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Bought Detroit and what?

Okay, I got a used Detroit locker and some used 4.56's. Now what? What all am I going to need to plop these into my rear 44? Seals, bearings, other stuff? How can I check out the locker and gears and make sure everything is looking good. BTW - I bought them of e-bay. Kind of an impulse buy, but o well I checked out Randy's ring & pinion page and got some good info, but where can I get some actual step-by-step instructions? Or atleast somewhat in depth since I'm going into this completly blind being I've never done gears Hope to get some feedback. Thanks!

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Re: Bought Detroit and what?

it's to much to type in one post, but i'll answer step by step questions.

i would get a installation kit first, (comes with new carrier bearings/races, pinion bearings/race, nut, seal, shims/new slinger and such, & marking compond/brush) also it's a great time to change axle bearings and seals (inner and outer or just outer depending on your 44, i'd wait until apart to see if you have an inner seal.)

so do you have an air gun & 1/14" socket, bearings splitter/puller, press, dial indicator, torque wrench?

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I would go back and read EVERYTHING on Randy's site. Believe it or not most everything you will need is covered on that page.

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Re: Bought Detroit and what?

That's what I like about you ...
Yer willing to just jump in there and do the job, no matter how technical and/or difficult.
You are the example all the crybaby newbys ought to admire and follow.
The seasoned guys here all see this and are more than willing to walk you through the whole job ... step by step.
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REad Randy's instruction manual that was linked in an earlier post, it is the most complete I have ever seen. It starts out by telling you what you will need in the way of tools, this may or may not stop you right there, because you are going to have some purchases to make in the way of special tools, be prepared to lay out quite a few more bucks yet. It may end up being cost effective to have the parts installed professionally, but then you won't go thru the learning experience and be able to say you did it yourself.

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Re: Bought Detroit and what?

I bought damned near all the specialty tools to do this at Harbor frieght for just over $70. That was the 1" dial indicator, fine-adjustment magnetic base, and inch/pound torque wrench. You'll still need a foot/pound torque wrench, the bearing splitter/puller and a hydraulic press is handy but not necessary. I found installation kits to all range around $90 (at least the most complete ones) so I would just buy a couple kits from Randy's and they should come with the install booklet. Good luck, I'll be doing this in another month or so [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: Bought Detroit and what?

here's a couple good sites i used when i did my super 35 kit.
on the second one if you go to the bottom and go to page 2 it gives you step by step instructions and pictures. it's on a dana 35, but should give you the idea of what to do. hope this helps you as much as it did me. i had never did it before this time either and mine's working great!

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