With the bearing and its retainer pressed onto the shaft, I grabbed a bottle of thread locking compound (some folks call it Loc-tite) and a socket to fit the wheel studs. I put the thread locker on the last few threads on the studs, covering just enough of them where they will screw into the flange. I gave Alloy USA a call to find out if there were any specs for torquing the wheel studs. Ron answered the phone and said about 65~75 ft. pounds with thread locker applied is all that I needed.
It took only a few minutes to screw the wheel studs into the flange. No more having to press them in with a hydraulic press or a ball joint tool. They went in just fine and I torqued them to 70 ft. pounds.
At this point, I had both Alloy USA shafts fully assembled and ready for installation. The shorter one goes on the driver's side (unless you live in Australia....but that is a whole different problem that this write-up isn't addressing).
A couple shots of brake cleaner on a paper towel cleaned up the residual gear lube at the end of the axle shafts. (want to make sure you have a clean surface for the RTV sealant) Of course, as soon as I pulled the paper towel from the axle tube, gear lube dribbled down the freshly cleaned area. I grabbed a screw jack and lifted the end of the axle tube about an inch....no more dribbling gear lube! A few more shots of brake cleaner on a paper towel and a wipe down of the axle tube resulted in a clean area for the oil seal's RTV.
For replacing the axle shafts, I just reversed the removal steps. The axle shafts were reinserted into the axle tubes and carefully pressed into position. Make sure the oil seal seats properly in the end of the tube. The retainer plate was positioned over the 4 studs (you need to play with this a bit through the hole in the flange) and the 4 nuts previously removed were put back onto the bolts. I snugged them down with a short handled 3/8" ratchet (not a lot of leverage so they were not torqued down hard) using a criss-cross pattern.
That's it....with the axle retainer plate nuts tight, all that remains is to slide the rotor over the wheel studs and mount the tire. Don't forget to torque your wheel studs to 100 ft. lbs. And since these are new studs, you will want to check them again when you have about 50 miles on them.
Well, that wraps up this install and I can cross off one more item from my Dusy-Ershim "to-do" list. I'm ever so much looking forward to the trip....and I now have one less thing on my mind to worry about while I'm climbing over the rocks.
Good trails to you and remember to TREADLightly!
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