pilot bearing removal

Mihnea Cotet mik at info.fundp.ac.be
Thu May 1 21:09:49 EDT 2003

Hi Brandon!

Sorry that I'm a little late on this one, I've BTDT too last summer when
doing my 3B conversion, and I had to dremel into the PB's outer race and
finally got it out, but it sure was a #@$*£µ PITA :-)

Good luck and keep us posted, especially WRT what you're going to do for
the IC, I'm pretty curious! :-)



At 11:34 1/05/2003 -0600, Brandon Rogers wrote:
>Believe me, I wouldn't (usually) FI if IAB, but in this case I'm doing a 3B
>conversion on my '84 urq.  The tranny from the urq requires a completely
>different PB.  The shaft on the urq tranny is bigger in diameter than the
>TorSen one-hence my need to change.
>Thanks to all for the info---very helpful!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Phil and Judy Rose" <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
>To: <QSHIPQ at aol.com>
>Cc: <brogers at terrix.com>; <200q20v at audifans.com>
>Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 11:18 AM
>Subject: Re: pilot bearing removal
> > At 12:22 PM -0400 5/1/03, QSHIPQ at aol.com wrote:
> > >Brandon:
> > >Yes, the 3b pilot bearing is all the way recessed, and I guess is
> > >considered a lifetime part...  To make it less so for the DIYer,
> > >take a dremel and make 2 cut thru the shell about 3/4 of the depth
> > >180 apart, then use a scredriver and pound the shell in towards the
> > >center, it will collapse on itself
> >
> > Yes, I've been told that the pilot bearing comes out in pieces,
> > althougth your reply is the first verification I've had that it is
> > true. A few years ago my car had work done that required dropping the
> > tranny. The shop suggested that-- while they were "in
> > there"--replacing the pilot bearing might be a reasonable bit of
> > preventive maintenance, so I had one shipped in from Carlsen Audi. I
> > was not around during the bearing removal/installation, so later--out
> > of curiosity-- I asked to have a look at the old bearing. The tech
> > laughed, and told me I was welcome to hunt in the trashcan for the
> > bits and pieces of it.
> >
> > I guess this obeys the advice of "Don't fix it if it ain't broke",
> > while ignoring it at the same time.
> > Phil
> > --
> > *********************************
> > *  Phil & Judy Rose           Rochester, NY  *
> > *        mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net       *
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> >
> >
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