:05 pm

ive used the top one... bought it for my warn manual hub installation... then returned it 2 hours later.... only thing i can see that would "suck" about it is that you have to put forward pressure on it while using it. no complaints for free though.

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby Nomad84 » Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:36 pm

I have the sucky one. That lock nut absolutely did not want to come off and the socket was not helping matters. The harder you push down on the breaker bar, the more the top of the socket wants to come unseated. In effect, it is like you are pushing down on the back of the socket while you turn it. In order to get it to stay seated, I ended up using a jack stand to support the back of the socket. I put my jack under the beam and very slowly lowered it until the socket lined up perfectly with the jack stand. At that point, I could lean on the breaker bar all I wanted and the socket stayed seated. Obviously that isn't as good as just having the right tool (which I did not know existed), but if you are having issues with the bad socket, give this a try. It would be more difficult on the trail, but surely you can find a rock or something to use. You could even use the factory bottle jack in place of the jack stand if you still carry it in the vehicle. Just a tip for those who have the socket that sucks :redneck:

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby joeyy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:37 am

I have the sucky one as well. I bought it when I converted my auto locking hubs to manual locking. I didn't have it yet when I was taking the spindle nuts off the truck in the junk yard but when I went to put it on my truck, I went and bought it from advanced auto, Thats the only one they had though. But it was still better than a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.

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Re: Hub wrench socket

Postby cajun66 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:44 am

Whatever you do, don't use an impact wrench on the top one. Our mechanics ruin several a year that way.
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