Suzuki Samurai Transfer Case Front Output Shaft Pilot Bearing
The front output shaft is supported by one roller bearing and one pilot bearing in the end of the main/rear output shaft. The pilot bearing can be damaged as a result of low oil flow. In addition, dirt, debris, and water tend to collect in this location causing the bearing to wear down and fail. If this happens, it wears into your front output shaft and can ruin the bearing surface leaving your $90+ front output shaft useless. We recommend replacing the pilot bearing when doing a transfer case rebuild or when replacing your front output shaft.
Please note: these are not easy to remove. We recommend a high-quality slide hammer to remove the old one. Sometimes you can borrow one from a friend or a mechanic or have a mechanic do it for you. Installing the new one is fairly easy with a right-sized socket or bearing install tool.