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Good morning,

It won't be "Live" in the sense I have a camera set up in here, but I will be doing a set of Rubicon 5.13 gears next weekend where I'm opening up my time to answer questions as I do the work. This will hopefully motivate more people to do their own gears as it's not a difficult job, but can be troublesome if not done correctly.

If you're curious about any step of the process, please ask questions here. I will update this OP with all questions received and provide answers, pictures, and short videos as I do the work.

I'm working on a set of JK gears right now, otherwise I'd be doing this today. I figured this will allow some time to put some good Q&A together for those curious, intrigued by the process, and those who are on the edge of taking on this task themselves.

Thank you.

  1. How important is setting backlash within spec?
  2. What backlash spec/tolerance do you aim for to ensure gears don't whine and last a long time?
  3. Do you use the Yukon Clamshell puller?
  4. What are the most common mistakes made when doing a gear swap?
  5. What special tools are needed that the average (or advanced) DIY’er doesn’t already own?
  6. How to do a gear and axle swap (better components), while minimizing warranty impacts.
  7. I have heard the factory lockers in JLs can be tricky to setup when swapping gears and easy to screw up apparently. Any clear guidance on what to watch for and how to avoid any issues would be helpful?





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Good morning,

It won't be "Live" in the sense I have a camera set up in here, but I will be doing a set of Rubicon 4.88 gears next weekend where I'm opening up my time to answer questions as I do the work. This will hopefully motivate more people to do their owns gears as it's not a difficult job, but can be troublesome if not done correctly.

If you're curious about any step of the process, please ask questions here. I will update the first post will all questions received and provide answers, pictures, and short videos as I do the work.

I'm working on a set of JK gears right now, otherwise I'd be doing this today. I figured this will allow some time to put some good Q&A together for those curious, intrigued by the process, and those who are on the edge of taking on this task themselves.

Thank you.
Awesome thread...How important is setting the backlash within spec? What backlash spec/tolerance do you aim for to ensure gears don't whine and last a long time?
 
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Awesome thread...How important is setting the backlash within spec? What backlash spec/tolerance do you aim for to ensure gears don't whine and last a long time?
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How do you take the wheels off if you don’t have a key for your wheel lock?
Haha.... yes. The JK owner just drove 2 hours to bring me the right keyed socket for his wheels. I can begin surgery now. Please don't forget your socket if you have splined or keyed lugnuts. I do not own every splined socket possible. Lol
 
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*BUMP*

The JL Rubi shows up tomorrow night and I'll be focusing on this Q&A while doing the gears on Saturday. Make sure to ask questions, especially if you're considering this job anytime soon. I'll run through and add my own Q&A's for must know items.
 

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Haha.... yes. The JK owner just drove 2 hours to bring me the right keyed socket for his wheels. I can begin surgery now. Please don't forget your socket if you have splined or keyed lugnuts. I do not own every splined socket possible. Lol
My key is in the glove compartment so don’t worry ;). Just to clarify, we’re doing 5.13s #fastandfuriousjeep :LOL:.
 
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My key is in the glove compartment so don’t worry ;). Just to clarify, we’re doing 5.13s #fastandfuriousjeep :LOL:.
Awesome. Haha. Gonna need that. Your Jeep is the star of the show for these Q&A's.
 
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This is pretty darn cool of you to do for the Jeep community. :clap:

What are the most common mistakes made when doing a gear swap? What special tools are needed that the average (or advanced) DIY’er doesn’t already own?
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