How do you remove Half-Shafts when prying does not work?

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  1. Gary Smith

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    I want to replace the 3.31 rear gears in my vanilla 2017 GT with 3.73s. I have a like-new GT350 rear suspension (with 3.73 gears) that I found on eBay. I have been trying to remove the half-shafts from the GT350 rear so I can remove the center section (differential). According to the service manual, the half-shafts are supposed to pop out with a bit of prying. Mine do not budge with a ton of prying. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
     
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    Have you tried 2 pry bars or large screw drivers at the same time? One on top and one underneath?
     
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    No experience with S550 but on some front drive half shafts they had a hog ring so you needed to pry on them them with the multiple bars “evenly” as mentioned above, to close it up and let it slide out

    Looks like there is a ring.....

     
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    Simultaneous prying top and bottom did not work on either side. I will try the slide hammer tool next - great suggestion, thanks. I could just swap entire subframes but that's a bigger job and seems like asking for bigger trouble later. I'll leave that as a last resort.
     
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    My axles are out. What finally worked was a big bronze punch and a 2lb hammer. It was only possible to hit the shoulder of the inner CV joint slantwise but that did not prevent success. It seems shock is sometimes necessary - took two or three solid whacks.

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    Always get a bigger hammer. :eek:
     
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    A bigger hammer always worked when I got in trouble, but as I get older a bigger hammer is getting harder to swing:(
     
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    nice job!
     
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    Perhaps a bigger Bob is in order here? Eat some of Grant's pizza and that should do the trick.

    Good job by the OP. Persistence pays off.
     
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    Sounds like excellent advice, all tho I haven't seen a Grant pizza in a while....he may be on strike?
     

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