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Upgrading carrier for 4.88 gears?

I'm finally upgrading to 4.88 gears. I currently have 4.10's.

I've read around that the stock carrier is on the smaller side and if I install 4.88 gears I'll have to ground too much off the cross pin, so it's recommended to upgrade the carrier too a larger size.

What carrier do I upgrade too? I've searched the forums and internet and haven't found much.

I don't offroad anymore, can I run the stock carrier and be fine for on-road use?

-Levino

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Upgrading to LSD would be nice, how's this carrier?

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Just grind some of the tooth. That is what most do. You only do it on a few teeth to get enough room to slide the center pin in. Pretty sure that is the problem regardless of carrier. That traction-lok is garbage offroad. Get an aussie (lunchbox locker) if you're on the cheap side, otherwise detroit or selectable.
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Just grind some of the tooth. That is what most do. You only do it on a few teeth to get enough room to slide the center pin in. Pretty sure that is the problem regardless of carrier. That traction-lok is garbage offroad. Get an aussie (lunchbox locker) if you're on the cheap side, otherwise detroit or selectable.
There you have it. He doesn't even have a 4x4 but he pays attention.

Just grind enough of the teeth to fit the cross pin in there. Notched cross pins suck.

Trac Lok sucks. If you want a limited slip get a Detroit True-Trac (assuming it is compatible with 4.88s), or a lock rite for a locker since Aussie doesn't make one for the 28 spline.

31 spline 8.8" with stock open carrier, 4.88 gears, aussie, and a grind on the ring gear.
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I agree as well. Trac loc sucks. Grind the ring gear. No need to buy anything extra and you won't have to worry about running a crap notched cross pin.
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Thanks guys! Can't wait to get these 4.88 gears installed.

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