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post #1 of 12 Old 10-05-2021, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Vari-Lok - Has anything changed?

I've looked around here and Googled trying to find out if spider gears are available for D30 or 44 differentials yet. I see mostly old posts and haven't found any available spider gears that say they're for the Vari-Lok.
After I put a taller lift and slightly larger tires on my '02 Overland, every once in a while I would hear what felt and sounded like a tire rub from somewhere to my right when I was turning. I didn't see any marks, but I cut the bumper a little because I could see it was going to rub while flexing. Same sound kept happening, but getting worse over time. I also had a low pitched hum at speed. I changed the wheel bearings. They were bad and it does drive better, but still made the humming noise, as well as the noise when turning. So, I changed the passenger side axle shaft. That didn't help.
Of course, the thing has 180k on it and the diff was in my mind the whole time, but I wanted to try the easier stuff first.
Last week, I heard and felt what I would have guessed was a CV joint. The familiar rubbing sound mixed with a popping sound. Time to park it.
I had hoped it was a mixture of what people call chatter out of the diff and maybe the left CV had gone bad. No such luck. I pulled the diff cover and found the spider gears are visibly loose on the center pin.
So... The limited slip works fine. I need bearings, spider gears and a center pin. I can change all that if anyone will sell me spider gears. Bearings are no problem to find at all. Will anybody sell me spider gears?


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They have open diff and Trac Loc spider gears, but no Vari Lok.
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Everybody is out of stock. Vipers and older Vettes also used pretty much the same center section, could not find anything for them either, Viper uses the Hydralok as well though the ring gear bolts are 7/16" vs 3/8" for ours except the early ones which are also 3/8", those are unavailable as well.
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pull it all out and put an ARB in there.

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pull it all out and put an ARB in there.
Even the axle shafts for that are hard to find, and they have to be changed going from Vari Lok to ARB.

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Even the axle shafts for that are hard to find, and they have to be changed going from Vari Lok to ARB.
They aren't hard to find at all. Rockauto has them, Autozone, Advance, Napa.....
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It certainly seems they have them now, last year was different, could not find them anywhere. I do see they have both versions, stripped and dressed. Thanks for the heads up, I am buying a set now.
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And Hank Reardon hung in there as long as he could with a corrupt government and populace intent upon stealing his labor and inventions. John convinced him to let it all go and see how they manage in their own without personal responsibility and work ethic. Reminds me MUCH of today and supply lines having trouble and people who want to mooch off the work of others. Seems Ayn Ryan was quite prescient.

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