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    Red face Gear Install

    So I've decided to do the stoopidest thing in the world!! I'm gonna install my own gears. I figure save the 500 it's gonna cost to get it done and buy some cool tools and have enough left over to try again if i jack it up retardedly. anyways i've compiled a list of tools i'll need :
    Footpound torque wrench, inchpound torque wrench, dial indicator, micrometer calipers, gear marking compound, bearing pullers, pry bars, dead blow hammer, assorted wrenches/sockets.
    can anyone think of anything else i'll need. I'm gonna stay at a holiday inn express the night before i try this.
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    Im deff interested in this as well
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    Hey man, I have an inch pound and a ft pound torque wrench you can borrow, try to save a little dough.
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    Sweet, all lewis jeepers will be invited to this epic adventure!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05warrior View Post
    can anyone think of anything else i'll need. I'm gonna stay at a holiday inn express the night before i try this.

    One of first things I can think of is, a set of 'fitting bearings'. That's probably not the tech term, but it's a set of bearings you use to find the proper amount of shims you will need. The bearing collar is slightly enlarged so you can slip them on/off of the carrier repeatedly and not need to 'pull' them everytime possibly damaging the 'good/final install' bearings. (I hope that made sense.)
    The other thing you might need a way to press the bearings on the carrier for the final install. (ALWAYS be careful if you decide to 'heat' the bearings for the final install - and I AM NOT suggesting you heat them. Damage and a change of temper could occur if done improperly resulting in a grenade of your time and work.)
    Are you installing a locker - Aussie, Lockright, or Detroit, etc?
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    Best of luck. Get plenty of practice in on your rig and you will make a ton of friends fast!!!
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    Your gear marking compound will come in the master install kit that you need to buy. A MIK has all of your bearings, seals, gear marking compound, acid brush and crush sleeve (if applicable) in it. You can turn the bearings that are currently in your diff into setup bearings and save yourself the money. Also, in with your new ring and pinion and also in the MIK, you will get a booklet that shows you acceptable gear mesh patterns. With those patterns, they also tell you if you need to move the pinion in or out more and also if you need to move the ring gear closer or farther aways from the pinion.

    The biggest thing to keep in mind is that it's going to take you putting the carrier in and pulling it back out a couple of times to get the mesh right. Don't get discouraged or frustrated. Take your time when it comes to pulling and/or pressing the bearings on. You don't want to slip and hit the bearing cage and jack it up.
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    When making the install bearings, how loose should they be compared to the actual bearings?
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    You're going to need a press also. Read as much as you can on the install process. Pinion depth is the key. Everything esle in the install process hinges on pinion depth being accurate. Take it from someone who has done this a couple of times, just find a competent shop and pay for it. It really is cheaper in the long run.
    Last edited by socalkenny; 04-21-2009 at 18:10.

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    Check out the instructions on Randy's Ring & Pinion website, they will give you a lot of insight into the process and how to better interpret the patterns you'll get in the gear marking compound.

    http://www.ringpinion.com/HowTo.aspx

    Test-fit bearings can be honed internally to fit loose enough to be easily removed and replaced during the test fit process, you are only using them to set the proper height.
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