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Old 04-17-2005, 11:23 AM
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Broken ring gear

Coming home from college friday I began to hear a loud clanging coming from under the rear of the truck. To make a long story short the culprit turned out to be 4 teeth missing off the ring gear. The guy I bought the truck from put an Eaton posi-traction chunk in the rearend but the ring and pinion were kept GM original parts. The chunk is from Eaton's rock crawler series so its heavy duty. Ive been looking around and have the chance to either order Richmond parts or Eaton parts. I plan on getting a ring and pinion set and a shim kit.
I have to wait til Monday to get the info on either. My questions are:

Would it be better to keep with Eaton?

If I look at Richmond, what series of their gears should I look at?

Any ideas/opinions/advice greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-23-2005, 10:32 AM
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I like the Richmond gears. I don't think you have to go for anything real expensive as long as you don't have tons of torque. Make sure that the bearing clearances are right and that the pinion deoth is correct or you'll likely have the same problem of missing teeth. You could go a cheaper way and just find some gears out of another truck.
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