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Unread 07-28-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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98 Sahara Trac-Loc to Open Carrier Questions

I posted this in the TJ Section aswell, was half asleep and ment to post here.

I just bought a 98 TJ Sahara that has 3.73 Gears and a trac-loc carrier in the rear dana 35 axle.

Well the trac-loc is shot and I installed new carrier bearings, axle seals, and what not last night. I was going to just reinstall it and dress her back up until I can afford a 8.8 swap. Well after installing the new bearings the damn carrier did not want to go back in, so after some light tapping with a sand filled plastic hammer the left shim snapped in half.

After 6 Hours of that I called it a night. I have been pondering something and wanted to run my idea by the forum, to get some ideas of what I'm about to get myself into.

Seeing of how I already purchased spartan lockers front and rear and was tackling the install on the rear end when I found out that I had the dreaded trac-loc, I am not thinking how can I salvage my purchase of the d35 spartan and still use it.

So my plan is to go to the local junkyard and pull a 3.73 open carrier with ring gear and shims out of a jeep a "slap" it into my rear end. With that being said what will I have to do? Is it as simple as that or will I have to adjust backlash and what not if I grab the ring gear with the "new" open carrier?

I have not tackled setting up gears, and dont want to at this point in time. Being a police officer here in Texas I dont have much time off and when I do, I need to make sure that it will be up and running that same day.

Please school me on what I need to be prepared for here. On a side note do I need to grab the bearing caps off the junkyard axle or can I use my current caps?

Thanks alot guys, I just dont want to go into this blindly and would love any input.

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