BGH:Yes will do, was thinking of just using a punch and putting a dot on the right cap and then beside it on the case.
Fbird: I started off looking at the individual timken bearings and races from summit but couldn't find a kit with shims so I went with this kit from yukon:
Apparently it has the larger ID bearings for the bigger carrier, hopefully its the right one. In a perfect world I will just be reusing the existing shims IF its set up correctly right now.
I was thinking of checking the teeth meshing as well before taking it apart just to see what the current pattern looks like. Its possible its totally out of whack, I've only driven the car off the trailer into the shop so far so no idea if it makes noise. I'm also concerned the ring and pinion are worn and need to be changed as well. I should be able to get a good look at them once I take the carrier out.
Sound good so far?