Peeked out the window at my TJ. Whoever said the new strains of Covid are mild like a cold are FOS. I've never been so sick as I've been the past 3 days.
After realizing I was adding shims to the wrong spot on the pinion and adjusting the preload instead of the depth, I got the depth figured out with dumb luck that the pinion head shim from the original XJ gears worked perfectly with my new 4.88 gears.
Then with some more luck I only had to make adjustment to each carrier side shim once before I had good preload on the carrier bearings and had a pretty good pattern. That being said it’s not perfect as my backlash is right at 5-5.5 thou. Tomorrow I’ll tackle adjusting the carrier shims till I get it dialed in just right.
I wouldn't say the old shim worked perfectly, but it did get you what most shops would consider a runnable pattern. If it were in my shop I would have taken it a couple thou deeper to see the difference. Open up that backlash just a bit and run a pattern in 3 different spots with a whole lot less paint. I would even thin it out just a little bit more than you did. Wipe excess off brush and then paint. Don't forget the more resistance the better the pattern will show.
Is this the first time you have had it?
I like that combo cowl light and antenna mount set up.
I have the same GMR ass radio on my gladiator, also with a ghost antenna. Looking to get a set up for the TJ as well to replace the CB I no longer use.