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Old 05-11-2019, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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D44 / 8.8 regear tools

I was wondering if there was anyone out there in the South East VA area who would be interested in doing a tool - share type thing.

I will be regearing a D44 and 8.8 in my TJ.

Mainly I was hoping someone had some setup bearings and case spreader they'd be willing to loan.

If not, but someone out there wants to use mine if I end up buying some we can try and get something going.
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I was wondering if there was anyone out there in the South East VA area who would be interested in doing a tool - share type thing.

I will be regearing a D44 and 8.8 in my TJ.

Mainly I was hoping someone had some setup bearings and case spreader they'd be willing to loan.

If not, but someone out there wants to use mine if I end up buying some we can try and get something going.
I am sure a case spreader would be nice, but I have gotten on just fine with a dead blow and pry bars.

Just take a Dremel with a sanding drum to your old bearings. On the 8.8, the shims go on the outside, so you don't need carrier setup bearings. If you can't get the old bearings off the Dana 44 in one piece, just get the cheapest Chinese specials you can find on eBay or Amazon and take the Dremel to them.
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I am sure a case spreader would be nice, but I have gotten on just fine with a dead blow and pry bars.

Just take a Dremel with a sanding drum to your old bearings. On the 8.8, the shims go on the outside, so you don't need carrier setup bearings. If you can't get the old bearings off the Dana 44 in one piece, just get the cheapest Chinese specials you can find on eBay or Amazon and take the Dremel to them.
Cool, I'll try that method.
I read the bellavista tech article and it said basically just enough preload that you can't get it in without a deadblow hammer.

Will I probably be fine with a HF dial indicator and mag base or will I be better off with something nicer
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Cool, I'll try that method.
I read the bellavista tech article and it said basically just enough preload that you can't get it in without a deadblow hammer.

Will I probably be fine with a HF dial indicator and mag base or will I be better off with something nicer
I've used the cheap mag base and indicator with good success, in a pinch I had to use a cheap digital calliper
The thing you have to be careful is with the crush sleeve on the 8.8, order a couple cuz if you go too far you are fawked!
I have been known to put the ring gear in the grill to warm it up so it drops right on
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Cool, I'll try that method.
I read the bellavista tech article and it said basically just enough preload that you can't get it in without a deadblow hammer.

Will I probably be fine with a HF dial indicator and mag base or will I be better off with something nicer
I have the Harbor Freight dial indicator an magnetic base and it works just fine. I definitely wouldn't bother getting a more expensive one.

As for the carrier preload, you want it really tight to minimize carrier deflection under load, unfortunately there is no way to really measure carrier preload, but I have never heard of anyone getting too much preload without a case spreader. My 8.8 has so much preload you really have to beat the snot out of it to get the carrier in. No issues in tens of thousands of miles.
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I've used the cheap mag base and indicator with good success, in a pinch I had to use a cheap digital calliper
The thing you have to be careful is with the crush sleeve on the 8.8, order a couple cuz if you go too far you are fawked!
I have been known to put the ring gear in the grill to warm it up so it drops right on
would do sleeve eliminator and shims.

fuck those crush sleeves.
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I couldn’t get the carrier out of my GM 10 bolt with prybars. Finally ran a ratchet strap around the carrier and hooked it to the hitch, worked great.
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