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    Default Front Yoke is loose

    So, as the title says my front yoke wobbles. Can I just try to tighten the pinion nut or is there an underlying issue I should be concerned about?
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    Assuming a D30 front on the TJ right?
    Just helping the ones that might know out.

    Personally those things don't come loose naturally. Might be worth it to pull the cover off and make sure everything is still together in there.
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    Ditto on Yeti's suggestion. The only reason's for it to come loose are:

    1: bearing race(s) not seated properly after reagearing/rebuilding.

    2: bearing(s) or race(s) are shot.

    If it's recently been rebuilt/regeared, there's a slight chance that a race was not seated properly, and now has, creating slop.

    There's a better chance the pinion bearings are shot.


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    how difficult is it for poor-o-andrew (that's me) to seat the race, if that's the problem? Would it require a completely new race and bearing? Is this best left to a shop?
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    If you've never set up a set of gears (ring and Pinion) you're better off having a shop do it.

    If it was a race not seated, it is now, cuasing the 'slop'. If thats the case (slim chance) then you might get away with tightening the pinion nut.

    Which, to get in spec, should be done by someone who knows what they're doing.

    No matter the problem, the only way to do it right, is to pull the carrier and pinion, and inspect everything. If anything needs replacing, the gears have to be set up all over again.


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    So, if the race wasn't seated and is now causing slop, the torque will be off? would retorqueing be a good course of action to start out?
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    retorqued and installed front driveline, sounds like a tank track up front now.
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    haha...that's no good.

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    I've already started looking at the possiblities of just upgrading the whole axle instead of rebuilding this one
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