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Old 01-17-2011
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installing L/S

is there anyone that sells a kit for everything you need to install a Limited slip/ rebuild the differential? if not what all is needed? i am sure there is some bearing that could use to be replaced, shims, and i know that probably isn't all of it.

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Do you already have a Trac-Lok that just needs rebuilt or do you want to install one and you are currently open diff?
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just order a master install kit for a 8.8 it will have all new bearings and shims for it.. you could use your old bearings and shims and just put em all back on the way they came off.. but if i was you i would go back with new bearings its cheap insureance.. jegs are summit and any place that sells gears should have the kit
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just weld it haha
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If you don't currently have an LS you can buy one on summit for 195. you'll then need to go to ford and purchase carrier bearings, outer axle seals and friction modifier. You'll re-use your open carrier shims, mark which goes on which side.

If you currently have an LS then just buy a rebuild kit.


Don't weld it. Thats worse than trying to use wood glue instead of RTV to seal your dif cover.
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Lincoln locker is where it's at yo.
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Do you already have a Trac-Lok that just needs rebuilt or do you want to install one and you are currently open diff?
I have a ford racing limited slip that i bought used, i have no idea how many miles are on it. I currently have an open differential.

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just order a master install kit for a 8.8 it will have all new bearings and shims for it.. you could use your old bearings and shims and just put em all back on the way they came off.. but if i was you i would go back with new bearings its cheap insureance.. jegs are summit and any place that sells gears should have the kit
i looked at summit and jegs and couldnt find it on either site. i did find this though
FORD 8.8- MASTER INSTALL KIT

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If you don't currently have an LS you can buy one on summit for 195. you'll then need to go to ford and purchase carrier bearings, outer axle seals and friction modifier. You'll re-use your open carrier shims, mark which goes on which side.

If you currently have an LS then just buy a rebuild kit.


Don't weld it. Thats worse than trying to use wood glue instead of RTV to seal your dif cover.
the carrier bearings and outer axle seals are a ford specific item? they wouldn't come in the master install kit (edit: i should read more huh. says right in the description- carrier bearings first on the list. but are those all the seals i need? )?

i already have a bottle of friction modifier, i knew i would need that and bought some already.

i knew about marking them, i watch enough truck shows to know at least that much. the next thing i have to learn is backlash.

another question, do you need friction modifier if you use a synthetic oil? also what is the weight isn't it like 145w90 or something like that?


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Lincoln locker is where it's at yo.
i wish i had money for a locker. i guess when i put a solid one up front, i will swap in a 31 spline that is built out back.

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i knew about marking them, i watch enough truck shows to know at least that much. the next thing i have to learn is backlash.
lol well if you are re-using the shims and just replacing the open carrier with the LS the backlash is already set 98% of the time and you won't have to mess with it but its always good to check
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Look on the gear oil label. Some gear oils don't need it, others do. Royal Purple is one that doesn't.

I'd recheck all specs just to be sure. I've seen cases where it has been wrong using the same shims.
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alright, thanks for all the info. i will hopefully be ordering the kit, and diff cover this weekend.
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well i finally got around to ordering the cover and install kit. cover showed up today, and install kit should be here tomorrow. what weight gear oil do i need? i already have the friction modifier.
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trac loc = 80w90
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