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Old 02-24-2019, 04:18 AM
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Having done this on a number of cars over the years, my suggestions will capture some of what was shared:

1) New studs and nuts (give yourself a chance for success right away)
2) Use a die to clean up the stud threads (both ends) and a tap to do the same on the head and nuts. Don't go cheap on the tap & die you buy.
3) Clean it all liberally (Brake Cleaner or Kerosene)
4) Use stud installation sockets (https://www.ebay.com/itm/4pc-Socket-...RRS:rk:11:pf:0)
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Pre-xDrive NV125 transfer case (chain & gears).
Factory Xenon headlights, Spyder LED tail lights
Updated vortex crankcase breather.
Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

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Redline oil has replaced "lifetime" fluids (F&R diff, manual transmission, transfer case and P/S).
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