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Is axle gear setup hard to learn?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by bigk, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. bigk

    bigk 1/2 ton status

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    Are there any books or videos that specialize in showing how to set up gears and rebuild axles. I'd really like to do it myself, I need more knowledge in this area so I don't have to depend on others so much. It's not a daily driver so time isn't an issue, I can afford to screw it up and do it again if need be.

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  2. CaptCrunch

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    Setting up rears is kinda PIA. You need the tools, time and know how. A book from a local bookstore or online would be your best bet. If you are mechanically inclined and can rebuild a motor or do an axle swap and lift kit you can probably do gears w/ some patsience (sp?) and information.

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    Richmond gear sales a video. I was never able to find it. One company said it was back ordered and would be a few more weeks. I can't remember what company that was. I paid a friend of a friend to help me out on my first gears. I still don't know enough on it to atempt it on my own..........Dan

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    See if a CK5 member lives sorta close to you who knows gears and axles fairly well and ask them to help you. I'm sure someone would do that because it's just how this group works. That way you learn how to do it right and have someone there to walk you through the process... [​IMG]

    C'mon captain break pedal... quit looking for the parade and drive!! [​IMG]
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  5. Cavalry

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    Randys Ring and pinion has a pretty good info brochure check out their site. You are going to need some specilized tools (indicator w/base, good inch and foot torque wrench, bearing press, marking cmpd, etc) If you are lacking all or most of these tools and only expect to do one or 2 gearsets in your time you might want to have someone else do it. Setting up gears can be very time consuming to get the correct pattern. I fought a 8.8" a few years ago for an entire day. There is no "Its close enough put the cover on"
    If you are patient and have the tools I would say give it a try.

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    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.ring-pinion.com/index.html>http://www.ring-pinion.com/index.html</a>

    "There is a fine line between hobby and mental illness"
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  7. I Private Meesaged you (PM). I'll walk you thru it depending on what the unit is. We need more info.[​IMG]

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  8. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Randy's Ring and Pinion also has lifetime no questions asked gearsets, so if you screw it up, they buy.

    I would LOVE to learn how to do it, and I will learn one day. I know someone that could teach me, I've just got to give him some cash to change my gears first.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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