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Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by country, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. country

    country Newbie

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    is it possibe to instal gears yourself if you have the tool to measure the gaps with or do i need a case spreader as well?
     
  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    we have done our own gears here. The only thing we dont have is the pinion depth checker.... So far so good, just mae sure your wear pattern looks good.

    Mike

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  3. txbartman

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    I did my own gears. Needed a dial caliper and a backlash indicator. With those tools and checking of the pattern, everything has been fine. Hardest part I found isn't setting up the gears but is crushing the sleeve.

    Brian
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  4. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

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    Please fill out your profile so we can tell what type of K5 you are working on.
    I did my own gear swap for the first time last summer and so far so good. No I didn't need a spreader but I did buy a shop press and a few other tools. I took my time and had the job done in 3 weeks, working on it mostly on the weekends and some week nights in my driveway.

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  5. jbissette

    jbissette 1/2 ton status

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    I have helped with gears in a 1980 chevy 1/2 ton with a 10 bolt front end and 12 bolt rear. Also in a 1988 chevy 1/2 10 bolt rear. It wasn't too bad.

    88 Chevy K1500, 350 TBI, TH700R4, 3" body lift, 33x12.50x15 Tires
     
  6. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Brian, did you try to precrush the sleeve or did you do it all while in the housing?

    See my rig at <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/Leadfoot> click here </a>
     
  7. txbartman

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    All in the housing. I don't have a press, so I had a shop press on my bearings and such. They wouldn't pre-crush the sleeve for me. I also don't have an impact wrench!

    I had to put everything together, drop the wheels on the ground, put a cheater bar under the ear of the yoke (to keep it from turning), and use 4 feet of cheater to crank on the damn thing. Still tended to wrap the axle and lift the rear of the truck as I would crank on it (didn't have to go to the gym for a few days). Was a real PIA!

    Brian
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  8. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I here ya! Makes you appreciate air tools when you have them. Well at least you can say you "did it the hard way". I did one a few years back and had to have a buddy help. I had a 2.5 foot cheater but my 180 lbs couldn't get it start, so I had a buddy help (thank God for friends). They work cheap too, just a 30 pack or two of beer [​IMG].

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