In order to do that seal right, you need to remove the carrier and use a new crush sleeve (collapsable spacer) and pinion nut. How hard you torque that nut determines how much that spacer crushes which in turn determines how much preload is on those bearings. By loosening that nut, you took off the preload and the crush sleeves do not return to original shape.
If you do not get those bearings back to the preload they had before you took off the flange, you run the risk of over or under torqueing. Either case could ruin those bearings very fast. My bearings lasted less than 60 miles whne I tried the easy way for my seal, though many have had luck marking the nut and not doing it the book way.
There is no set torque to get those bearings to that preload, did you mark the nut before you took it off? that's really the only way you are going to get it close. that nut has to be close to where it was when you started, or get a new crush sleeve/pinion nut and start from scratch.
2001 Ranger with some stuff (RIP, some pieces still floating around)
2004 Level II and an 05 Rubicon with some stuff.
Last edited by buckgnarly; 08-04-2009 at 06:50 PM.