My shop mechanic tells me that I need to drop the suspension in order to successfully remove the old front axle. Is this at all true, or can I just loosen the track tension and remove the axle without removing anything else regarding the track?chaincase, bearings in the chaincase, and pay attention to the chain and gears.
to remove the shaft, the track tension needs to be loosened, secondary clutch comes off as well as the chaincase. theres a few tricks involving the brake caliper assembly to save time.
behind the secondary is the speeedo/bearing housing cover. three nuts to remove. the shaft bearing on that side has 2 set screws. bearing should come out on that side.
your drivers will have to be pressed off your broken shaft and pressed on the replacement shaft.
when reinstalling, the chaincase side of the shaft needs to go in first, then the clutch side. pay attention to the gears and the collars behind the gears as there is a certain order to assembly.