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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-01-2012 02:12 PM
Originally Posted by schnutzy View Post
awesome write up.
and that locker looks smexy
I busted a rear 4340 full float shaft with the rear Zip Locker. Put a spare in and continued on my weekend. Good locker, so I opted to get rid of the Detroit up front. Since I have hubs and part time 4wd, I opted for the 'default to lock competition only' version.
08-01-2012 01:12 PM
schnutzy awesome write up.
and that locker looks smexy
08-01-2012 11:02 AM
waynehartwig 33-
Now that the seal is in, I’ll tighten everything up one last time with the standard nut. Then I take that nut off, clean the pinion threads, use some red loctite and put the new pinion nut in place.

Time to put the carrier back in for the last time. Here’s where you set your carrier preload. For me, carrier preload is very important and I’ll use a lot – especially with a spool or locker setup. It’s also time to run the seal housing tube through the bulkhead fitting. There are a lot of ways to do this. Whichever way you choose, make sure the copper tubing does not come into contact with any part of the differential, housing, or diff cover. If it does, it can vibrate and rub a hole through it, causing an air leak. Personally, I like to run mine up through the top, which rarely needs a modified carrier cap, and also will never interfere with any of the diff covers on the market.

And sealed up, with oil in it.

There it is! All done and ready to test. My overall impression of the Yukon Zip Locker is very good. They appear to be built right, with a lot of thought in the design and with the quality parts that make up the locker, it should work great for many years to come! They also have the best warranty in the business, should you get a chance in a lifetime, dud! For one year from date of purchase, Yukon will cover up to $2,000 of repairs should one of these Zip Lockers fail! That also includes labor or any collateral damage!! For another $49.99, you can purchase a Y.E.S. warranty, which will warranty the locker for life! Unfortunately the collateral damage warranty is only good for the first year., LLC
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08-01-2012 11:02 AM
waynehartwig 29-
Now we can check our patterns. Like before, too shallow.
Coast side:

Drive side:

Even the pinion has an opinion, and it agrees – too shallow:

Pull the pinion back out and I’ll add .003” behind the inner pinion bearing race, since it wasn’t that far off. Again, make sure the backlash is correct before checking your pattern again. Perfect! Nice blocky pattern, no sharp edges.
Coast side:

Drive side:

Now that the pinion depth is set correctly, I’ll set the new race and check pinion preload. It’s kind of hard to take a picture and keep rotating the pinion – measure the preload on a fast rotating pinion, not the start load required to get it turning. This one has 16 inches of preload – perfect! Spec is 14-19 inches. For each .001” of change on the shim pack, you can expect a 5-6 inch lb change in preload.

Again, do all of this without the pinion seal in place. Don’t want to skew the numbers! Just use a little bit of gear oil on the bearings to reduce dry rolling friction.

Now that all of that’s done, time for the slinger and pinion seal. I’ll pack the backside of the pinion seal with grease to keep the spring from possibly falling off while tapping it in place. I’ll also put on some aviation gasket sinch sealer stuff – the brown Permatex, in the white bottle with the brush on top. Just a little more assurance against leaks.

On the Dana 44 axle, the inner pinion bearing race fits perfect!

Tada! Undamaged seal!

08-01-2012 11:01 AM
waynehartwig 25-
New ring gear bolts with red loctite on them, evenly torqued in stages and a criss cross pattern. Some use a vice to hold the carrier while you do this, I like to use the press.

Time to press on the bearings. With your finger, wipe a little bit of CLEAN gear oil on the bore of the bearing to help while you press them on.

Time to prep the seal housing for o rings. I like to put a little bit of oil in the grooves first. I think it allows the o rings to go in easier without being twisted – you don’t want them to twist or they will leak/tear/wear unevenly.

O-rings are in!

Put the carrier back in with some shims so that it’s nice and snug and to spec on backlash. In this case .008”, perfect!

I’ll also check my pinion preload for giggles. If it has a crush sleeve instead of shims, I’ll use about 10 inch lbs to check the pattern. There is 10 inch lbs on it right now.

08-01-2012 11:01 AM
waynehartwig 19-
I’ll use a grinder to clean up the gasket surface. On off-road rigs, the gasket surface will usually have burrs from being drug over rocks. This will clean that up so the gasket will have a better chance of sealing later.

All cleaned up and ready for re-assembly! Do all of the work first, then when you install it everything will be clean and there won’t be any chances for metal to get inside your shim pack or bearings.

Doh! Thick gears.. We won’t be re-using these…

Time to remove the old pinion and clean up the housing, getting it ready for new bearings, etc.

