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Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:40 pm
by westhedoorman
So I'm getting ready to start my diff and brake replacement this weekend. I got my parts all sorted out last weekend and loaded up on a work cart. I have been putting this off for quite a while because I have motivational challenges. I bought new diffs off eBay and had Auburns installed by a driveline shop here locally but the guy put the plug with the wires coming out of the bottom of the diff housing so I have to move it. Maybe I will post some pictures for both of you to look at.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:43 pm
by westhedoorman
Here is a picture of when I had the old stuff torn out.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:48 pm
by westhedoorman
New master cylinder. It is so much easier when you remove the fender well. I forgot to bleed the master cylinder so that caused some head scratching for a couple minutes. Those 12 ton jack stands are overkill weight wise but it is a pleasure to use them with their lift range you don't need wood blocks.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:50 pm
by westhedoorman
New diff in place.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:57 pm
by westhedoorman
Done deal. New diff with Auburn locker, new rotors, new calipers, new pads, new half shafts and new flex brake lines. I bled the brakes, changed the hub oil and put the special fluid in the new diff and put the wheels back on.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 6:04 pm
by 04BLKUAV
West,
Why the Aubruns and not ARB? Figured you were drinking the cool-aid as well...
LOVE my flex lines! I should say Gunshow likes em. I don't get under my own truck.

Re: Diffs and brakes

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 7:54 pm
by westhedoorman
04BLKUAV wrote:West,
Why the Aubruns and not ARB? Figured you were drinking the cool-aid as well...
LOVE my flex lines! I should say Gunshow likes em. I don't get under my own truck.


I think the Auburns are a better choice since it's basically a stock configuration. The ARB is probably fine but I didn't want to add a compressor for it.
I'm a little overwhelmed right now at how tight the limited slip is in the Auburn though. I'm going to drive it around and see if it loosens up. If it does I will install the rear but if it doesn't I will probably put the old diff back in. I will probably put my truck up for sale within the next year and I don't want to compromise the drive ability.
I'm already planning my next truck which will be a Hmmwv which I could put my Auburn diffs into. I would also do a 2" body lift with 40"s on dual beadlock wheels and front and rear winches.
No cool aid for me. I am active on the HML but mainly because there is no action here. Maybe everybody is in Facebook groups or something but I don't do Facebook.