Originally Posted by viperbluelx
I setup my D35 a week or so ago and it went very smoothly. My lock right for the front came in today from Summit so I'm going to put it in tomorrow with my new carrier and 4.10 gear. Should I start off the new setup with the carrier shim pack from the stock carrier to see how close it is? I really don't like the idea of having the shims between the carrier and carrier bearings, it would be so much easier if it had shims between the race and housing like the D35. Oh well, anything I need to know?
D30's gear installs are a breeze compared to D35's.
The odds are you will have to use the new shims for setup, because you will damage the edges of the existing shims just pressing off the bearings. Measure them with a set of calipers and replicate that shim stack for your first setup. If you want to even lighten the carrier preload a tad for ease of carrier removal that also works. Just be sure when you are ready for the final install to add an equal amount of shims per side to tighten the carrier preload. For the final install you should have to tap the carrier in place. It shouldn't just fall in.
....The key is to build setup bearings from the stock bearings. You DO NOT want to press the bearings on and off to make backlash and preload adjustments. You will damage the bearings, and run thru shims like nobodys business. Setup bearings will make this significantly easier. You just slide them on and off.
....you will notice after making the setup bearings how much less clumsy of an install this will become. You do not have to worry about holding the shims while tapping the carrier into place. Hope this helps.