I have been looking around for junkyard QD axles and finally found one at a reasonable price. Two questions:
I read that with proper maintenance, fluid, etc. that the Vari-Lok differential should last basically forever, assuming normal driving conditions.
Is the FSM testing procedure for Vari-Lok valid if the axle is in a junkyard vehicle, i.e. not able to be "primed"?
Are there any "wear" indicators to look for besides diff. fluid color (assuming it hasn't been drained yet)?
It has 180,000 miles, which is steep, but PO (and OriginalOwner, I think) was an old lady, so while I'm not worried about driving conditions, maintenance is a concern.
-Brian- 2000 WJ Four liter, 4" RC springs; Bilstein 5100s; JKS trackbar w/KOR bushings; Stillen rotors; KOR (RC) 1.5" wheel spacers; 265/75/16 Treadwright Guard Dogs; Rusty AirTube, Amsoil Cone; Thule M.O.A.B.; Bumper delete; rear seat disco