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June 27, 2017
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richfroh
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I am looking for shop recommendations to look at my front diff. There is an extreme amount of play in the diff as well as a small amount of play in the axle CV joints and axle to hub splines adding up to enough play that I shouldn't be using 4WD until I get it fixed. It's about 45 degrees of driveshaft rotational play. When my rear driveshaft was out for repair, I had to drive it in front wheel drive and it made a severe clunk that you could feel through the truck every time the transmission downshifted or when shifting into forward or reverse. I'm hoping it is simple like a crush sleeve that got crushed more causing gear backlash, and that no further damage is done. Any suggestions on a shop that knows differentials well?

June 28, 2017
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Jeff and I are fans of Sean at River City Differentials in Rancho Cordova.  He's been doing gears for over 20 years.

Address: 11366 Amalgam Way # F, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Um...what?

June 28, 2017
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That sounds to me like some missing ring gear teeth.  Front IFS diffs arent something people typically modify so I would pick a shop with a good reputation who only does diff work and probably not go with a general shop.  The real question is since you are already going to be paying for them to get into your diff, do you take the time to swap gears and a locker or is it time for the solid axle swap?

June 28, 2017
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kris_olof said
That sounds to me like some missing ring gear teeth.  Front IFS diffs arent something people typically modify so I would pick a shop with a good reputation who only does diff work and probably not go with a general shop.  The real question is since you are already going to be paying for them to get into your diff, do you take the time to swap gears and a locker or is it time for the solid axle swap?  

I knew you would comment and say solid axle swap lol. 

 

What about river city differential? Oh I see river city has been mentioned!

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June 29, 2017
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kris_olof said
That sounds to me like some missing ring gear teeth.  Front IFS diffs arent something people typically modify so I would pick a shop with a good reputation who only does diff work and probably not go with a general shop.  The real question is since you are already going to be paying for them to get into your diff, do you take the time to swap gears and a locker or is it time for the solid axle swap?  

It's not missing teeth. It rotates smoothly through a full revolution of the ring gear. It just has excessive free play that causes it to clunk/bang when loading or unloading the gears.

As far as the solid axle swap, not happening (yet). Even though it will be the perfect time to install a locker, I don't think that will be happening either right now. I just bought a new motorcycle and don't have funds for a locker.

My research shows that the Ford 8.8 uses a crush sleeve to set the pinion preload. I'm hoping I loaded the gears and put more crush on the sleeve resulting in excess play,  and resetting it with shims (not a crush sleeve) will be a more permanent fix. I'm also hoping the gears have not been damaged.

June 29, 2017
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sounds like the washers are worn and that's causing a backlash problem that's causing your clunking noise.

June 29, 2017
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richfroh said
I just bought a new motorcycle...

First a truck, then that VW in your garage, then you tell us you restore airplanes, now a motorcycle... with this many hobbies its a wonder you ever get time on the trail! 

June 29, 2017
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kris_olof said

richfroh said
I just bought a new motorcycle...

First a truck, then that VW in your garage, then you tell us you restore airplanes, now a motorcycle... with this many hobbies its a wonder you ever get time on the trail!   

Ha!

June 29, 2017
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kris_olof said

richfroh said
I just bought a new motorcycle...

First a truck, then that VW in your garage, then you tell us you restore airplanes, now a motorcycle... with this many hobbies its a wonder you ever get time on the trail!   

I admit I have a lot of hobbies (no I am not giving any of them up) but the new motorcycle is to replace my old one that I pretty much wore out. I put 129,000 miles on it and it is tired. You forgot the project sailboat, the radio control airplanes and the airplane I am building at home.

June 30, 2017
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Rich!  I am not sure why you say you have a clunk in your truck! I have been at my house this entire time. I have not been in your pick up! LOL 

June 30, 2017
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richfroh said

I admit I have a lot of hobbies (no I am not giving any of them up) but the new motorcycle is to replace my old one that I pretty much wore out. I put 129,000 miles on it and it is tired. You forgot the project sailboat, the radio control airplanes and the airplane I am building at home.  

Sounds like a good life to me!

Good luck with the Ford Repair. 

Maybe the next hobby will be a Jeep! clap

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June 30, 2017
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Josh said  

Maybe the next hobby will be a Jeep! clap  

Fingers crossed devil

I used to wheel a lot. . .

July 3, 2017
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Don't listen to the haters Rich, keep driving the Ford!  I love seeing you take on obstacles other rigs half your size bypass.

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July 3, 2017
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Gregulator said
Don't listen to the haters.  

We don't hate full sized rigs, we just LOVE Jeeps love

I used to wheel a lot. . .

July 3, 2017
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Gregulator said
Don't listen to the haters Rich, keep driving the Ford!  I love seeing you take on obstacles other rigs half your size bypass.  

Don't worry, the Ford is not going anywhere! If I were to get a different wheeling rig (which I am not) it would need to be something more uncommon than the Jeep. I've always liked the early Bronco, or even the Scout. The early FJ40 would work. How about a 1948 Dodge Power Wagon on 40's? I was thinking about putting a Ford Ranger body on a F350 shortened chassis. An old Jeep Gladiator pickup would be cool. Ok, I'll just keep my F150 and upgrade it over time.

July 5, 2017
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richfroh said 

Don't worry, the Ford is not going anywhere! If I were to get a different wheeling rig (which I am not) it would need to be something more uncommon than the Jeep. I've always liked the early Bronco, or even the Scout. The early FJ40 would work. How about a 1948 Dodge Power Wagon on 40's? I was thinking about putting a Ford Ranger body on a F350 shortened chassis. An old Jeep Gladiator pickup would be cool. Ok, I'll just keep my F150 and upgrade it over time.  

All those sound like a good idea but till then have fun with what you have. It's always easier to modify what you have then to buy a new rig and then modify that

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