here's the thing. I checked, best I could, and the pinion looks untouched. what it looks like to me, is that the installer put this thing in misaligned drove it, busted it, repaired what he had to and put the beaten and broken locker back in. I could be horribly wrong, but there were no metal chips or chunks in the case, makes me believe that the diff housing wad removed, housing cleaned and relubed. any advice on a rebuild of the locker, replacing the entire axle, or reinstalling a normal gear system? I'm thinking about just getting a used axle to install, but what type? suggestions?
Yeap, that's what I think. The PO installed it, shattered it, then fixed the broken stuff less the jacked arb. I'm not to worried about the gouges but that big chuck in the bottom of the unit looks bad. Bad bad. The whole thing needs going through as stated above.
The ring and pinion are in top shape but the locker housing is cracked. The gears and pin in the locker look great. So, I had a "great" idea!!! Dont have much cash, so....get a new carrier, reuse the gears and pin from the locker, get a minor diff install kit, put it all in and live happily ever after. Any advice on if this is a good idea?
I have been around when folks have done it, still learning. Fortunatly I have a couple of buddies who have successfully set up gears and have the knowledge. They will be back in town to help me out this week. Does my solution to use the arb's gears and pin and get a new housing seem feasible?
Anti, you have been a huge help!!! Thanks alot for the guidance. I am looking into getting into a new axle once I save up my pennies. I hate to keep asking questions, but when I see something like "3.54 and Numerically Higher Gear Ratio" when looking for carriers does this mean that I would be able to use the product with 4.56 gearing?
Just an update. The ARB was replaced with a Detroit TruTrac. The shim work was done by me and my buddy Nate. As I suspected the PO remounted the ring and pinion with new parts before he sold it to me. The ARB was trashed and scrapped. Axel housing was in great shape, shafts were good, c clips were undamaged. I am now plugging the housing where all of the old locker hoses and piping used to run and I am capping off the compressed air tree for the rear locker feed. My wheels are now unlocked and she is driving great. Thanks to all of you who gave me advice and guidance.
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Glad to hear your issue was resolve and even happier you didnt try replacing the ARB case. The truetrac will be a lot easier on that dana 35 than the ARB. I also have a dana 35 ARB I got girt cheap. Great internals, case is shot. I think its about $400 to replace both halves of the case so Im glad you went with the TrueTrac.