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Help me w/ LS install!

Ok... some background info first, my truck has the 8.8 28 spline open differential with 4.10 gears. I am buying a LS differential (pics below), with the oem pin, and an unused shim pack that came with a locker. Exactly what else will I need to install this on my truck using my existing 4.10 gears?


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shouldn't need anything since you are using the same gear ratio w/ the LS carrier....should be able to take your carrier out and use the shims off it to install the L/S carrier....just make sure you remember which side the shims came off of so they can go back on that side.....
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addtive, oil, bearings I THINK..gasket maker stuff to put the cover back on..um...i think that would be it
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^^^^oooo yea i forgot about that! lol....that is the most important stuff!
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your going to need a press or just get new bearings for the carrier...

also will need to check your backlash and all that... wouldnt be any different then installing a new Ring and Pinion.

i would recommend getting some help from someone that has setup a 8.8 before.
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My uncle is a mechanic, I plan on taking it to his garage and him helping me, I'm not sure if he has setup an 8.8 but I know he has done gears and rear ends before.
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your going to need a press or just get new bearings for the carrier...

also will need to check your backlash and all that... wouldnt be any different then installing a new Ring and Pinion.

i would recommend getting some help from someone that has setup a 8.8 before.
do you have to recheck it even if you install the same gears?
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do you have to recheck it even if you install the same gears?

yes since its comin off and your reinstallin it on a new carrier unit..better be safe then sorry
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I want to get everything before I get my LS so I will be good to go. So far my list contains this:
- new carrier side bearings and races
- gasket maker stuff (do you recommend this over an OEM gasket?)
- LS additive (what brand do you all recommend?)
- differential fluid (same ?, what brand?)
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might wanna add a can of brake cleaner so just spray on the stuff to get it nice and clean..
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do you have to recheck it even if you install the same gears?

i would certainly think so. what if the carrier is different? moves the ring gear...
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get a synthetic fluid like lucas or amsoil so you dont need that silly additive.
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