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    I bought my roll pins at Lowes.I bought them too long and cut them to perfect size with a dremel tool
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    Mine is getting roll pins, retainer plates with socket welded on and red loctite....... Once was more than enough for me!

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    A peg legged cat!

    IMO you don't need the roll pins. Just the socket properly welded on and I use red loctite
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    Took my new retainer plates with sockets in to welder to have them made up while im gone on vacation this next week. That should take care of axle nut issue. Also have new trailing arm bushing and wheel bearing being pressed into knuckle on the damaged side. Hopefully get it all together when I come back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatcat View Post
    Mine is getting roll pins, retainer plates with socket welded on and red loctite....... Once was more than enough for me!
    If you have to change an axle while out on the trail you'll need a punch to get the roll pin out, a torch to melt the red locktite, and the proper socket with a long handle and cheater bar.

    If you do only the retainer plate all you need is the socket wrench and a decent breaker bar. Just sayin...

    When you change the axle in the comfort of your garage make sure to keep track of ALL the tools you use -- then be sure they're duplicated in your trail bag. Ha!!! If you do all this Grasshopper, then the stars will align and you'll probably never break an axle again.
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    /\ /\ /\ /\ I hear ya loud and clear Rockhopper.......... It was such a bear getting it out of the woods not to mention expensive to fix....... that I want to do everything I can to ensure it does not happen again.......lol. Perhaps skip the red loctite and just rely on the plates. But I will have extra axles with me as well. I have not ordered it yet but a new drive coupler will be in my kit as well for my next big trip in June.
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    Picked up my retainer plates from the shop today. Debated between 6 and 12 point sockets figured 12 would be easier to line up with axle nut. 6 would have more surface on the nut but went with 12. Hope they work well. I think they did a nice job on them. Now when I get some time I can get my cat back together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatcat View Post
    Picked up my retainer plates from the shop today. Debated between 6 and 12 point sockets figured 12 would be easier to line up with axle nut. 6 would have more surface on the nut but went with 12. Hope they work well. I think they did a nice job on them. Now when I get some time I can get my cat back together.
    I hope the work, but.........

    They look more rounded than sharp edge. If that axle nut turns, it can round those out too, IMO.
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    They look great and I can't imagine they will fail. The socket is hardened steel and because of the thickness of your cut, the contact area is large. No room for a roll pin with how you made them, but I don't see that as an issue either.
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    Well I hope they do. They will be part of my pre and post ride inspection. I looked over the cat the day this happened however because I wanted my wheels to look pretty with center caps....... I did not see the axle nut coming loose. No more caps! Certainly more protection than what I had prior. Finding deep well sockets with enough meat to use was a challenge. Ended up buying 2 regular sockets. I will red loctite the nut and carry a small map TORCH along with an extra axle. Rockhopper made a good point about the roll pin and needing a punch to change in the field so I thought with more meat in the socket it would be fine. Clearly a cotter pin is useless. I hate to use the loctite but I also hate tearing up axles, bearings and brakes. Not too much more that I can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatcat View Post
    Well I hope they do. They will be part of my pre and post ride inspection. I looked over the cat the day this happened however because I wanted my wheels to look pretty with center caps....... I did not see the axle nut coming loose. No more caps! Certainly more protection than what I had prior. Finding deep well sockets with enough meat to use was a challenge. Ended up buying 2 regular sockets. I will red loctite the nut and carry a small map TORCH along with an extra axle. Rockhopper made a good point about the roll pin and needing a punch to change in the field so I thought with more meat in the socket it would be fine. Clearly a cotter pin is useless. I hate to use the loctite but I also hate tearing up axles, bearings and brakes. Not too much more that I can do.
    My 12 point set has worked great for years, no pins, no cotter key, no lock-tite. (Plenty of contact area) And my crappy welds have held up too... Ha! Name:  ScreenShot06719.jpg
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    Not a crappy weld if it has held together! Function vs beauty...... I pick function every time..... My cat is in my enclosed trailer. Need to get it together enough to get the tire on it and limp it into the shop. Raining here in NC today. Good project for today.
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