- Mar 5, 2004
I have a open with 2.73s. can i install a posi setup with this? thanx,kirk
how do i know what rear i have in the car?big gear head said:I'm assuming that you have a 8.5 10 bolt rear end. If you have something else then some of this will not be correct. Remove the cross shaft and c clips and remove the axles. Before you remove anything else from inside the housing you must use a dial indicator to check the backlash on the ring gear. If you don't know what the backlash is then you will not know what to set it to when you install the posi. To check the backlash you must wrap something around the yoke and housing to hold the pinion perfectly still. If it moves ANY you will get an inaccurate reading. Set the indicator up so that it measures rotation of the ring gear. What you will be measuring is the space between the ring gear teeth and the pinion teeth. This is the backlash. This should be around .010 to .012 inch if the gears are pretty good. Now that you know what the backlash is you can mark the bearing caps and remove them. You must mark them so that you know how thay came off and you can put them back exactly the way they were. Now pull the differential out of the housing. There is no reason to mark the bearing races and shims because you shouldn't be using them again anyway. Remove the ring gear from the differential and install it on the new posi. Remember that these bolts have left hand threads. Torque the ring gear bolts to 65 foot pounds and use some Lock Tight on the threads. You should have new Timken bearings installed on the posi. Be sure that the bearings are seated completely against the case. You will need a good shim set to get the backlash set correctly. Install the posi with the bearing races and slip about .225 shim into the left side. Be sure that this doesn't jam the ring gear into the pinion. Now start adding shim to the right side until it is tight. When you get the shims tight install the bearing caps and check the backlash. There is no need to torque the cap bolts at this time, just get them snug. Make adjustments to the shims until the backlash is correct. When you have the backlash correct then you should add about .003 to .005 to each side until the shims are very tight and the differential can not be pulled out by hand. Check the backlash again to be sure it didn't change. Now torque the cap bolts to 60 foot pounds and finish assembling the rear end. If you use a 80W90 mineral based oil you will need to use a bottle of GM additive 1052358 in the oil. I prefer Amsoil 75W90 Series 2000 synthetic oil. This oil doesn't need any additive.
Checking the backlash with a dial indicator.
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If your car is stock you have the corporate 8.5" 10 bolt.red78z said:how do i know what rear i have in the car?
kirks74 said:I have a open with 2.73s. can i install a posi setup with this? thanx,kirk