06: DIY Spray Booth & Axle Cleaning

Find out what progress we've made in the last week on our Defender Tribute build

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

October 8, 2015

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year
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Here's what we've been up to over the last week.

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We took the opportunity of perhaps the last bit of good weather to fit a weather sealing strip, should stop the dust blowing under the door in the hard winters we get.

Then we prepped the axles for painting, removing the shot blasting material from the inside of the axles - this would likely make an aggressive grinding paste if there were any left inside.

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The shot used was an iron oxide of some sort and the internal surfaces of the axle were coated with the stuff. To remove it, we gave the whole lot a through wash with chassis detergent and a sponge.

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Placing a scaffold pole through the axle tubes or even bolting some old stub axles on lets you easily rotate the axle on the stands.

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The axles then needed drying completely, before using a solvent soaked rag to clean the internals and outside. The axles were then spotlessly clean, took an hour per axle though.

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There will be no contamination of the diff oil now!

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The diff studs were refitted, ready for the final drive casing.

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The final drive casing mating surface after clean up to take RTV sealant.

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RTV applied, adding the bits before cinching those down and torqueing up.

After everything is securely sealed up, we can clean the diff casing - preventing the crud falling into the axle or onto the diff.

Then, the axles were solvent cleaned, etch primed, left to cure and finally painted in satin black

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Whilst they dried, we began popping bushes back in. You can fiddle around popping them in with a vice or similar. We found it easier to secure the arm in the vice, then use a large M12 bolt with some thick washers to pull it through.

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This would work really well if you had to do this at the roadside, a handy homemade 'tool'.

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It can also be used to pull the inner race through

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