Here's the situtation: I just had shoulder surgery and I'm now well enough to try this install.
I have never been into a diff except to change oil, replace axle seals, and install third member style diffs. (never set up a ring/Pinion). I already have an OBA & have the air controls & plumbing installed.
I'm going to start with the rear (Dana 44 3.73). Today I'm building a housing spreader (from the SWB).
I have already drained and cleanup the diff. Found nothing broken but the spiders & keeper pin appear (to me) to be very worn/loose and the spider/axle splines not as bad but some play. Normal??? Bad thing? Need new Axles too? Spider made of softer metal than the axle???? Just pull the axles and check the splines for visual wear???
Ring & Pinion show little wear .... not sure what to look for here. Nothing broken, chipped and no obvious wear pattern on the gears. I have the used Ring & Pinion with the used Locker but appears to be a lot less work to transfer my Ring on to the locker. Previous owner says they are almost new and appear that way. Found no metal in the oil, just water sluge.
Some one has been in here ahead of me but not sure what was done other than use that rock hard gasket cement!
I'm looking for advice, "old indian tricks", web links, tools needed, etc
Any & all thoughts welcome