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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Random postings

    Spent the morning crawling around under an Explorer at the Pull a part. Got rear end V2.0.



    It's a 3.73 LSD. Thrust faces and fluid looked great. The brakes were even in good shape. I feel really good about this one. I learned my lesson last time. Inspect before you buy!

    Can't decide if I want to:

    A) Pay a "professional" to shorten it (≈$70)
    B) Do it myself "sloppy style" (≈$10 / the cost of the angle iron)
    C) Do it myself with fixture (≈120 / the cost of the fixture)

    Many pro's and con's to each...

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    when did the rear go bad? or your not liking the gears its got?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottydoggs View Post
    when did the rear go bad?
    Ha! Kind of on day one. The rear that's in it now has gacked gears. Bought it that way. Probably got run dry and galled the drive faces. I didn't notice till the return period had expired. I had too much invested in it at that point to not use it, so I just ran it, knowing it would only be temporary. Like I say... Lesson learned.

    or your not liking the gears its got?
    That too. 4.10 is too short for a small tire light truck. City driving is fine, but highway speeds - that thing is really singing. 3.73 will be better overall for what I'm doing. A 3.55 LSD is what I really want, but that's kind of a unicorn. Also, I screwed up the pinion angle when I welded the spring perches on. I'll get a chance to fix that now, and ditch the angle shims. Got some 1" drop blocks to put in too.

    Oh, and why am I replacing the whole rear and not just the gears, you ask... It's cheaper to do it this way. Even with the added cost of shortening. Guy quoted me around $400 to do a ratio change. Nope.

    I'm hoping I can recoup some of the cost by selling the axles (got two shorties in there right now ), possibly the brake stuff, and the old rear. Even with bad gears, a shortened 8.8 should be worth a fair amount of money.

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    I'd say go with the "professional", because you can blame them if it doesn't work, and it's almost half the cost of doing it yourself with the fixture.

    Plus that "professional" will probably know someone looking for a shortened 8.8

    Handling upgrades, go-slow parts, and an attitude.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Well I got all the preliminary work done. Everything is cleaned up and I put a single coat of satin Krylon on the brackets, dust shield and calipers. It will be painted as an assembly for the second coat.








    Next step is to chop off the spring perches and sway bar mounts.

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    damn them parts look new.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Rear end stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by Scottydoggs View Post
    damn them parts look new.
    Maybe not new, but pretty close. The pads had a lot of meat on them, the rotors barely had a step, and the axle seals were not original. This thing definitely had a brake job/service in the not too distant past.

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    Default Re: Project LQ4 - V8 S10 - Power steering issues getting fixed...

    Oh I thought this was about the other kind of rearend stuff lol. Hey Brandon, glad you found the stuff to make an axle you can lean on, hard. Nice that your practice axle isn't junk. Bonus!

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