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Axle Removal

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While you can technically weld up your spider gears with the diff still in the axlehousing, you’ll be able to achieve much better welds if you pull the differential out. Begin by draining the gear lube and removing the shafts. If your axle is a C-clip design, remove the cross pin, push the shafts inward, and remove the C-clips. Non-C-clip axles are held in place with retaining plates with four or six nuts per side.