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Old 12-07-2013, 12:19 PM
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I've been doing them on my back for 32 years. Keeps your abdominal muscles in shape. Just don't let anything fall on you. I had a Dana 60 differential fall out of a housing once and it almost got me in a very important place. Left a big chip in my concrete floor.

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Old 12-07-2013, 12:36 PM
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I undid the bearing cap bolts but left a few threads to catch the carrier as it came out.
Didīnt need to, it eased out nicely.

Iīm okay once Iīm under the car, just have to make sure all the tools I need are with me.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:15 PM
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Yea, my 48 year old knees don't like getting up and down from the floor anymore. Probelm is now my 48 year old mind can't remember to get everything that I need before I get under the car. I always had plans to get a lift, but it never happened.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:23 AM
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And I thought I have problems with memory at 62......err....63 !!

I already have a aluminum diff cover with bearing supports on it, Iīm also going to install studs for the bearing caps and ditching the crush sleeve for spacer/shims.
Upgrades recommended in a book I bought by Randy Lyman of Randyīs Ring & Pinion.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:28 AM
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The pinion is out and Iīve taken the inner bearing off, Iīll hog that out a tad and use it to get my pinion depth.
Axle spline check..........need new axles.....damn....
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:18 AM
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Be sure to do another pattern check with the new bearing before you do your final assembly. The pinion depth can change when you change the bearing. You don't want a surprise when you do the final assembly and then find that the pattern is no good anymore.
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Iīll set it up and check it as if itīs the final assembly....before I do the final assembly.
I can get the bearing off easy enough, itīd be a pain getting it pressed on again.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:29 AM
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I have my ring gear and bearings on the carrier,
so easy with the right tools.....




Iīm having trouble getting the inner pinion bearing race out.
Iīve been using a slide hammer for hours and it wonīt budge,
the slide hammer is suffering most...
I cannot get in the front to drift it out, there is no room because of the 3"
exhaust, and I canīt remove that.

So maybe by the end of the week the axle will be out, I need hammer swinging space.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:12 PM
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Those cars are a real pain to do rear end work while still in the car. The torque arm also gets in the way. If you have a MIG welder run a hot bead around the race and when it cools it will just about fall out.
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Those cars are a real pain to do rear end work while still in the car. The torque arm also gets in the way. If you have a MIG welder run a hot bead around the race and when it cools it will just about fall out.
I have most of the oil out, itīs like "moist".
I do have a mig welder but would I be likely to set the lot on fire ?

With the axle out, which Iīm loathe to do, I could make it all clean and pretty too...
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It wont flame up, much, and works very well. I use that method to get axle bearing races out of the housing when they refuse to move and start breaking and rollers flying.
FWIW, I use an air hammer and a round 5/8" diameter chisel, about 18 inch long to drive the races out.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:47 PM
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Do you have the rear end hanging as low as it will go? Could you disconnect the shocks to get it to hang a little lower and give you some more room to work? If you do try this just be sure that you don't pull on the brake line.
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Rear end is now hanging as low as it will go, panhard rod and brake line disconnected, springs out.
Itīs still on the lower trailing arms and torque arm.
Can I take the torque arm off leaving the axle on the trailing arms ?



There it is, still a bugger to get at.


I just cannot get the car higher.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:20 AM
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A friend lent me his BIG slide hammer yesterday.
This morning the sucker is out.




The Yukon shim kit is not expected at Summit until 12/30/2013
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Be sure to check the bore in the housing for burrs. If there are any burrs in the bottom of the bore the new race will not seat completely and will cause pinion depth problems, and could cause the bearing to fail early. Always check the race with a .001 feeler gauge to see if it is completely seated in the bore. Also use the feeler gauge to check the bearings to see if they are completely seated on the pinion shaft and differential case.
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