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Rear trac-loc install question???

EDIT:THIS UNIT IS FOR SALE. I will post it in the classified's section. Reason for selling - I bought an 8.8 rear and no longer will be using the 7.5. This unit was never installed by me, it is still in the box that I recieved it in.

I just recieved the trac-loc that I bought. It's for a 7.5 rear end. It has a bunch of numbers on it along with a ford stamp.

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Well lets hope you have a 7.5 rear end with that 4x4. I dont think there are kits to install these like there are for gears.
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Well lets hope you have a 7.5 rear end with that 4x4. I dont think there are kits to install these like there are for gears.
Yep, it's a 7.5 rear in my truck. I wondered also but, that's what's in there. Just like I went to ford to order a part and they told me that ford never offered the 3.0L engine option with the 4X4, But i've seen plenty around.
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Id find a new dealer...

u shouldnt need any install kits persay but u will need to check the gear pattern again.
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Id find a new dealer...

u shouldnt need any install kits persay but u will need to check the gear pattern again.
I am using the same gears. What gear patter do I need to check???

I didn't know if I would need any install kits, as in new bearings and stuff???



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It would be ideal to replace the bearings on either end of the diff with new ones before you put it in, visual inspection won't reveal any damage to them.

Changing out the diff is the only upgrade to my truck so far that I've paid a professional to do, after consulting with several gear-heads, including my dad, an old wrencher himself. His take: Just about any moron can get a differential in there and working, but if its not adjusted properly by an experienced mechanic with the right tools who knows how to measure backlash, the odds are very good that 5-10K miles down the road the whole thing will grenade. I sleep better at night knowing mine was done right.
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It would be ideal to replace the bearings on either end of the diff with new ones before you put it in, visual inspection won't reveal any damage to them.

Changing out the diff is the only upgrade to my truck so far that I've paid a professional to do, after consulting with several gear-heads, including my dad, an old wrencher himself. His take: Just about any moron can get a differential in there and working, but if its not adjusted properly by an experienced mechanic with the right tools who knows how to measure backlash, the odds are very good that 5-10K miles down the road the whole thing will grenade. I sleep better at night knowing mine was done right.
OHHHHHHHHHHHH.
I thought the diff just sat in there. I didn't know that you still needed to adjust it if you didn't mess with the pinion gear.

I aslo called randy's ring & pinion about a rebuild kit for it. They said that they have an 8 clutch rebuild kit for it. I am thinking about picking it up.

The seller tould me that it didn't need to be rebuilt, but I really don't want to chance putting it in and then 5-10k miles later I have to rebuild it. I would just rather do it now before it goes in.





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I rebuilt my 8.8 with a Ford reg. 6 clutch kit. Thats a job your average tool-handy guy can do for himself, if you don't mind your hands smelling like gear oil for about a week. The hardest part was getting the S clip back into the correct position. I think I ended up tapping it in with a small piece of wood and a mallet, while using 1 or 2 pairs ov vice-grips to compress it.
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Whoa 3.0 4x4, I had one:)

My trac-loc is getting installed by a pro, but I am not rebuilding it since it came out of a low mileage explorer rear end.
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Yea, I am going to rebuild it before it goes in. I guess it's worth it.

I will try out the 8 clutch kit from randy's.


How hard is it to install??? It was said earlier that it has to be adjusted or something, I don't know?????





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Yea, I am going to rebuild it before it goes in. I guess it's worth it.

I will try out the 8 clutch kit from randy's.


How hard is it to install??? It was said earlier that it has to be adjusted or something, I don't know?????





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I don't know anything about the 8 clutch kit, the 6 clutch requires basically some trial-and-error to get the shims in. Basically you want to use as many shims (or as large a total or smaller shims) as you can fit in and still rotate the spider gears back into place. Once you have it apart you'll see exactly what I mean. I believe with an 8 clutch kit you'll be removing a significant amount of shim thickness to account for the extra clutch plate.
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Presently my 8.8 has an open carrier.... and I will be installing a Detroit TruTrac l/s. The TruTrac is gear operated and much more dependable than the TracLoc which is light duty at best...
I ran a TruTrac in my Jeep for 5 years... Using it in a daily driver the TruTrac has great manners on the highway and good performance OffRoading....

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