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New Pinion Yoke
I just ordered a new pinion yoke for my rear end. They seem to be mainly selling the u-bolt style clamps for the u-joint caps, and not the old style half-moon style caps.
My pinion was just wrecked by a u-joint blowing up and gouging the pinion mating surface, so I had to replace it. Dennys Driveshaft was a HUGE help. Worked directly with Denny. It was a 2 day process, because after speaking with him, I had to wait til I got home from work to measure my parts. But afterwards, it seems obvious. Since so many people modify gears and suspension and so forth, they cant go by manufactures specs. I ended up having the upgraded pinion (3-1/2" long from base up to centerline of cap). I will be installing a new seal while I am at it. It wasn't leaking before, but might as well while its out. Its a $10 (or less) part.
The next trick will be getting it installed.
I hear that the splines on the pinion gear are slightly "twisted" to remove any slop. Denny instructed me to use a hammer and a block of wood on the pinion to get it on. Once there are enough threads available, he said I could use the nut to finish it off. If you have any experience or pointers, I would really appreciate it.
Good Luck getting your ordered.
1997 F350 Black & Lifted CCLB OBS PSD
Purchased Sept. 2012 w/183,000 miles