No worries man. Make sure the sleeve bottoms out on the head bearing inner race. If it sticks to the side of the pinion, you can use a dremel to shave it down on the inside.I’ll have to try the press trick. I don’t have any extras so if this don’t work I’ll have to order some more. I build a deal to hold the pinion flange using bolts in the non threaded holes of flange. 3 ft cheater won’t budge it. Just bends the bolts in half. I still have 1/16” of play in the bearings so I’m assuming it has to be the crush sleeve. Thanks for the help!
That last 1/16" of play is super common and I'm very confident it's just the sleeve. Crush it in the press about .030-.050" and it'll set up right for you, for sure.