Start off with all the same shims everywhere as what was already in there. Chances are I’ll have to add some – if you recall, the pinion was too shallow before. I don’t put the pinion seal in at this time (or crush sleeve if it’s used instead of shims) and I also just use a standard nut, not the top lock style. Also, put a little bit of gear oil on the threads and keep them nicely lubed, so the nut doesn’t destroy the threads and leave you with a junk gear set! I also use a setup race that you can easily make with a grinder or sand paper. Basically you want to take a few thou off either the inner or outer surface to allow it to quickly/easily be removed for shim changes.

Now before continuing on here, since I’m just swapping carriers in this Dana 60, I wanted to show you how easy it is to come up with a good shim pack quickly.
If you set the locker on the bench next to the old carrier (with bearings in place) you can measure each of their deck heights. Subtract the two and that is what your new shim pack will be for the left side.

Now for the other side, leave it on the bench and measure from the bench to the outer of the side. For this I’m using a straight edge. Again, subtract the two and that will be your shim pack thickness for this side.

On the Dana 60 Zip Locker seal housing, there is a minimum shim pack thickness that has to be observed. If not, the seal housing can come into contact with the bearing and not the race. This could be anywhere from .015 to .025”, just keep an eye on it. For me, it was easy to tell when I was there, because the race would not easily spin without the seal housing interfering with it.

Before installing the ring gear, you should always file both surfaces to make sure they are flat and there are no burrs that can cause excessive run out. This is also why when you check your backlash, you check it in several places – to catch the possible run out.

08-01-2012 10:59 AM
waynehartwig 13-
Time to just clean it up a bit with brake kleen. It makes it easier to clean up the metal junk later if you get rid of some of the gear oil now.

Now put a rag over the pinion head and drill a 7/16” hole for the bulkhead fitting.

Now tap the hole to ¼” pipe.

On the bulkhead fitting, I use a little bit of Teflon tape – note, it’s yellow and not white!

The cover says blah, blah, blah and works when it comes in contact with oil, propane, and etc.

Screw the bulkhead fitting in and snug it up.

On some diffs there is not a drain hole to drain the oil in the tube and must be added. The problem is there is only one hole up on top and what happens is the oil will trap the air and can cause the wheel seals to leak and etc. Just put the drain hole on the same side as the breather hose. I like to use a Roto Zip, instead of die grinder. Less air to blow the shavings around and the best part is your compressor won’t cycle once. Oh, put a rag over the pinion again.

Tada! It’s about a ¼” groove is all. Just enough to drain the axle tube and allow the upper hole to be used as a vent.

08-01-2012 10:58 AM
waynehartwig 6-
Before tearing into it, take some gear marking compound and check the pattern. This one is too shallow. Since they are used gears, the drive side isn’t going to tell you much, so we’ll read the coast side.
Coast side:

Drive side: - it actually looks deep and not shallow. Again, ignore.

Check your backlash, too. This one was .030”! He did say it was starting to make a clunking noise.

Before you pull off the carrier cap caps, make sure they are marked for orientation. Most of them will have a standard H and a lazy H on the cap and just to the side in the gasket surface to match – sometimes it can be a B or M or whatever they used that day and not just a H. If they are not marked, make sure you mark them in a fashion that will easily allow you to know where they came from later. Personally, I take a punch and will put 1 dot on one cap and gasket surface and 2 dots on the other. Put them on the upper half of the cap, that way you can also quickly know which end is up. These were marked from the factory.

Now grab hold and pull the carrier out. This one in the Dana 44 came out very easy, as it had no preload on it. I really didn’t need the bar’s help… Carrier preload is your friend! More on that later, during the install. Sometimes it’s difficult and a case spreader is used. Just remember, if you do use a spreader and after you get the differential out, remove the pressure on the spreader. The spreader should only be used in temporary situations for a quick amount of time and NEVER on aluminum housings.

Carrier is out!

Time to buzz off the ring gear bolts. I personally do not reuse them. They are cheap, and do stretch. If they stretch, they will become loose. Red loctite only works so well. IE Cheap insurance, do yourself a favor and just replace them.

On some axles, there will be a RTV made ‘o ring’ between the carrier bearings and the housing. I take them out if they are there. A screwdriver makes short work of it – just rub it around the edges and viola…

It’s out, and in one piece with very little to no clean up.

08-01-2012 10:58 AM
waynehartwig 19-
And finally just a few pictures of the piston and cylinder assembly.

Not sure if you can tell, but there is 100% spline engagement between the lock ring and the side gear!

