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Old August 26th, 2007, 11:08 AM   #1
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can you weld your spider gears while still in the housing or do you need to remove the carrier to do this? its a dana 44 on a cj7 if anyone has pics or suggestions that would be a great help.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 11:23 AM   #2
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You can weld them in the housing but it is not very easy & it is real hard to clean before and after welding. I would take the carrier out & be careful not to get it to hot.
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You can do it both ways, we always use about a can of brake cleaner to make sure all the oil is off of the gears....some compressed air to dry the brake cleaner...then get er done with 6011 and then cap it with 7018. Melt the gears into the side of the case and don't be afraid to lay it on thick. Haven't broke one yet. If you want you can take out the diff and heat it up with a torch and then weld it, but make sure you do something about the carrier bearings, they will get hella hot and might get some splatter in em..

When I do them inside the housing, we always chip off as much slag as possible, run it for 1hr or so, change the fluid and then its good to go.
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Melt the gears into the side of the case and don't be afraid to lay it on thick.
Only do this if you never want to use the carrier for anything else.


I just weld the gears together. 8 welds and you're done, and it is completely reversible.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #6
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it has 2.72's so when i go to my 4.10's or higher im going to need a new carrier any ways, my only concern was if it breaks when im driving how much ill destroy. I saw some pictures where they welded a plate i the middle of all 4 spiders
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if your going to remove the carier to weld it, tack all gears together while still in the housing first so they dont draw while wile welding and make it hard to impossible to get the shafts back in
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I welded mine in case... really quick job. I did run it a couple days and drained the fluid. Lasted 7 months then cracked, drove it another month with out a single problem. Just pulled it out this weekend to put some new gears in. Much better weld job this time round.

On my toyota i added a piece of steal to each side, that never failed me
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Only do this if you never want to use the carrier for anything else.


I just weld the gears together. 8 welds and you're done, and it is completely reversible.
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I didn't mind sacrificing a carrier for mine though, stupid 3.92 and down carrier
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