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Old 03-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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rear diff yoke help...please

Long story short my rear drive shaft twisted off at the u-joint and destroyed my yoke along with the straps. I want to get a new one and replace it but ive heard i could mess up my bearing pre load if its not tightened perfectly. Any help would be great. Thanks!

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I used to think that too until Tom Wood set me straight on that 12-13 years ago. Just tighten the pinion nut to 165-185 ft-lbs. after installing the new yoke & you'll be fine. I've replaced that nut on many different D44, D35, and D30 axles by tightening it to that spec and no problems.

Remember to put a little blue Locktite on the pinion nut threads.

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Awesome thanks. I was a bit worried because i got this dude where i work telling about the bearing pre load and how it can get screwed up. Thanks again
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I have another quick question what type of gear oil do i use for my diff? I have a d35
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So long as the gear lube is rated GL-5, our axles are not real fussy about the exact viscosity. 70W-80, 80W-90, 75W-90 etc. is fine for the majority of us. Go with a heavier viscosity like 80W-120 or so if you tow a trailer.

If your Dana 35 has a Tracloc LSD, just make sure the back of the gear lube label says something like "Compatible with limited slip differentials" which means it has the friction modifier additive that the Traclock requires. Probably well over 90% of the gear lubes have the additive so if you need it, it won't be hard to find a suitable gear lube.
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Thanks man youve been a big help
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I used to think that too until Tom Wood set me straight on that 12-13 years ago. Just tighten the pinion nut to 165-185 ft-lbs. after installing the new yoke & you'll be fine. I've replaced that nut on many different D44, D35, and D30 axles by tightening it to that spec and no problems.

Remember to put a little blue Locktite on the pinion nut threads.
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