Shouldn't be any play side to side. There should be preload, as in you should have to pry the carrier to get it out. I'm not sure how OX specifies setup, but the shims were probably supposed to go between the carrier and bearing.
That was my understanding. It has a ton of side play. Most guys around here don't want to work on an OX locker because they don't see many.
It is always a little tough to tell exactly because the original cause is often hidden by more destruction caused by metal pieces floating around. My guess would be a bad bearing, too. But did the bearing go bad first and then a chipped tooth? Or a tooth chipped and caused the bearing to go bad?
A poor setup usually shows up pretty quickly in either breakage or noise, so I doubt setup was the original cause.
I have not pull caps off to see yet. I will get some pictures when I do. At this point I'm pulling the whole assembly out.
The OX is shimmed the same way the stock carrier is. Where are the shims on a stock D44?
How do the bearings look? There are only a couple of ways the shims could be loose like that, improper set up or bearing failure.
It's been two years and about 12,000 miles, so bearing failure seems like the problem.
Originally Posted by Necromancer_tat
I hope your locker survived? I'm still learning about gear set up and such, but I wonder if the axle housing itself got bent allowing the preload shims to become loose? I'm glad you caught it before a catastrophic failure though! Hopefully your OX locker is still in good functional condition and all you need is another ring and pinion and a rebuild.
I hope so to, just because I'd rather not spend the money. If it is dead, ARB time.
I have been putting off building a 4 link for about a year now. Pulling the housing out now. Going to have it looked at and fixed as needed. Working on all the little crap I have needed to do, cutting the mounts off, and getting it all ready.