thought it might be fun to talk about the little, and home made tools that make life in the shop just alittle nicer. one that pops right in my head is the "silver sharpie" there GGGREAT!!!!
I found this a couple years ago and misplaced the picture and found it again with a quick search.I've heard of people making Dana axle housing spreaders, never seen any in depth discusion on how to make one.
you could do this with a bolt and 2 nuts, too.king pin remover, 7/8ths hex, heat and bend,
i did that as well with some solid stock and 2 dana30 unit bearing nutsI made a tool to set the bearing preload in my 8.25 out of an old bent tie rod, a 1/2" bolt, and a 36mm nut. it's about 3 feetish long and sticks out of the axle tube far enough to get a socket on it but not so far that you whack your shins on it if you leave it in the tube. if i had more stock i would have made 2 because you constantly have to go from side to side when setting the carrier...
I did something similar:i also made a little tool for drilling out an aw4 output housing to clock your t-case. just a piece of dom that fits snug over the output shaft with a plate welded to it with a hole that fits a 7/16" bolt thatwill go through the output housing, and a smaller hole next to it that you fit a punch in to mark where to drill on the output housing.
Funny....Seems to be pretty easy to make, some plate, all thread and a couple nuts and washers.