Not adjustable pinion nut as I stated, I was thinking of the preload shim type design. Whether or not it uses a crush sleeve or solid spacer is beyond my knowledge.
Sounds like I hosed the bearing preload process. Err, I put the same amount of torque on the pinion nut each time I set up but it sounds like maybe I had it too loose. I tightened it until the pinion was snug and resistance was felt while turning.
When I did final install, I installed the new bearings and crushed the new sleeve to 200 ft lb as required. It slightly moved the coast side pattern a bit towards the toe but not much from where is is in the above photos. It's pretty much a match to the used pattern in the gears.
It also ended up opening up the final backlash to .095'' which is in spec.
Hope I didn't screw this up....