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I know the ring and pinion are different than a standard d44 due to the lockers...but are the install kits different? I am swapping gears soon and a friend of mine has two d44 install kits new that I can have. I was hopeing to be able to use them to save money. I would guess that the shims are the same but are the bearings and seals the same? Pinion nut the same? Any help would be great. Thanks.
 

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I can't recall all the differences. But yes they are different. I think the shims are the main difference though. I can tell you a good place to ask, and even order a set if it turns out you need them is Dave @ Northridge. He won't BS you.
 

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I just finished a gear swap this afternoon. I know that my buddy who has a waggy 44. His bearings had different serial numbers. We had to order a different set of bearings to make the set up bearings. My suggestion would be to get Yukon gears over Superior gears. And get Timken gears. It is not easy to regear a rubicon. I hated every second of it. The bearings did not want to come off of the carrier. Not at all. We got it done though.


To answer your question, The bearings are different.
 

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Wesleypipesyo said:
. It is not easy to regear a rubicon. I hated every second of it. The bearings did not want to come off of the carrier. Not at all.
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I have done several and never found it terribly difficult, however, VERY time consuming.

I have hade mine apart several times for various reasons, and every time I do it it gets easier. Its all about the right tools. and having a few spare shims laying around helps too. :D
 

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SweetPee said:
I can't recall all the differences. But yes they are different. I think the shims are the main difference though. I can tell you a good place to ask, and even order a set if it turns out you need them is Dave @ Northridge. He won't BS you.

Call Dave and save yourself a bunch of worry!
 

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Eric said:
Wesleypipesyo said:
. It is not easy to regear a rubicon. I hated every second of it. The bearings did not want to come off of the carrier. Not at all.
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I have done several and never found it terribly difficult, however, VERY time consuming.

I have hade mine apart several times for various reasons, and every time I do it it gets easier. Its all about the right tools. and having a few spare shims laying around helps too. :D

The first problem was the ring that has the locker air hose attachment. The tabs that hold it in place got in the way of the bearing separater. Then when we did finally bend those bad boys out of the way, we broke two pulley pullers. So we put it in a 20 ton press. That did not budge the bearing at all. In fact it bent the bearing seperater. So we put it in a 150 ton press. No budge. My have a friend with a yukon bearing puller. It worked, but it took an impact gun working at wide open about 3 minutes to force it off. Every single bearing did that. They went on soooo much easier. We had an issue with the rear locker not unlocking. But that was my fault. There were lots of little things that added up to lots of problems. The two people who did most of the work do this a few times a year. I hope to go to an ARB eventually. But I am done, I like my 4.88s and RCVs.
 

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I found that taking my Demel tool with a cutting wheeling first to the roller cage and then to the bearing race worked very well without destroying any tools. Cut the cage off then two cuts into the race followed by a smack with a hammer and chisel. Fell right of in just a few minutes. :)
 
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