I've set up about 5 axles, a mix of Ford 9" and D44 and have the equipment,
experience, and success rate ;^)
The issue is I always have done a complete gear swap. I only plan to replace
the bearings on my 98 since the R&P look fine and I caught the bearings early
(beginning of some fretting on the carrier and pinion bearings).
Since I am keeping the R&P, is it possible to use the same pinion depth shims
for the new bearings (I'll replace the shims, just use the same pack
thickness)? My reason for asking is that it usually is impossible to remove
the new bearing once installed without destroying it should I need to adjust
the shim pack further. I suppose I can measure the critical dimensions on the
old pinion with the old bearing and make any adjustments for the new bearing
being different, but since the old bearing is worn I might not get a good
Alternatively I could hone the new bearing or pinion so that I get a fit that
is easier to remove but that is a pain...