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I got some new bearings and honed them out (I was using the old bearings I had pulled off the carrier and they were slightly tweaked). I believe my pinion is too shallow right now. I did get the backlash set to about a 10 average (thousandths). Here are the pictures


This is a dana 44 5.38 factory gearset (new) BTW.
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That looks better. Yeh do what you said you were going to do and get those clean patches evened up in the middle.
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Here are two more.... I have screwed with this thing all day and this is the closest to centered I have got.... It's .002 from being too shallow or too deep. Please say it looks acceptable or I am going to chuck it in the lake [img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]


Seriously though... Does it look ok? This is a front end.....
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I just finished regearing my front and rear, and am by no means an expert. With that said, your pattern looks great to me, if your backlash is ok! Good Luck!
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As long as your back lash is 8 to 10. Your good to go there. That pattern looks really really good.
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The backlash is an average of 10....11 in places and 9 in others. The only thing l am not sure on now is the pinion preload. I tightened the nut down to about 85 ft lbs which gave me a drag of about 20-25 inch lbs on the yoke nut (the book suggested 14-19 inch lbs on new bearings but my inch lb wrench only goes down to 20). For final tightening it says 250 ft lbs but if I tighten it down that much my preload is gonna go way up.... What is the trick to this? Put more shims on the pinion shoulder infront of the rear bearing? I added .003 like the book sugested to compensate for settling bearings. I don't want the bearings screwed up but if I leave it at 85 lbs tight will that be enough (with lock tight or course)? Hopefully after I get this one done I will feel confident enough to do the next one without pestering (maybe not though as it has a crush sleeve). TIA
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Crush sleeves are 10 times easier.

Before you go nuts you may want to get a better inlb wrench. You want one that you can read down into the single digits. You may be getting a reading of 20 but you may only have 10. Your guage only goes down to 20 and probably isnt accurate at all down that low.
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