Thought I'd post this here as opposed to the 5.38 gears thread elsewhere.

I purchased a bare front 26 spline TrackFinder locker, no dramas with the purchase process via PICORP using PayPal (see the 5.38 gears thread for more contact info).

So I get all active and remove/tear down my front diff ready for locker install, only to discover my diff carrier is worn beyond spec and is unusable for locker installation <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
I should point out that this diff was functioning perfectly and quietly in open format.
The side gear thrust washers are almost perfect, but the softer carrier casting behind them shows wear, and when trial fitting the locker assembly for tolerances, it shows the wear is also uneven between sides.

The TrackFinder locker is available pre installed in a carrier (I believe with new side bearings too) for about US$170 extra over the bare locker, so keep this in mind if you don't have any spare diffs..

I do have access to 2 other diff assemblies I can tear down, so chances are one of them will be acceptable. But they're still chances <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif" alt="" />


Long a$$ 2000 Sporty, auto, 5.38 gears, TF front locker, 4"+ front lift (Kings +40 springs, 50mm spacers, 1.5" diff drop), TJ 104 rears 3" + 50mm coil spacers, 1.5" body lift, 31/10.5r15's on 15x8 Kings (ET-13), WARN manuals, Smart Bar, spotties