Reassembling Transmission

Little tricks and some things you shouldn't do for your L Series Suzuki

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Reassembling Transmission

Post by stevec » Mon Nov 07, 2005 10:49 am

Make sure the bearings on either end are seated properly before bolting the case halves together, and tighten the end bolts before the middle (shorter) ones! I thought I had done this correctly yesterday, and was tightening all eight bolts down, each one a little at a time, but I don't think I had the rear bearing in the groove all the way, and as I cranked down one of the middle bolts, heard a distinctive "crack", followed by many words that cannot be repeated here. Upon undoing the bolts, a 3" piece of the aluminum case fell off into my hand. :pissed:
Those cases are soft aluminum, and it doesn't take much to crack them. I thought I was being careful, but apparently not careful enough!
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Post by Jimny » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:46 am

Oh man that sucks!

I bet you said "oh darn" and "well I'll be" and maybe the mother of all bad names "heck" :wink:
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Post by stevec » Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:58 am

I don't feel quite as bad about it now. I have about six LJ10/20 trannies, and started looking them all over. One case (I think it's one I got from you, actually!) had the rear case all goobered up from a bad output shaft bearing. I figure I should be able to get at least four good ones out of the six, five if I'm lucky.

The first one is back together, except the output shaft seal, which must be pressed on. Haven't worked on it in awhile, as I've been making sure the pickup is roadworthy.
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Post by Jimny » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:25 am

Yeah I remember that one, took it on trade for a good tranny.

I have seen some weird things people have done to get their LJ's going again. I have a front axle assembly that someone welded a spindle onto it that has a freewheeling bearing with plate and studs where they can just bolt on the wheel, no brake hub etc just a free wheeling axle, and of course it (the wheel) would have stuck out past the fender-well a ways.

But I guess it did get them back on the road again. :roll:
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Post by stevec » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:50 am

Yeah, it's amazing what people can think up. Of course, since these LJ's can't do highway speeds, a lot of them were used offroad only, as farm/ranch vehicles, so it didn't matter what they did to it.
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