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Old 09-16-2011, 07:53 AM   #31
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One silly little perplexing detail: I see your axle has a couple of spacers between the bottom (heaviest) leaf and the axle spring perch. Must be a 4X4, my 2WD doesn't have them. Makes getting the upper caliper floater bolts out a major pain-----you have to loosen the U-bolts. Nice goin', Daimler-Chrysler!
Actually, I have a 2wd. I went back and looked at the pics and I think there's only one but I will get back under there and look. Is it possible your spacer was removed as part of an effort to lower the rear by a previous owner or did you buy it new?
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A few suggestions..

Replace/re-install the bearings with a NEW nut and the balance of the hardware..
DO NOT RE-USE THE OLD HARDWARE that tighten the bearing pack.
DO NOT have any slack in the bearings. ANY play is not good.

Cryo'd rotors and Yellow Stuff(TM) Pads are well worth the added expense if you are planning on keeping your truck for awhile.

Use a good Synthetic in the diff (80W-140) if you are heavy hauling.
I like AmsOil.

Service the diff every 30-40K if you are not heavy and every 25-30K if you are.

Dana FACT: the Series 80 has a 150K life if serviced using their recommended intervals. Oil is cheap compared to rebuilding.
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Actually, I have a 2wd. I went back and looked at the pics and I think there's only one but I will get back under there and look. Is it possible your spacer was removed as part of an effort to lower the rear by a previous owner or did you buy it new?
Bought it new. And after reconfiguring the leaves I have cured the clearance problem.
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Great Post. Thank you for taking time to take allot of pictures & provide a detailed write up.
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Great Post. Thank you for taking time to take allot of pictures & provide a detailed write up.
Thank you Mark. Are you going to replace your's soon?
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I also just did my rear brakes on my 03 dually. Replaced seals, rotors, pads, calipers. 1 caliper was seized, chewed up rotor. Does anybody have link/pictures of front brakes on a 4x4 dually?
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Totallyrad, i do really Appreciate yOu for making the effort to publish that awesome create up and photos. That should be very beneficial later on.
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This is what you should see now. Unlike some older models where you have to knock the wheel studs out to separate the rotor from the hub so you can turn or replace the rotors, this truck is different. You have to remove these bolts instead, step away from the wheel studs! This photo is looking from the back of the rotor or the side nearest the truck toward the hub. A deep-well socket and 1/2" impact will spin these right out. They also have a chemical thread locker on them. Don't forget your PPE before you fire up that impact gun.
If you think your impact will break any of these bolts, mildly heat the hub dimples one at a time where each of the 8 bolts are held captive. The heat will release the loc-tite. The bolts are custom and about $40 CDN each from Dodge. If you break a bolt, you can drill through them and use an easy out to remove them - easily if you use mild heat again.

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145,000 think it's time for pads. ??😂
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Great write-up really helped a lot only issues I had was that my retaining nut was an actual nut and I had to go buy a special socket for It. Thanks again you did a great job.
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Great write-up really helped a lot only issues I had was that my retaining nut was an actual nut and I had to go buy a special socket for It. Thanks again you did a great job.
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Ugg, My right rear axle seal is starting to leak a little. Guess I will be doing it all at once. Seals, rotors, pads, and most likely calipers.
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Thanks guys! Sorry for the slow reply.
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Very helpful for me today. Rear rotors, axle seals, brake pads, and calipers going on today. 132,xxx miles I am changing everything. I have to tow tomorrow.
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