One thing that may differ from your gearing experience is that this is an IRS diff. I had a really confusing convo with a guy here at work, and when he realized that my diff was for a IRS setup, he was like 'ohhhh never had one of them'. I have even less clue about a solid rear axle diff ...and I'm assuming your Jeeps have a solid rear. I could be wrong though...
I never removed or touched the pinion gear in the diff that's getting rebuilt, and I know now that the pinion gear (not the diff unit) gets shimmed at the factory to set the right 'mesh' with the ring gear. It will be the same ring and pinion gears when it goes back together so they will be matched. Assuming the backlash is correct, the mesh should be the same as before.
There is only room for lateral movement of the ring gear when it goes back together and that is done via the side adjusters. The bearing preload is also done via the side adjusters.
That install doc was actually off the Mc2racing.com website and is definitely specific to my car. I got the eaton and the parts kit from the same guys. Didn't you see the Merkur at the bottom? It even has my wheels on it. (I got them from the same guys too)
There are a number a guys from the Merkur community that are running the Eaton setup from Mc2racing, and I'm certain I would've heard negative things in the forums if anyone experienced any failures due to bad installs, poor instructions etc...
Needless to say I appreciate your concern and advice Chris! You've scared me a little, but I'm still moving forward into the unknown! I do have the FSM and I'll check it as well to be triple sure.
What is it with you Jeep guys, thinking you know everything there is to know about gears anyways? I'll be fiddling with it this weekend so I'll let you know how it goes.
Root_Moose wrote:If the pinion gear has not been removed from the housing then that is half the battle.
el_torpedo wrote:Did you use Colgate Total? Less tartar build up and it leaves your diff minty fresh!
schmoo wrote:Wouldn't it be nice if diff and tranny fluids were in fact minty scented?
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