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Got rearend tore apart using richmond ring gear and pioion what steps do i need to take to reinstall

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Though it would seem like a great learning experience, you would need an inch pound torque wrench, a good dial indicator and a press to put on and remove (multiple times) the pinion bearing while setting pinion depth. The one thing that is very important that you cannot buy is experience in "reading" a gear pattern. That in itself is a learned "art form". Getting it wrong will cost you a gear set rather quickly. If you insist on going ahead with that, I believe that Richmond has an online instruction. Bottom line is that doing it yourself may appear to save you $ but in the end can double the price! (once when you do it and again when you have someone else do it over) The best people to do that work are generally found in well established speed shops, not in a local garage that "thinks" they know how.

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Your biggest interests are the dial indicator set up of the ring and pinion gears (and a foot print using grease on the gears to see the proper gear mesh) they must be right or the rear can whine/lockup/prematurely wear out... get a manual on this ...may be free at the libraries tech manuals...also when you are putting in the new crush collar be sure to have the vehicle jacked up high enough to put a big leveraged pipe handle on the foot pounds torque wrench....very critical ....consult the rear distributor on the specs for this beauty!!

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