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Old 12-01-2010, 04:18 PM
nocauserebelx nocauserebelx is offline
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Default 8.8 mustang 5 lug converson also gear swap need help

ok so im about wraped up with this project apporaching final steps.

i got the new ring gear on the dif evenly and torqued.(4:10) and im about to install the new pinion gear. however, i tried to install everything with the old bearings and shims to see if it would all work together and it freezes when i tighten the bearing cap and shim braces on the sides of the dif.

so im going to order new bearings and hope this will solve my issues. Any tips?

ps i know about the backlash gap between 6-12thousandths, but any tips when installing the new pinion?

plz anyone who has done the 5 lug conversion to a 89ish mustang 8.8 and replaced gears HELP! im putting the axle in my prerunner ranger 1994 with 31" tires.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:00 PM
blkranger231 blkranger231 is offline
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Default Re: 8.8 mustang 5 lug converson also gear swap need help

Ok one you need a new shim and bearing kit (minor gear rebuild kit) next take the old pinion bearing and wallow it out so that it slides on the new pinion with out a problem. Next use a caliper and gauge the shim thickness (the old shim pack) match that to the new pack install, next shim the side bearings and install (after torquing the pinion) check your pattern if the R&P doesnt turn check the shims if you have to start with the thinest shim in all areas and work your way up till you get the pattern and lash right.
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