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Dana 30 Outer Axle Seals


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Ive used the Dana 30 outer axle seals for about 1 year. Been through many trails, rivers and mud holes with them in hope that they were keeping out the mud, water and grime from getting into the axle tube of the high pinion Dana 30 on the 1999 XJ.

 

If your not familiar with the front end on jeeps with solid axles then you may not be aware that the axle seal is inside the tube next to the diff and many attempt to protect these inner seals with this after market product - http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/251942959665-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

 

What they don't tell you is that they don't work simply because the front axles by design have a degree of moment in them as does any shaft with a u-joint on the end required for steering. So gradually the rubber on these seals gets warped and opened when turning and the river comes in, but cannot get out.

 

I wouldn't waste your money as the better option is just leaving the opening, open so the water can get back out. Had a fair bit of work today changing inner seals, cleaning he tubes and diff out.

Also added some armor points on the control arm brackets to give additional support.   

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I think they work great and are worth every penny. They don't keep everything out but they do keep the large bits from getting in and destroying the inner seals. And the inners as you say are a lot of work to change.

 

My jeep has a narrowed D44 and I packed the tubes with grease 10 years ago and have not had to change the inner seals since. Every few years I drag out the old grease and muck and everything is fine.

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Packing with grease certainly would help keep the water and muck from getting to the inner seals. If I ever get a set of these seals again and fancy installing them I will do this also. Will be a lot of grease in my case but would do the trick.

 

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