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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-16-2003, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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FWIW: Front Differential R&R

Just cause you haven't seen enough "clean" pics of my rig.
(Yeah, these are at least a year old. Note the BFG's in the background)

Here's something I came up with the last time around after I had the TrueTrac installed.
As some of you may know, (or haven't found out yet [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img])
it's a major PITA to get the front diff out if you have drop brackets.
The bracket interferes with the passenger side stub shaft, making it close to impossible to remove the diff.
Let alone, re-installing and getting a good seal would be even harder.
Sooooo, I just decided to drop the whole assembly intact. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
There's barely an additional 30 minutes required to get the pertinent components removed to drop it.


Here's a tip. Cut the head off a couple old bolts to thread in the case.
Makes lining up the differential a breeze.
Especially once you've got the required 1/4" bead of silicone sealant on the housing.
No chance of "mooshing" it around and losing the seal.


After the sealant has dried, and you've detailed the assembly, just jack it back up in place. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
Make sure the rad-arm is in it's mount first, then "manuever" the axle housing pivot in place.
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Re: FWIW: Front Differential R&R

[img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img] I'm planning on putting in a Detroit Truetrac and a gear change by the end of summer. I have the gears it's just the Detroit for the front and rear that is next on the buy list.

I guess I should add some paint or powdercoating to the list to make it look as purrrddyy as yours [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
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Re: FWIW: Front Differential R&R

Well, since you're not quite ready to do your's.....
Check out this thread.
Somewhere in there is a discussion on eliminating the c-clip for the passenger side stub axle coming out of the diff.
That would make R&R easier.
However, it's still heavy as heck, and bulky as heck to work with under the rig. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

What gears are you installing?
Don't forget there's a case break on the D44.
You'll need the correct TrueTrac for the application.
3.73 and down - 913A312
3.92 and up - 913A313
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Re: FWIW: Front Differential R&R

Yeah, I have that one in the favorites.

I currently have 3.54/3.55. I bought the third member and rear axle from Blown that had the 4.09/4.10. It was cheap enough even with shipping and I have the rear axle and third member to build how I want, when I want and my truck is still getting me around and wheelin'. [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
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Speaking of shipping, what did you use to ship? I'm looking at a Solid 44 here on the forum, but would need to ship from PA.
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Dangit!

Again, the Librarian hard at work. Great past pull up there WD [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]

I was trying to remember where I had seen the c clip eliminator diagram as well, and there she be. With my current front axle ujoint project, if I ever get that far! [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img], I need to tack weld that yoke, it was never done. So, I am curious what kind of spring (strength wise) ARB uses for this. Maybe I don't need to worry about it, if it is stuck in as tightly as my spindles [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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Shipping

If anyone needs to ship a D44IFS chunk, get an Igloo "Ice Cube" ice chest. It's only ~$17 from Wal-Mart, and the complete diff fits in it PERFECTLY, with almost no packing. Plus, it's sorta soft, VERY light, and has BIG grab handles. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: Shipping

[img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img] </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
If anyone needs to ship a D44IFS chunk, get an Igloo "Ice Cube" ice chest.

[/ QUOTE ] Very Cool Steve! [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Oh I just kill me. Cool, get it? lol [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]
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I used TNT/Redaway but I went through the company account which is a 65% discount. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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