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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ring and Pinion gear install?

I would like todo the ring and pinion install on my front and rear axles to save some cash, what kind of special tools do I need and is it as difficult as its made out to be? Or should I have it done?

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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

The installation itself is actuall fairly easy and straight forward, it's the accuracy of the setup that is important. you must pay close attention to detail when setting all of the variables. This insures a strong diff that will last. Check out Randy's R & P.

<a target="_blank" href=http://www.ring-pinion.com>www.ring-pinion.com</a>
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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

tobe honest....IF i were you....i wouldnt do the rear, but you can try the front if you really wanna save some cash. Reasoning is that your rear axle is spinning fast on the highway and ALWAYS under load...whereas your front axle is usually only used at low speeds, where a perfect setup isnt totally necessary, and without catastrophic failure. You'll need a good investment of tools...unless you already have them, including a dial indicator, a torque wrench, instructions, etc.

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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

after some reading I was leaning tward having it done and maybe some other time trying to do gears [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

If you do decide to do it yourself, do yourself a favor and either have access to a lift or take the time to remove the axle from the vehicle. It is a real huge PITA to lay under a vehicle and do precision work like this. You need it at eye level, and not eye level laying on your back!
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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

There's no reason why you can't do it yourself, just make sure you get the right tools and take your time. You'll definately need a dial indicator and in-lbs torque wrench. also pullers to get the bearings off. A press is nice and saves a lot of time, but it can be done withous one - just gotta be carefull.
I'm sure if you post pics of your pattern, the gear experts on here will help you out like they did for me.
The key is to be patient and don't stop until it's right. I've got about 12 hours in my first one (the rear) but the front only took a couple of hours. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Ring and Pinion gear install?

What do most shops charge for a ring and pinion install? Per axle?

How long should it take the average mechanic how has never done a ring and pinion install before?

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