Greg’s Differential DilemmaOctober 27th, 2010 by admin
A while ago I took the Ranger out to the desert and held it wide open for a punishing 300 miles. It did really well and, despite a few close calls, drove under its own power back onto the trailer. Anytime I go out and don’t break the truck (or myself) I consider that a success.
Well, apparently success has its price. While inspecting the truck (something I highly recommend before and after every outing), I found the rear backing plate was completely torn off the axle housing, taking the brake line and parking brake cable with it. The before-and-after pictures speak for themselves. Oh well.
Anytime I break something, I use it as a reason/excuse to upgrade. My ultimate goal is to replace the 8.8″ with a huge Currie gusseted 9″, but my practical side (the one directly linked to my wallet) tells me to fix the 8.8″. I will look into my options and keep you posted.