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Old 02-21-2009
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Axle bearing size

I have a COMPLETE rebuild kit for an 8.8 for a 28 spline. It includes everything, carrier bearings and shims, pinion bearings and shims and seal and crush sleeve, axle bearings and seals, ring gear bolts, cover bolts, and I think that's it.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but the only parts that wont fit a 31 spline explorer rear is the axle bearings and seals right?

Oh ya, has anyone used one of the solid spacers that go in place of the crush sleeve before? Good/bad idea?
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Yes, only difference is the outer bearings and seals.

Never heard of the alternative to the crush sleeve. Interested though, b/c I need to replace my seal soon...
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Thanks for reassuring me, I thought so.

A couple links for the solid spacer:

http://completeoffroad.com/i-122892-...ad-collar.html

http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles.../photo_07.html
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Hmmmm, looks like the thing to use for long term as you can reuse them. I wonder if I can use it instead of a crush sleeve whne doing the seal? I assume so, as I'd have to torque a crush sleeve down anyway. gotta look into those...
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What did you end up doing?
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so the 28 and 31 spline axles use the same carrier bearings?

I have a solid spacer on my 9", time will tell but its a lot easier than crushing the crush sleeve.
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yes an 8.8 is an 8.8 same bearings.
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the axle shafts are just bigger in the 31 spline right?
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yes

the tubes are bigger and the axle bearings are larger.
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thats what i thought
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What did you end up doing?
Havent decided yet. Probably stay with the crush sleeve for now since I already have it and if/when I have to replace the pinion seal in the future, I'll put in the solid spacer. I've read nothing but good things about them.
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the links posted above shows what is used in my rearend. my buddy has not had any problems with them and he has rebuilt A Lot of rear ends, from race trucks to daily drivers
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