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Old 10-04-2016, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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gear change--axle in, or axle out?

i am going to change the R&P in my f-sd (dana 80) from 4.63 to 4.10. i have never done this before. should i make my life easier and take the axle out of the truck and put it on stand in front of me? if it makes it that much easier to work on, ill buy new ubolts. or fuck around with it under the truck trying 100 different shim options?

im a fairly competant mechanic, employed as "head fleet mechanic" for a private fleet of delivery trucks--just never done this, and i know it has to be done exactly right. i have micrometers, torque wrenches etc
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For me unless its a 14 bolt or similar with adjustment collars I wouldn't do it on the ground. Either up on a lift or pull axle and put on stands.
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If you've never done one, I would pull it and do it in stands.
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Pull it, it will come in and out three or four times and weighs too much to do it under the truck without phucking up your arms,shoulders and back ....been there and done that....$.02
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You can pull it out before you start or after you start. Either way you're gonna pull it out
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if you're working on a lift, in the truck is fine. If it doesn't have a rear fuel tank, anyway. I don't love working on the 11.5 in my tow rig in the truck since the fuel tank is very in the way, but I don't hate it enough to think about pulling the axle either.
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I can't believe the consensus is pull it. I've done this quite a few times and I wouldn't consider pulling it unless I had another reason also. All of my changes have been in lifted trucks, so there was no interference with tank/frame. I feel that it might be better in the truck unless your stands/bench can hold it real solid.
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