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LN IMS Upgrade and bearing stud snapped of in LN tool.

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I decided to do the IMS upgrade from LN engineering dual row bearing. I attempted to remove the bearing with the LN toolkit and the support stud snapped off inside the LN tool. Then I decided to use the "Easy Out" tool. After about 10 seconds of trying to get the "Easy out" tool inside the bearing, the copper wire broke off at the threaded piece. As you can see this is not going well. Should I try to call LN and get another "Easy Out" tool and take that chance or should I go ahead and buy a bearing puller?

Originally the LN tool did not budge the bearing at all and that is what caused the stud to snap. What's the chance the "Easy Out" tool or bearing puller will work? Any other way to get it out?

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Sometimes when I have run into this type of trouble I go to the nearest auto parts store. They have bearing pullers that they "loan" for a nominal fee, basically they rent them to you. I would also contact LN engineering immediately and have them send a replacement. Plus I would ask them for some technical advice...perhaps there is something you are not doing correctly that would cause this to be more difficult than it should be.

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It is not that surprising that the OEM stud snapped off. There is a groove cut in it which is one of the weaknesses of the design. The easy out should work, talk to Charles at LN and see what he says. Prior to the development of their specific tool I know they were using a third party puller with a plate on the case to spread the load. They are nice folks at LN so I would talk to them.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yes I removed the chain tensioners, 987 RDC. I ended up repairing the easy out tool by drilling a hole in it and reattaching the copper wire. I did get the bearing out. The bearing looked fine but I feel much better having the LN in it now. Thanks Dharn55.

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