There it is! It’s very simple to tear down and replace parts if there ever becomes an issue or even just for yearly competition inspection. On to the install….

Jack up the rig, and support it with stands. You don’t want it falling on you! Again, since I’m just changing carriers, I’m not replacing gears. So some of these install pictures will be of the Dana 44. That way you can get the full effect and not be cheated out of a good how-to.

Drain the fluid – Remove all of the bolts but the top one. That way you aren’t fighting the cover as well as making sure the oil is going in the bucket.

While that’s draining, go ahead and remove your brakes and pull the shafts out a little bit – this axle is a full floating axle and removing the brakes isn’t necessary, like it would be on a semi-float unit. On some other axles, like the semi-float Dana 60, the seal is in the housing and by resting the shaft on the seal part way out like this, you chance damaging the seal. So it’s best to go ahead and just pull the shaft all the way out instead. Some oil is going to come out with the shaft, so have a couple of buckets there to catch it!

Time to unhook the driveline and tie it up and out of the way somewhere. This time I just sat it up on top of the muffler and tie wrapped it in place, just to keep it there. If it falls off, it might knock you out or if it drops far enough, it could damage the CV ball in the dual cardan joint. Either way, you don’t want it to fall!

Now it should be drained. Go ahead and pull the cover off completely and set it off to the side to be cleaned and reused later.

08-01-2012 10:57 AM
waynehartwig 14-
To the left, inside of the cylinder cap, you can see the bonded seal and another side gear thrust washer. To the right you can see the side gear and top of the piston.

Just a close up of the cylinder cap and etc.

And a close up of the side gear and etc. You can also make out the 4 cross shaft retaining pins.

Remove the 4 cross shaft retaining pins.

And the three cross shafts. The long one holds two pinion gears in place, while the two smaller cross shafts hold one pinion gear each.

Here’s what the pinion gears and pinion gear thrust washers look like. All 4 of them look identical and have the same part number on them as well.

Here’s the spider block.

08-01-2012 10:57 AM
waynehartwig 9-
And the locker (Dana 44 unit in the next few pictures)

You can see the Yukon ‘Y’ in this picture

Time to go inside and take a look! Remove the two socket head cap screws and the flange cap comes off. You can see a thrust washer and the side gear now.

Here’s what the side gears look like. Nice, smooth finish and made of forged 4320.

Here’s the pinion gears – note, there are 4 pinions! The long cross shaft is also secured on both ends, not just one end. Those that have busted cross shafts in other locker’s, know that the one pin will no longer keep it secure, and will cause the cross shaft to whip around and destroy everything in the differential. With dual pins holding the cross shaft in place, that potential problem is long gone.

There are 8 - 8mm, 12.9 grade cylinder cap bolts that hold the cylinder cap in place. Not only is there a lock washer in place, but lots of red loctite as well. These are torque to yield and need to be replaced if you ever take them out.

08-01-2012 10:56 AM
Yukon Competition Zip Locker install into an 1-Ton TJ


The Dana 60 Yukon Zip Locker was just released to compliment their already growing line of Zip Lockers. Since I already have one in the rear, and love it, I decided to put the Competition Only version in the front. The Dana 60 Yukon Zip Locker has an industry first in their competition-only series, and that is to add air to UN-lock. That way if during a competition of some sort the air system is compromised, the axle will stay locked until the repair can be made, instead of being completely open and potentially costing you that first place trophy!

This locker is going into a 1-Ton TJ, which is technically a Ford axle. In my last install write ups, I went over the internals and every inch of the install. This time I’m simply going to swap out a Detroit for a selectable locker. However, I’ll keep some of the Dana 44 install information for first time installers that are installing a new set of gears AND the locker. The Dana 44 and Dana 60 axles are very similar in a lot of ways.

Everyone’s gotta learn at some time, right? And if you are one of those guys that working on his own rig is a requirement, then here you go! Of course, if you’re the other kind of guy that just doesn’t have the patience or correct tools, your local off-road shop can install them as well. While this is not difficult work, it does require some patience and precision.

Received the Zip Locker from Yukon. Like everything else I’ve received from Yukon, it was well packaged. Even though the locker comes in its own packaging, Yukon will package that package inside of another box with material to keep everything safe and looking nice when it arrives.

Here’s the box:

Open it up and the first thing you see are the shims, seal housing, switch, switch covers, and solenoid.

Pull the ‘card’ out of the way, and there is a parts bags and directions.

Here’s what the directions look like.

And the parts bag.

Here’s the air line.

Baggy of parts – solenoid, switch, switch cover, zip ties, o-rings, bulkhead and other various fittings.

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