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    Dive Shaft Installation Help

    Is there a trick to get the top hat to the proper location on the shaft during the installation. I am putting an 06 RXP back togther and the top hat does not go far enought down the shaft to install the circlip. I tried my old top hat as well and had the same results.

    Is there a trick to install it.

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    monaroman76's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    Whyalla, South Australia
    So you can not get the top hat behind the groove for the c clip? The c clip stops the top hat from travelling up the shaft. The tension from the bellows keeps the top hat from moving back.

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    Should I be able to move the top hat back with my hands. It does not seem to want to go back enough to install the clip.

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    Steve STSPERFORMANCE's Avatar
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    Dec 2007
    Cambridge, Ohio
    heat up the bellows with a hair dryer to make it soft. If u dont have the driveshaft tool you gotta pull back hard with yours fingers its fun

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    Gus13letter's Avatar
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    Apr 2008
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Make sure the drive shaft is clean and it slides on it, if it does it is just the ruber bellow. It is tight as hell! I used a block of wood and pry bar when doing mine for leverage. Allowed the circlip to be put on and the top hat was slid over it when done.

    Here is a thread I started long ago. Should help to see how I used a pry bar to move the hat back.

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    1tommygunner1927's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Houston, Texas
    How much free play, forward/rearward movement of the driveshaft is there? There should be a minimum of 3/8" movement.

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