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Old 01-29-2018, 10:07 PM
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Has anyone replaced the front differential axle bearings and seals on the stock 7.25? If so, can you point me in the right direction for left and right side bearings/seals.

The parts stores come up with 2 different bearings/seals for left and right side. The left side is a just a bearing and regular seal, but the right side is a goofy looking seal with a metal plate and 4 bolt holes and the bearing is completely different and it comes with a collar. both sides looking at it appear to be the same. I am confused.

The right side axle parts look like you put the seal on the axle, then the bearing, then you press the collar on to hold everything. I don't know. The service manual shows nothing like that.

I do not have a split axle or actuator on the right side, mine is fulltime.

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I don't have 4WD on my Dakota, but the RockAuto catalog shows the same bearing (Timkin 5707) and seal (Timkin 8660S) for both sides on the 7.25 inch axle. See the links.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo....sn=483&jsn=483

http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo....sn=471&jsn=471
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what you are saying they show for the left side sounds like what my front diff had, I rebuilt the one in my 96 a while back... what they say goes on the right side sounds like what would have been on something like a '73 Dart with a 7-1/4.
I don't remember exactly which year but somewhere along the line they changed the 7.25s they used in actual REAR end applications to a C clip style axle, then it went to what you are calling a conventional separate bearing and seal like what they claim the left side of your truck takes. (this happening before the Dakota was even a concept)
I know that my 80 Volare and the parts car I had both had what you are saying the left side of your truck takes....
I think that I remember buying 2 of the same bearings and seals when I did my front diff in my 96 for the outer axle housing where the CV shafts come in.... because outer axle bearings and seals NEVER come with a differential rebuild kit and I have no idea why...... and NOT just on the 7-1/4. on all axles.
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