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Old 05-11-2011, 11:08 PM
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4WD Locknut, 6 tabs or 4?

Hello i am swapping out rotors on my rig and bought the 4wd bearing locknut socket today. I looked at it in the store and it didn't look right, but was told (and i quote) "this is the tool you need" when i asked

After work i got into the project, and it looks like i need a socket with 4 tabs, not 6, on the end of the pipe section. Is this a difference between the Dana front ends? Im guessing i don't have a Dana 60, as i don't have an SD rig, i have a 1995 OBS XLT. Is there a way to identify the front end i do have? Does anyone have a part number for the socket i need so i can help the friendly folks a NAPA find what i am looking for?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:39 AM
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You need the one with 4 tabs. 250's have a Dana 50, 350's have a Dana 60. Socket will work on both. I bought mine at autozone.
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I bought a 6 prong one years ago and grinded off 4 of the tabs and just the 2 worked for me.
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Grinding off the tabs would work. Our bearings dont take a lot of torque to preload and set so just having 2 would work just fine
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:58 AM
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I finally bought the $65 tool from snap on. Well worth it I have used it more times than I can count now.

I used to use a flat head screw driver and a hammer too. That worked just fine.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:10 AM
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Thanks for the ideas, the screwdriver method sounds kind of rough, but grinding off to get to 2 tabs sounds good. The sockets that are coming up in the parts computer are all a little too small; ID is about 2" and it looks like i need an ID of 2.5". Still have not found one that is deep enough or wide enough, but i'm still looking. Thanks again ~
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:40 PM
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Advance auto has them for like 25 bucks, just called a 4 prong 4x4 front hub socket
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