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doin extended studs... need a little help/advice/tips

so i bought a set of extended studs for my car. the fronts, i understand tht you gotta pretty much replace the entire front bearings, and thts not a job i feel like doin more than once, so thats on hold right now till i replace the bearings.... but im doin the backs thos... i took off all the brake componets, tapped the studs loose, but ran into the issue of the weird retarted bolt tht holds everythign together in the back.... after further reasearch, i come o find out tht bolt is under the dust cap in the back of the hub/bearing assembly. tell in order to get tht bolt, i need tht dust cap off. and that dust cap just aint budgin.... been doing this for 2/3 days and absolutely no movement on the cap. i was wondering if this is a common problem for 3rd gens and wise words of thumb so i can get tht dust cap off. i tried prying around it, got nothing, tried tapping it with a mallot a little, nothing, even tried heating it up slightly and still go nothing. does anyone know really how to get that stupid dust cap off? its embarassing soemthign so simple as a dust cap is giving me so much grief for my studs. Much love and appreciation to anyone who can help me, thank you in advance.
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Re: doin extended studs... need a little help/advice/tips

Well, here's what I did a few years ago. I grabbed a small flat bladed screwdriver and a hammer. I pounded the screwdriver through the cap and used that to get the dust cap started. Then I was able to easily pry the cap off once it was started. Then I carefully bent the flap of metal from the screwdriver hole back down into place so that there was no longer a hole. Then I soldered the seam to make it air tight. Probably not what a tech would recommend, but it worked for me.

You could just drill a hole into the cap, but you would have to find a good permanent way of closing the hole back up again.
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POST HOW YOU FINELY DID IT PLEASE
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to get the dust cap off.... I wound up drilling a hole into the side/face of the cap, took a flat head screwdriver, and tapped that in with a mallot, i got the screwdriver to be in between the actual middle of the bolt, and the dust cap. with tht in there, the screwdriver wasnt budging, i used one of the stronger thicker flatheads i own, then put a pipe i have over the screwdriver, pulling on the pip fro leverave and screwdriver stability, the cap goes flying off after a few good tugs, and i wound up hittin myself int he face from using so much force and not expecting it to just come off. now comes the harder part of the spindle bolt. wise word of advice... seriously, dont ever do this without planning to replace the bearings... while its all apart once, do everything, bearings and studs, may as well just do brakes too while your down there... cause this sucks... all this... because i wanted extended studs.
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