Hey there all, this is my first real forum experience so if my etiquette isn't 100% please feel free to politely let me know.
So anyways, I have an 04 TJ Rubicon that I did axle seals on this weekend. (Dana 44/216 FBI with Tru-Lock). While I had the differential assembly on the bench I noticed the cross shaft or center pin retaining pin is loose and slides freely inside the diff case and the cross shaft. Because of the diff cases contour the pin cannot completely slide out (if it could, i probably would have learned it was loose the hard way......kaboom!!!). Jeep only sells the entire diff case assembly(locker, spider gears, cross shaft, ect.) for a measly $1800.00. At $1800.00 my logic says 'make it work'. So I was wondering if anyone else has run across this and come up with a creative fix or even knows how the retaining pin is removed. In the pictures you can see the end of the cross shaft or center pin between the ring gear teeth. Gravity alone is enough to allow the retaining pin to slide. In the second pic I'm holding the retaining pin up in it's correct position. Thanks for any help you can offer.