Dang good eye, Kevin..... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" /> I hadn't compared the two, but after reading your comment, I looked at the photos and you're exactly right - there is a considerable difference in the lead-in taper angle..... like maybe 20 difference. That explains it.

Here's a view of the OE axle gear chamfer:
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And here's the Aussie Locker's axle gear bevel:
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I don't think I want to go to the expense of re-cutting that chamfer if I can get it to go in easily with the shock off.... and I don't really want to lose any spline length.... but maybe I'll try some ARP lube on it first before I remove the shock. It really doesn't need much of a bump if it's aligned perfectly straight - but the shock does get in the way of seeing the alignment - so perhaps in the end, it'll be less aggravating to remove the shock.

Good catch!

Frank


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