Just finished installing a Spartan Locker in the front (D30) of my TJ.
Before I took the bearing caps off to remove the carrier, I never thought to get a feel for how much movement there was in the Ring and Pinion gears.
After finishing installation, I've got the bearing caps torqued down as tight as I feel comfortable, and the locker itself is working as expected, but I am nervous about the amount of backlash I can feel in the gears.
I will go get a feeler gauge tomorrow to check exactly how much there is.
1) I never removed the ring gear, since I have 3.07 gears, it wasn't necessary.
2) I marked the bearing caps when they were still in the axle
3) To back up my feelings that the bearing caps are correctly positioned, there are corresponding marks on the axle housing which match the marks on the bearing caps. The Passenger side is a " < " and points the same way on the axle and the bearing cap. the Driver side is an " ^ " and also points the same way on the axle and the bearing cap. as you can see, there is no way to get this wrong.
4) I am 99.999% sure that the bearing race and the actual bearing are installed in the same place they were before. The bearing body never came off the carrier, and the race was left on that side of the axle. I am only a little
bit uncertain because I was upside down at the time of re-installation, but I cannot believe I would have gotten that wrong.
5) I have never even TOUCHED the inside of an axle before, so what I am feeling as far as backlash may be completely normal, and I am blowing it out of proportion.
Can anybody read this and make some sense of it?
I really don't want to trash my gears/bearings/axle.
Thank you in advance