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Hi all, been a while since ive been on as I've been flat out at work....
Just got a new (remanufactured ) 8" diff centre from the US and was going to swap it out with my existing one. It came with the complete carrier so is it a simple task of removing the axles, swapping the carrier and putting the axles back in? I'm reasonably good mechanically, just need to know if there are any tricks or pitfalls to the swap.
running std drums on the back if that makes a difference.


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Clean out the diff housing thoroughly. Check axle bearings, seals, wheel cylinders, etc. Remove the axles completely from the housing & don't drag them over the axle housing seals. Use a decent brand of oil. While you have the drive shaft off check the joints for wear & possibly replace gearbox rear housing seal (if leaking) ?


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Hmmm so not a half hour job then!


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charlie66 wrote
Hmmm so not a half hour job then!


Its more of a case of... "while it is out i should do" Can of Worms


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As long as it has been set up properly you could just bolt it in.
None of the other stuff mentioned would mean pulling the centre out again later if you didn't do it at the same time. As you pull apart the diff, clean/inspect as you go.

If nothing needs done, it could take an hour to change the centre.


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The guy said it was set up and ready to bolt straight in.... but yeah i get that while its apart, other things should be checked out. The last time it was touched was about 4 years ago when the current centre was re-built and axle bearings etc..changed.


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Make sure you have a few "J D's" to celebrate (after the test drive though)


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charlie66 wrote
The guy said it was set up and ready to bolt straight in.... but yeah i get that while its apart, other things should be checked out. The last time it was touched was about 4 years ago when the current centre was re-built and axle bearings etc..changed.


If the bearings etc were done 4 years ago you shouldnt need to touch them.
Most mustangs that havent been restored are still running the original bits put in over 40 years ago and have diff oil like treacle.


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scedd wrote
charlie66 wrote
The guy said it was set up and ready to bolt straight in.... but yeah i get that while its apart, other things should be checked out. The last time it was touched was about 4 years ago when the current centre was re-built and axle bearings etc..changed.


If the bearings etc were done 4 years ago you shouldnt need to touch them.
Most mustangs that havent been restored are still running the original bits put in over 40 years ago and have diff oil like treacle.


agree and the axle seals would more than likely been done aswell with the bearings. Like


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I'll be celebrating with some 11's infront of my neighbours house... That'll teach her for complaining about my A/C noise..
Should make a big difference from the 2.80 gearing!


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Any suggestions on the type of gear oil? they suggested non synthetic 90w, 80/90w or 90/140w Gear oil.


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If it's an Lsd you want LSD oil.


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Thanks for the Advice, all done, no probs at all, bolted straight in, even the yoke was the same... Did it at a mates workshop as he has a hoist.. he said to take it for a test drive so I promptly layed a burnout in his driveway leaving two long skidmarks. He proceeded to give me the two thumbs up and shout "it works!"


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Thanks for the Advice, all done, no probs at all, bolted straight in, even the yoke was the same... Did it at a mates workshop as he has a hoist.. he said to take it for a test drive so I promptly layed a burnout in his driveway leaving two long skidmarks. He proceeded to give me the two thumbs up and shout "it works!"


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Thanks for the Advice, all done, no probs at all, bolted straight in, even the yoke was the same... Did it at a mates workshop as he has a hoist.. he said to take it for a test drive so I promptly layed a burnout in his driveway leaving two long skidmarks. He proceeded to give me the two thumbs up and shout "it works!"


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