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Old 12-22-2007
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How To: AVM Hub Install Version 1

This process takes 20min+
You will need:FlatHead Screw Driver,All purpose Grease,Rubber Mallet,

First remove your center cap to access your old and unreliable vacum hubs.
And jack the truck up.
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then remove your lug nuts.
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Get a FLATHEAD screwdriver and insert it in each slot all the way around the hub and pry while twisting your wrist clockwise.
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Remove Hub when loose
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slip off and slip on the new O ring provided to you in the AVM package.
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Last and final step.Greese up the old spline.Twist your manul hub in the lock posistion and Insert.(you may need a rubber mallet)
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Make sure you put your lug nuts back! lol

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make sure you are gently with those tabs if it is cold out they are more brittle in the cold.
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Sweet. No more 4wd problems.
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make sure you are gently with those tabs if it is cold out they are more brittle in the cold.
oh yeah,but right now its almost 70 degrees lol
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I think my wife got those for me for Christmas! Thanks for the heads up on the grease, I wouldn't have known about that.

Oh, your hands are dirty.
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brake dust is a ***** haha..

very nice.
i didn't know they were that easy to put on.
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I thought the directions say not to put grease in them?
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nah u gotta grease up the old splines
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the insttructions do say not to grease them, "F" that!!! i greased every spline in the whole assembly, and it works great, engages smoothly and more 4 wheel drive works when ever i need it now
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I thought the directions say not to put grease in them?
you are right i just put mine in yesterday but i added some greese anyways just lightly
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the insttructions do say not to grease them, "F" that!!! i greased every spline in the whole assembly, and it works great
The instructions do say, however, to lubricate the AVM hubs with 30W motor oil if they are disassembled. So i'm thinking regular motor oil, or maybe even some WD-40, might be a better option.

Also, in checking out the AVM hubs here at my desk, I notice that when you turn the **** toward the "FREE" position there is some sort of spring-device inside that wants to pull the **** back toward the "LOCK" position. At the same time the **** is turning, the hub engagement splines are moving in and out quite freely. The spring-device does not offer much tension, and so it might be a consideration that whatever sort of lubrication is applied, it should not interfere with this free movement of the engagement splines. That might even be why a "lighter" lubricant such as motor oil is recommended.
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i used all purpose grease and my hubs locked good...
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i used all purpose grease and my hubs locked good...
The thing about the AVM hubs is that they haven't been available here in the US all that long. So there hasn't been enough time gone by for people to report back on things such as what kind of lubricant does or does not work better after several years of use. I think it's a good thing that different people are applying different kinds of lubes now, so that later on there will be some basis for comparison.

Nice job on the writeup, BTW.
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you always have to lube up b4 u stick it in.I cant imagine slamming it in there all dry
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you always have to lube up b4 u stick it in.I cant imagine slamming it in there all dry

hahahaha, i just found my new quote...
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So where san i get these hubs at?
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what the hell keeps them on any bolts snap rings c-clips i dont know about that design some one explain
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^ just plastic clips, great design right?? yea no

and i wouldn't use grease if you live where its cold.

the hub wont disengage right when you unlock it.

i broke a cv shaft because of it, i also broke the hub trying to pull it off when it was cold.
....granted no one else has the issue i have/had in the front end

but where its warm/hot.. say Texas, grease was GREAT nice smooth engagement every time

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use oil for cold weather like michigan areas and grease in hot weather like az areas... is this what u r saying sir?

so do u like avm or have u just had bad experiences with it?
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i've woke up after night wheelin to find no hub on one side..
another one came apart
the new rugged ridge pos's cant take a rubber mallet tapping on it so i already broke one of those..


but whats the alternative? PVH shat?
i'm just ticked that Warns are ~100 a set and they have a lifetime warranty.. these are the same price and if i was keeping IFS i would have to buy my 3rd set
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so would you recommend just doing the mod where you take the contact metal stripe out of the hub so it acts as a live axel all the time? how reliable is that mod really?
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it worked for me i think..

but then for some reason the t-case wouldn't stay in low.. putting the AVMs on fixed that problem somehow.
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weird.. ill try removing that metal strip in the hubs and if that fails on me ill work my way to the AVM i guess unless u have an alternate option which there probably is and i just missed it??
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its AVM/Rugged Ridge or PVH shat...

take your pick lol
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