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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2020, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ring Gear Install

I am swapping gears from 3.73 to 4.88 in a 15 JK (non-rubicon). The gear manufacturer indicated 55 ft-lb for Dana 44 on their website docs. I attached the ring gear to the carrier at 55 ft-lb. the carrier has not yet been in the housing. Someone said that 55 sounded wrong and told me that it should be 80. I called the gear manufacturer and they said 80 (I asked them to fix there docs). I pulled the bolts, removed the gear and cleaned the bolts and gear of Loctite. I was going to reattach the ring gear and torque to 80 but I have seen lots of warnings that said “don’t reuse” ring gear bolts. The bolts look fine, the were never torqued past 55 and they have not bin in the housing. Do I still need to buy new ring gear bolts?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-04-2020, 05:36 AM
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I've done many R&P's over the years and have never had an issue with reusing any ring gear bolt that don't have visual signs of damage.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-04-2020, 06:37 AM
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I agree with Scott, use the ones you have.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-09-2020, 02:56 AM
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Older 44's used 3/8 x 24 ring gear bolts and those were specd 45-65 ft. lbs.
Newer D44' use 7/16 x 20 bolts and those have a higher torque spec.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-06-2020, 02:00 AM
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If they are brand new bolts you will be fine to reuse them. When you don't reuse bolts is because there is obvious signs of damage. Second reason not to reuse them is because they are one time use bolts. Third is because once they are installed for a while they go through heat cycles they will become weaker but in the rear end if its getting that hot you got bigger problems.
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