Originally posted by Rich95XR7
Would you agree with me that if you put them in without the right tools, they will not last at least?
For the most part yes! But I've seen some pretty creative ways of getting them disassembled, re-assembled and set up with no problems. It probably comes down to the amount of time to get it right...WAY longer without the tools, especially without the pinion depth tool and installing a different mfg gearset and ratio. It's gonna be trial and error with lots of asm and disasm along the way. Impossible, no. Not practical, probably, but that's really up to each individual. However, I think the end result goal is to have the proper markings (mesh), backlash and preloads. How you get there can be done differently, with time and tools being the main factors in how that goal is achieved. As you stated prior, SOME tools are manditory, like the dial indicator and torque wrenches as there is no way to set backlash and preload without them.
Disclaimers: I have never set up rear gears before either. But like others, I have the willingness to try and the urge and ability to learn. I also have the proper tools, have been doing as much research as possible, and I'm pretty confident in my abilities. If I trash a gear set, then so be it, it'll be a learning experence. That's why I have a spare center section, and I'm doing the gears on my Mark first. If that goes good, then I'll do the Bird. If not, I'll have an expert set those up. Either way, I can say that I did it, or at least gave it a fighting chance. I also agree that setting up gears is not for the faint at heart. If you aren't mechanically inclinded or are under a time constraint (like trying to get it done for a Monday morning commute), you probably don't want to attempt it.
Note: I also purchased the Richmond gear install video...waste of money IMO, it was VERY general and didn't explain how to measure backlash or pinion depth for example. Save your $15, there's way better info out on the net for free.
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