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Unread 04-01-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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ZJ Dana 44 shot

I just purchased a 98 ZJ Laredo V-8. The rear end was making noise so I opened it up and it was spitting out chunks of clutch pack. I purchased a new center section and am going to install it.

It is a 3.73 Trac Loc. What is the secret to installing it and setting it up? I have heard much talk around town about how this is not a job for an amateur, but I would like some other opinions from here.

Thanks for you help.

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Unread 04-01-2008, 10:22 PM   #2
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first off, that's bs, if you don't learn now, when will you learn right? there's nothing fun about paying someone else to do to your jeep what you could do yourself
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Unread 04-01-2008, 10:24 PM   #3
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I agree jdubbs, that's why I'm asking around here. So what are the closely held secrets to this task?

Thanks
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make shure you get the gear back lash tool, cuse if this is done wrong you will drive down the street and your gears will prety much blow up.
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Unread 04-01-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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first off, that's bs, if you don't learn now, when will you learn right? there's nothing fun about paying someone else to do to your jeep what you could do yourself

well then enlighten us with your wisdom differential master.
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Unread 04-01-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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ok... im all for doing things yourself

i installed 2 different lifts on my jeep myself (2.25BB and UC springs...then later on a 4.5" RE )
i (not entirely myself, ok Jim and Josh did most of it...lol ) installed my TC and swapped the input shafts
anything else that needs done to the Jeep i do myself

but gears is something i will never touch.... i leave that to the professionals
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So you bought a whole new trac-lok? You didn't have to. All's you needed was a new cluch pack. Only about a $100 & you don't have to worry about setting anything up like gear pattern or back lash & stuff like that. The carrier still has to come out to change the cluch pack. You just throw it back in after changing the cluch pack & bolt everything back up.

If a shop does it it's a whole lot cheaper!
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ok... im all for doing things yourself

i installed 2 different lifts on my jeep myself (2.25BB and UC springs...then later on a 4.5" RE )
i (not entirely myself, ok Jim and Josh did most of it...lol ) installed my TC and swapped the input shafts
anything else that needs done to the Jeep i do myself

but gears is something i will never touch.... i leave that to the professionals
well if that's the case, which sounds logical enough, i semi revoke my statement
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So you bought a whole new trac-lok? You didn't have to. All's you needed was a new cluch pack. Only about a $100 & you don't have to worry about setting anything up like gear pattern or back lash & stuff like that. The carrier still has to come out to change the cluch pack. You just throw it back in after changing the cluch pack & bolt everything back up.

If a shop does it it's a whole lot cheaper!
the clutch packs are $43 from kolak
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well then enlighten us with your wisdom differential master.


Even my bud who has done diffs before and was a mechanic in his younger day is paying to have his done on his Olds 442. He found a guy who is reasonable and does good work. It's a big bear of a job and he'd rather spend the time with his kids.
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Yeah gears/diff work are one thing where you really have to know what you're doing....one mistake and all the money you spent on the new parts is out the window and you gotta do it again-gears and diff work aren't nearly as forgiving as most of the other stuff you can do yourself.
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