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by bartonmd » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:28 am

JamesDowning wrote:Bill, I don't think there's any way that all 5 bolts could have worked loose. Even if some did, there would be a couple that would have snapped before rattling out all the way.

Nothing else missing? No bolt studs left in the axle housing?

Oh yeah... good looking trip. You guys meet up with a group?


My thoughts, exactly...

The 8.6" in the EXT/V8 isn't the same pattern as all the other 8.6" diffs, is it? I thought the issue with getting one special made from PC was that while our ring is the same, the bolt spacing is a little different, or something?

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by Flying Monkey » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:29 am

Great looking trip. Wish we had country like that here. Be a nice trip to go on for sure.

Im willing to bet about anything someone say you driving with it and followed you home to steal it later. Or snagged it from somewhere you were at for a period of time. Ive seen weirder things stolen off cars and trucks.
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by fishsticks » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:02 pm

bartonmd wrote:
JamesDowning wrote:Bill, I don't think there's any way that all 5 bolts could have worked loose. Even if some did, there would be a couple that would have snapped before rattling out all the way.

Nothing else missing? No bolt studs left in the axle housing?

Oh yeah... good looking trip. You guys meet up with a group?


My thoughts, exactly...

The 8.6" in the EXT/V8 isn't the same pattern as all the other 8.6" diffs, is it? I thought the issue with getting one special made from PC was that while our ring is the same, the bolt spacing is a little different, or something?

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If they are different, they are close enough to the other 8.6's (and 8.5's) that visually it'd be hard to tell without another to compare it to.
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by bartonmd » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:48 pm

fishsticks wrote:
bartonmd wrote:
My thoughts, exactly...

The 8.6" in the EXT/V8 isn't the same pattern as all the other 8.6" diffs, is it? I thought the issue with getting one special made from PC was that while our ring is the same, the bolt spacing is a little different, or something?

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If they are different, they are close enough to the other 8.6's (and 8.5's) that visually it'd be hard to tell without another to compare it to.


Not to completely jack this thread, but I found out that the 8.0 and Trailblazer 8.6 have the same bolt pattern as each other, which is different from anything else... The 8.6 just has a deeper cover... Crap... I really wanted one of those SOLID or 3/8" thick covers...

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by NC_IslandRunner » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:54 pm

Cool pics, I need more areas like this to wheel.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:46 am

Well, I just swapped out the driver side CV shaft. Fixed THAT grinding noise. And it allowed me to clearly hear the passenger CV joint grinding now... Sweeeeeeet. Now that i've done one, i'm feeling pretty fluent and confident in the job. Perhaps i can do this one in half the time.
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by v7guy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:37 am

You'll find the second one goes twice as fast. It's all about experience.

That test drive is a real mofo isn't it lol
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by That1Guy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:53 am

Now get it fixed and lets meet up and get out there before I figure out what I am doing with mine!
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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:14 am

I'll probably do the other one today after work. Then we'll get out there!
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by The Roadie » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:58 am

If you go out with Nick, make him promise to not tailgate. :grin:
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by The Roadie » Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:17 pm

A 4WD without G80 and a 2WD with G80 put together make one vehicle that can get out of trouble on its own.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Dont think your getting out of going with us, roadie. Ill send K to the spa for the weekend, if I have to.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:35 pm

Image

Driver side.... Ewwwwww! :puker:
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by fishsticks » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:59 pm

Clean it out, repack it and keep it as a trail spare.
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by DirtyBacon04 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:15 pm

even though it was making those horrendus sounds? How can I tell if the bearings are shot? I dont know which way they're supposed to move
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by chevycrew » Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:23 pm

The round ball thing ( 3 of them in the pic ) just pulls off, there are needle bearings inside. Just clean and repack it all with grease.
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by That1Guy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:40 pm

DirtyBacon04 wrote:I'll probably do the other one today after work. Then we'll get out there!

Let me know, im available Tuesdays but have work at 11pm, Wednesdays, Saturdays, but have work at 11pm, and the next two Sundays.
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by That1Guy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:40 pm

The Roadie wrote:If you go out with Nick, make him promise to not tailgate. :grin:

I would never do that :drive:
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by DirtyBacon04 » Mon May 14, 2012 7:21 pm

Not that I think Bill forgot about the video... Just wanted to show how anxiously I await it's presentation!
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by DirtyBacon04 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:29 pm

Still patiently awaiting these pics/vids... Very patiently... :poke:
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