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    Hey guys,

    Trying to get my front axle shaft out to do ball joints and u joint and I get to this nut which doesn't seem to match anything else I've seen. The axle's (84 CUCV) were swapped to 6 lug GM 10 bolts (previous owner) and Mile Marker hubs put in. I have the standard 4 prong spindle nut socket which certainly wont work here....Went to a local auto shop and they said they've never seen one like this either and we went through their entire drawer of spindle nut sockets and none were even close. The notches for the prongs are about 1.5" apart....Anybody know where these come from and where I can find a socket for it? I've been working on making one out of an old deep impact socket with a grinder and a dremel and it's taking forever....

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    '84 CUCV with SM465 tranny and NP205 Tcase

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    Easy to remedy. One of the holes has a small piece of flat stock in it as a lock. I think and hope the top one. You must remove the snap ring and then you can put an awl /ice pick in the hole in the end of the flat bar and remove the lock. Then just use your 4 prong socket and take it out. Reinstall in reverse of removal. I hope that helps. I like these nuts better then the twin nut set up.

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    If you get the big spanner nut wiggle loose that the flat bar is loose a strong magnet gets the lock out of the slot also. Like I said these are my preferred type of spindle nuts in lieu if the twin nuts. Good luck with your nuts.

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    wow, thanks for the quick reply! I'll look for the lock in there tomorrow. Don't know if you can see in the pic but this nut has 6 slots for the socket, not sure how the 4 prong socket will even work in there? Do you know what this type of nut is called?
    '84 CUCV with SM465 tranny and NP205 Tcase

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    never seen one like that in over 20 years of playing with solid axle stuff.

    sorry no help other wise .

    ditch them and go regular . junk yars any 1/2 ton set will work and some 3/4 ton if light axle gvw.

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    Big spanner nut with 6 ears. No but I use my 4 prong socket on mine. I am sure if I ask the Snap-on man he will have a $125. socket that fits it perfectly. But I do not know the correct name for the 6 eared spanner nut. But I like it.

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    Just to clarify... What is that front axle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cucvrus View Post
    Big spanner nut with 6 ears. No but I use my 4 prong socket on mine. I am sure if I ask the Snap-on man he will have a $125. socket that fits it perfectly. But I do not know the correct name for the 6 eared spanner nut. But I like it.
    when someone in my area ask's the snap-on guy about the sockets for this my cell phone rings to get the part # . . . ha ha ha or barrow it .

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    I vaguely remember seeing something like those used in conjunction with the auto locking hubs offered for a while on the GM half and 3/4 tons. Could be very wrong.
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