Been a long two weeks, the Bean's out of the "sick bay".

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The parking spot next to the garage is where my daughter normally parks; unless I'm working on something, then its termed "the sick bay" as its closest to the tool boxes.

The Mean Green Bean has been in the sick bay for two weeks (three weekends).
Rebuilt the whole front end, new TRE's, knuckle service, 4:88 gears and ARB locker installed.
Rear gears and locker installed. BTW that rear drop out is one heavy SOB.

Learned a few things... such as:
1) Now that I know how to do a ring and pinion job, I don't care if I ever do another ring and pinion job.
2a) The Harbor Freight TRE separator works a treat!
2b) The Harbor Freight big bearing separator also works very well and a valued addition to the tool collection.
3) An acceptable carrier bearing adjuster nut wrench can be fabr-a-cobbled out of an over head cam timing belt gear holder. Now I need a new timing belt gear holder, but it was a marginal POS for that job anyway.
4) keep a box full of flattened cardboard as a crash pad under the diff while working on it. Dropped pinons when they slip out of your son's hands when driving them back out of the upper bearing is rough on the concrete. :oops: and the pinion. :(:eek:
5) The crush tubes provided by Nitro Gears don't work with the oil cup that is supposed to be in the front diff. They are too big in diameter and won't pass through the oil cup. However the shim kit provided for their solid spacer (which also won't fit) will let you recycle the original Toyota crush tube. I chose a .020 spacer to start and the pinion nut came up to torque and then I set bearing preload.
6) I might smell like gear lube for the next few months, gawd that s&^t stinks and the smell permeates EVERYTHING! I hope it will wear off eventually.
 
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Dirt Ferguson

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6) I might smell like gear lube for the next few months, gawd that s&^t stinks and the smell permeates EVERYTHING! I hope it will wear off eventually.

I moved recently and I had a partial bag of gear oil bust open in a box of tools during the move. Nothing will ever rust, but nothing will ever be not slick, either.
 

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Good work. I know that was rough and it is extra fun having all the parts be heavy. On the gear oil front....Once thought i would be clever doing a clutch job on my former taco and waiting to refill the transmission with gear oil by pouring in from inside the cab the exact amount. Well somehow got some of that gear oil on the carpet somewhere. Few .....8 years later i had to pull the carpet and clean it with 5 gallons of straight simple green. Finally got the smell out of the cab...
 

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