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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

return of the axles from differential gear v1.2

The gears finally showed up at the shop after a 4 day delay by the shipper.
  I trekked back to North Fort Worth to the shop where Charlie showed me two set up axles sitting on the floor.  It was hard to figure that they were the same ones that were dropped off- damn things had gears in them.
Although to some people (myself included) $600 is quite a drop in the bucket, it is still "cheap" compared to some shops for setting up axles.  (that was for both axles setup , a few extra bearings, and seals. btw)  I had already bought a master setup kit for one of the axles.

 I had a quote from one shop, for one axle, for $600 just for labor!!
Since they were carry in they were cheaper than still on the vehicle.

I went over to them and rotated the gears, perfectly centered pattern.  When holding the ring gear
I could turn the pinion to a slight click sound without moving the ring.  good backlash, now for
some heavy gear oil.

I had them done at:

Differential Gear
2519 NE 36th
Fort Worth, Texas 76111

Ask for Charlie

the new 50/11 gears
in the rear with the
mini spool

The front
Total for rebuilt/regeared axles >$1K

Axles "free" (Even rebuilding a xfer case in swap for them, they ain't free!)
Wheel cylinders 50
spring perches 10
axle bearings 75
axle seals 30
gears 300
labor 475
master rebuild kit 110
paint 19
ball joints 100
And I'm sure something else will be needed.
The rear axle is assembled, ready to be stuffed in.  Needs a parking brake cable and new brake
lines on it.  Can be done in vehicle...
The front started going together- but the lower ball joints are keeping the steering knuckle from
seating- so waiting on scout brake hoses and lower ball joints. 
After that I'm STILL not sure if I want to leaf or coil spring it...

7-16  The parts were shipped on 7-5 and just arrived.  Anything Scout put one wrong number on the house address and the global giant UPS gets completely confused even after calling them 3 times.  Note to global giant- call my number that was on the package  to find out where to deliver it to ....duh.

The lower ball joints went in easier, much easier, than previous attempts.  The wrong size oreilly ones were about 1/2" taller than these and that's why part 41 wouldn't seat.  They came with zerks and a zerk plug, your choice luckily because the upper ball joints' zerk was too big to fit with the shaft in the axle.   so it got greased and got the plug.  The lower kept a zerk in it.

Make sure that before you start hastily putting the outer hub back together that the spindle seals are on first! (47,48,49) otherwise you'll be taking it back apart...really.

The only thing different about this diagram from the scout one is from part 55 would be the hub w/ brake rotor on it, then outer bearing w/ race, tabbed washer, large nut, thinner washer, large locknut, then warn hub assy.

The axle is back together, hubs are cleaned and ready to put them on.
need tie rod ends.  I'm going to have to make a decision by the time the rear end goes on
on what to do with the front -coils or move the springs outboard to match the axle.

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