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Re: Mini spool install?
Hmm ive talked to people who have done things like that with out a dial indicator. I tried doing it too and decided to use the indicator after I had to pull the 3rd member out 2 times after installing it twice.
The mini-spool will come with your sales invoice...thats it. I looked at the instructions for a locker install off of izook to do my installation. I slide hammer would be helpful as well. You can get them cheap on harborfreight, but if you dont wanna get one, ive read some other ways of doing it(dont remember them very well tho).
As far as the adjustments for the carrier...
Like I said I ended up using a dial inicator because I was tired of doing it wrong while I was trying to guestimate the adjustments.
If you were to tighten the back side of the ring gear(that adjustment side) until it was no longer easy, and then tighten it two more holes, and then tighen the otherside until it starts getting harder to turn, then once again tightening two more holes.
Then back off on the adjustment on the back side of the ring gear 3 holes, and then tightening the other side 3 holes.....by doing that you may have it set right. Try turning the drive shaft flange and see how hard/easy it is to turn. If it feels hard to turn you should probly loosen the adjustment on the back side of the ring gear one more hole and tighten the other side one more hole.
I never tried it that way before using the dial indicator, but thats what I basically did when I had the dial indicator, but having the dial indicator I knew it was correct. I ended up with a .007" back lash, a new ring & pinion should be at .006" back lash, but a used set can be a little more.
I used DougO's instructions in doing this and it turned out great(with the dial indicator). But if you do it this way it may get set right without the dial indicator.
Have you checked on the costs of renting a dial indicator with a magnetic base?
The only special tools I used was the slide hammer(to pull the axles), and the dial indicator. I paid $30 for the 5lb slide hammer, with 17 attatchments for different things. I borrowed the dial indicator from someone.
Let me know if you have any questions. I just recently installed mine and it was a good learning experience for me. Also check out the post that DougO had when I asked about the adjustments. DougO explained it very well.
Anyone comment, or correct on any of my mistakes in this post.