Got the front suspension dialed in enough to get me safely to the alignment shop...I hope. Initial was way off /-----\ Still waiting for the resi mounts to show up so I can get those welded up and ditch the zipties.
Finished tear down on the front diff. Got all the new races driven in and bearings on. Just waiting on some adult supervision and I can start running some patterns and get this buttoned back up.
Started the tear down on the rear end last night as well. Still need to build a wrench to get at the adjusters.
If all goes well I'll spend the rest of the weekend doing what I can and Pops can swing by next Tuesday to help with the setup. My dad worked for Driveline Service for a lot of years and this is something I've always wanted to know how to do so, I'm learning a ton and saving a shit load of money here
Pops couldn't make it out this week so I decided to start playing with it on my own with no intentions of running it till I'm a little more comfortable with how this all works. After getting the pinion preload and backlash in spec, the pattern was just OK:
I think I need to add a little more pinion depth and maybe add a little more backlash. All in all, pretty happy with how this is going considering I've gotten here un-assisted so far. I'm enjoying the learning curve.
So I made some small adjustments on the front and am pretty happy with it. Sent some pics to pops and he said "I'd send it out like that"...good enough for me!
On to the rear:Any tips for getting the ring gear on the carrier nice and centered when using a spacer? Only thing I can think of is to slap bearings on it and throw it in the housing and use my dial indicator and a deadblow. Now accepting advice
The easiest way is to use 3 alignment wrenches (or large drift punches work) evenly spaced around the ring. This will center the ring gear on the carrier. After that simply tap the spacer to match up with the ring. Or you can snug up 4 evenly spaced bolts then use a rubber mallet to knock the ring in to correct petition check the alignment by measuring the reveal with a caliper. I have seen some spin the entire assembly with loose bolts to self center all the parts. I have tried it a few times, none have been successful.