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Ford 8.8" Differential Side Gear Removal

This photo comes from Chapter 4: Factory Limited-Slip Differentials.

This caption alone would have been a nice bit of knowledge when I cracked open my first differential: the side gear clutch pack shim can stick inside the housing because of the gear oil film.

That is something that happened to me when I rebuilt the rear end in the 347 for the first time. Luckily, I found it before I tried to shim the modified clutch pack arrangement I used to increase the torque transfer of the factory LSD. By the way, it worked. That rear end was wicked-quick and aggressive at transferring power coming off the line and took some getting used to. Joseph Palazzolo also goes into options for modifying factory differentials in Chapter 4, including the Ford 8.8", Chevy 10 and 12-Bolt, and Chrysler 8 3/4" with the plate-style differential (not the cone-style). Photo: Joseph Palazzolo.

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