D44 gear install... stuck again.
Well I thought I got my gears set nicely and ready to be put back together with the new bearings and such, and now I find myself stuck.
It seems I've ended up with too many carrier preload shims. The carrier gets most of the way in, but won't go the last little bit. There are only about .002 more shims in there than there were when I started. I also can't get the bearings off the new carrier in order to remove any of the shims. I could get them pressed off next weekend at the local performance shop, but that'd probably cost me about $45. Also, I won't have any way to know how many shims to take out in order to get the carrier to go back in properly, so it helps, but not completely. As tight as it is, I don't think taking out just the .002 extra shims i have in there would make it fit. I think it would take more.
Anyone have some advice? This damn axle has fought me every single step of the way and I just want to get it done. Thanks.
Would it be possible to get the carrier in as far as I can by whacking it, and then "pulling" it in the last little bit by tightening the bearing caps over it? That just sounds like a bad idea, but it's about the only option I have left.
2003 FX4 Level II. Twin Shifters. Black. A few mods here and there.
Originally Posted by SuperGildo@RRP
Kyle's a smart man.
Last edited by Gearhead61; 08-02-2009 at 07:58 PM.