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'66 Sprint GT, '67 Duetto, '70 BMW 2800CS
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I second genericwood's comments.

If the bearings are bad, you will feel it when you rotate the axles by hand. As genericwood wrote, they tend to last forever, so you can probably bet that they are OK if they past the feel test.

I disagree that the axle tubes-to-centersection joint was supposed to be assembled dry. When I have disassembled these, I saw evidence of some sealant that I believe came from the factory. I don't use silicone - I use grey, non-hardening gasket goop.

It is easy to thread the axles back into the splines in the differential upon reassembly. Really, nothing is that tricky as long as you don't go changing the ring & pinion in a given housing (the alignment is set using NLA shims, and precise measuring equipment).
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