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7/20/2004
08:51:18

Subject: LSD backlash
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I have the open diff with 3.28 gears on an 8 1/4 rear end. I want to swap the carrier for an LSD, but keep these gears. So other than popping the carrier to move the ring from one to the other, I wont be touching the pinion at all. The question is: will I need to adjust any backlash when I put it back in, and if so what would the best procedure to do this. I have searched the net for instructions and they point to the use of a dial indicator and the use of "paste" for alignment. I understand that process and it makes sense, but since the entire setup isnt going to be changed (except for the carrier) will it be necessary?
I have been quoted up to 3 hours of labour charges at the local Chryco dealership to the tune of about $300 (this is not a spending project)

Any suggestions?



ScojoDak
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7/20/2004
09:40:07

RE: LSD backlash
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You're out of luck on the "simple" swap. You are correct that all you're changing is the carrier. However, how do you know that the new carrier is EXACTLY and I cannot emphasize enough, EXACTLY identical to the old one? These gears are dialed in within thousanths of an inch. Any misalignmet or deviation will spell disater for you. Hope this helped. Leave it to the pros.



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7/20/2004
10:12:32

RE: LSD backlash
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might as well change the pinion too - usually buy them in a set. Just my two cents,,but seems like a good thing to do when upgrading.



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7/31/2004
09:32:19

RE: LSD backlash
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With a Dial Indcator measure the lash.. write it down . after the new stuff. is in set the lash to the exact that you had with the old.. No need to re do pinion set up.
Buck



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