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Old February 15th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by FrankNBrew View Post
I've been shopping for gears lately, and I have a couple questions.

1. Why are there thick and regularn ring gears for Dana 44s? What applications would require a thick gear?
Rubicon's use the thick ring gear with there lockers, You could also use thick ring gears if you did not want to change your carriers out. Say you had a detroit or something expensive already installed.

Originally Posted by FrankNBrew View Post
2. Is a master install kit necessary for regearing? My TJ has only 17,000 miles on it. I doubt the bearings are worn out.
The bearings are probably fine, but you could very easily damage them while swaping them on and off. Also, if you don't have shim's laying around, you would need the shim packs that come with the install kits. You will need a new pinion seal regardless.

Originally Posted by FrankNBrew View Post
3. Where can I find detailed instructions for regearing a D30 and a D44?
I am not sure off hand on this, I imagine someone has documented there installs. You are pretty capable of tear axles apart, so you really just need to learn how to check patterns and get measurements. Sodapop has a nice post in the jeep section about his gear install.
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