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Old March 18th, 2013, 02:26 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by Tab View Post
I've set up about five or six 14bolts, they are by far the easiest axle to set up. Or at least should be. The biggest issue is crushing the crush sleeve. Usually the pinion only needs a few shims, on mine the perfect set up was with no shims. With that said, your pattern is fucked, even for used gears.
When its together can you see the mesh between them at all? It looks to be barely touching.
If its meshing and you just can't get the paint to reflect that, run it.
If its not then get a new set or another used set. It looks like you have the wrong pinion or something and no amount of shims or work is going to get it right.

I'm going to try it with no shims, and look how they mesh. Its possible the pinion is wrong, but most likely the ring gear got f'd up when it was machined down.
If i don't get a good pattern i'm going to just have to chance it and run it.
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