Ok I'll try to keep it short and sweet
1st d/s axle was stuck (Exactly like TurboTom's video. I finally got it free after multiple heat cycles with the oxy/ace torch and a 10Lb sledge. Other side slid out no problem.
Soo Bearing was trashed from the torch... No problem i'll just pull the hub off and send it down to the machine shop. LULZ... Not a chance! Damn bottom bolt was rusted and corroded to all hell. I bought 2 Timken bearings and 2 Timken seals off a buddy... was planning on doing both sides but F that... I'll save the other side for another day.
Ok New hub on. Back on the lift she goes. The vlsd unit was ready to pop out other than that stupid collar/washer thing on the front-most PPF bolt. What a nightmare... More heat cycles and prying, wedging in flathead screwdriver and hammering.... Finally came out. Awesome. Basically had to hammer the diff out because it was still wedged in the PPF
(Huge levels of respect for anyone who has ever tackled this job without a lift, torch, airtools, etc... Can't say I could have done it)
More problems getting the new housing back in. New bushings were a PITA to press in, piece of old diff was stuck on top end of PPF, etc... It's all a blur already.
Button everything up and pull the car out out of the garage in a hurry (My tools are still in a huge pile at work right now because I just wanted to get out at this point)
Oh yeah the new axles were a bit of a PITA to get pushed in all the way.... But nothing compared to what I went through with the other problems.
Start driving home and the F'ing car is all over the road. Car was so un-predictable I was scared out of my mind. By the time I knew I had something seriously wrong, I was already 1/2 way home. I had 2 choices... Go back to work and grab a company car to borrow again (My daily was stuck at home) Or keep on trucking home. I chose the latter. That's when it hit me.... AXLE NUTS! Holy hell what a stupid mistake. Luckily I made it home alive. Once I realized my mistake I kept it around 30 which didn't feel too terrible, and made it back.
Today I stopped by work in the Escape and grabbed the Nuts and a breaker bar/sockets. Threw them on and went for a test drive.
Gearing feels amazing! 1st is actually usable now and 2nd is pretty good too. Get into 3rd and it pulls nice and steady and you are already around 50mph iirc... 5th and 6th are pretty good for crusing at speed now too which is awesome. Very happy with the 3.9!
Now I have either a turbo on it's way out or a loose coupler because I'm getting a whining noise in mid-high rpm's at full boost. I'll have to look into that closer.
So much for short and sweet lol... Here's some pics. Wish I took more along the way but I was dirty and pressed for time
LOL Trubo x 135