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installing axle assembly in 123

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Using my Haynes manual I've got one axle out and have got the new one almost back in. I reversed the taking out procedure installing the differential side first and I'm finding I am hanging up on the wheel side by about 1/8 inch. I jacked up the diff but I'm wondering if reversing the taking apart procedure meant putting in the wheel side first. This is on a 84 300 d. I'm new to this forum and this Mercedes is new to me. The boots were shreded on the old axle assemblies. Yes - I did try the search function first. If anyone could advise if it's best to reinstall putting in the diff side first or wheel side first that would be great. Any other helpful tricks to this job would be appreciated.
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I just did this repair a week ago and I didn't have to take out the shocks to do this job.

Basically once you get the axle into the differential I put the c-clip back onto the axle. Then I raised the differential up to get the other side of the axle into the wheel hub.

It takes a LOT of messing around with to get them into the hubs. Basically when I was pushing it in I had to push the boot down and then pull inward. The motion of pulling inward made the axle go back up so I had to push it back down. Eventually I got it in :D

I know those cheap axles are tempting to buy, but consider buying rebuilt axles from CVJ denver. CVJ Axles - Remanufactured Axles & Power Racks

Call and ask them for a quote. I've had them on for about 500 miles and no problem as of yet :thumbsup:
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