Axle end play solutions

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  1. AlbertaZ28

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    Looking for thoughts on reducing my axle end play for disc brakes. I realize the best way is to replace and shim my clutch pack, but I don’t want to put the money into this diff and they are hard to find for the stock LSD. It’s a stock 8.5” 10 Bolt with the stock limited slip differential. I might look at upgrading down the road.

    I am thinking about either shimming behind the C-Clip or making my own thicker c-clip. Right now I have .031” end play on the drivers side. I would like to get it down to between .005” to .010”. I have shims on order and think that might be the best way.
     
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    That's what I'd try, that's the trouble with this style of diff, great with drum brakes but disks are a whole 'nother topic, I guess this is why the 9 inch is so popular, you could mod what you have but I think you'll find out that it's not cost effective, to bad really because the 8.5" is a good strong diff but with sloppy axles disk brakes back there takes on a whole new meaning.
     
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    C-Clip made and installed. Was able to get the end play down to .012" on both sides. I think I will take it.
     
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    Yes. I wish I had seen this thread earlier. I went to that shop and bought some of the thicker c-clips. The owner is super nice. He offered to let me take a bunch home and try them until I found the right ones and just bring back the ones I didn't need and pay after the fact.
     
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    I believe Randys also has thicker c-clips available
     
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    Thanks. I will check them out.
     
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    I did a bit more adjusting and got both sides to 0.007” end play with my custom made C-Clips. I think that’s the better way to go rather than trying the shims. Thanks for the suggestions.
     

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