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Old March 9th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #1
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Default Axle rebuilt steps....

I picked up a project N/T D30 to rebuild in my spare time (yeah, right). Anyway, here is what I want to accomplish:

1) install 4.56 gears (I'm planning on letting Killer B do this since I don't have a clue)
2) install a locker (probably Aussie, I'll let KB do this also)
2.5) install new bearings, etc.
3) rebuild / replace all the brake components (disc)
4) sand blast and powdercoat or POR15 the axle

Here is my question: Should I have the axle blasted / coated before I have the guts changed? Do I need to clean the inside of the housing before I blast / paint? Does it matter? Sorry for the stupid question, but it seems I do everything backwards these days and cause myself more grief (and $$). Thanks.
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First, do not powdercoat it. As soon as the coating gets a decent scratch, it will start to flake. Pick a nice strong paint like POR15 or rust bullet of on the cheaper end, TSC tractor paint with a hardener in it.

Second. I wouldn't blast the inside of the housing. Clean that up with brake cleaner and then cover it if you are going to sandblast it. I would do any sandblasting before I installed any new pieces, then clean it crazy good before reassembly. I just wire wheel the snot out of mine rather than having it blasted and it came out pretty good. I still haven't painted it though because I need to set the perches first but I'm planning on use TSC tractor paint.
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