Newfie, to be honest, after reading probably 100+ posts, mostly on this forum, about the process, I was so scared that it would be nearly impossible to do as a diy project. If I thought it would have come out nearly as nice, I would have invested the extra money to have a torque wrench so I could have gotten an accurate measurement on the pre-load.
If/when I do it again, knowing what I know now, I would certainly get a torque wrench. The whole process seemed a little overwhelming at first, but now that I have done it, I have a much better grasp/understanding of the "big picture", and next time I can focus much more on the precise specs.
Initially, the terms "backlash" "preload" etc, were a completely foreign language, but experiencing them all hands on was more informative to me than reading 1,000 articles.
The jeep was no longer safe to be on the road at the stage it was at, so I was in some part, just using it as a fun experience. It was worth the risk and the experience for $85.
I do not need absolute perfection to be satisfied, and like I say, if I only get a few months out of it, then to me, it was well worth it!