Join Date: Jun 2005
Just installing a carrier is not too hard. The most time consuming process in my experience with gear installs is setting the pinion depth then muscling a big breaker bar crushing the crush sleeve to set the preload. With just a carrier swap the pinion depth does not need to be changed. You will just need to get new bearings pressed onto the carrier. Before I bought my press I had good luck wrapping the bearings in foil and throwing them on my grill for a few minutes then dropping them on. You will probably need a shim pack which costs about $30 and a dial indicator. But, setting the backlash on an 8.8 is easy because the shims are outboard. Just make sure you drive them in straight or you may damage them. Folks seem to think setting up gears is some sort of black magic. It really is not that hard. You just need a few extra tools and lots of patience. It might take you several attempts to get the proper shims. However, after you do it a few times you get a feel about how much you need to change the shims to achieve the proper backlash.
1990 Jeep YJ 4.2
Howell EFI, BDS 3.5" lift, M.O.R.E 5/8" Boomerang shackles, 1" Daystar BL, 1" JKS MML, TFI, Crager soft 8s w 35" Dunlop Mud Rovers, Ford 8.8, 4.88s, Dana 30 E-Locker, Terra Flex SYE, Tom Woods CV shaft, Warn M8000.