Posted Bykris on January 22, 2002 at 22:05:57:
In Reply to: 12-bolt solid pinion spacer setup??? posted byben on January 22, 2002 at 19:57:41:
: I was wondering if there is anything special you have to do to set one up that has a solid spacer in it. I have to put it together and have never done one with one of these in it.
use of the solid spacer in place of the stock crush sleeve is fairly simple.
two of the most important things you must do is use a NEW pinion nut and
torque it to the proper specification after the pinion bearing pre load
has been set.
during the set up process, use the old nut when determining the pinion bearing
pre load. add or subtract shims until the desired pinion bearing pre load
is obtained. measuring bearing pre load is done with an inch pound
torque wrench. turn the pinion with the torque wrench and note the
amount of torque it takes to turn the pinion. (while the pinion is
turning, not the initial torque it takes to get it turning). this is the bearing
prelude. (20-25 inch pounds for used bearings, 30-35 inch pounds
for new bearings). install your NEW pinion nut and torque it. as i
remember, the pinion nut torque when using a spacer sleeve is 150 ft. lb..
NOTE: always recheck the pinion bearing prelude after the new nut is