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I did a locker install on my 93 2WD 22-RE 5-Speed Reg. Cab Short Bed. I figured since I couldn't find any info here on it I would do a write up.
The locker is a Powertrax Lock-Right by richmond gear.
THIS IS HOW I DID IT! NOT HOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TELL YOU TO DO IT.
(so proceed with caution)
drain differential gear oil, reinstall the drain plug
block the front wheels, jack up the rear by the differential, use jack stands
unbolt the brake line hold down clamp closest to the hubs on both sides (12mm)
unbolt the 8 (four on each side) 14mm nuts that hold the hub/brake assembly/wheel onto the axle housing, pull the wheel/hub assembly/axle shaft as far out as the brake line will let you.
crawl under the truck and unbolt the drive shaft from the differential flange 4 bolts and nuts, I cant remember what size. they're either 12mm or 14mm, probably 14mm
You can either take the drive shaft out, or to prevent leaking from the transmission output shaft you can tie it up to the chassis. I used some tie-wire. remove the 10 12mm bolts that hold the third member onto the axle housing and pull out the third member, be careful, it has a good bit of weight to it.
If the carrier doesn't come out, the axle shafts aren't pulled out enough.
i used a angle grinder with a wire brush wheel to clean up the gasket surface
the locker comes with decent installation instructions.
some of the things I had to figure out myself despite having locker instructions and a Haynes manual
the ring gear has to be removed, mark its position on the carrier (silver sharpies work well) the retainer clips that prevent the ring gear bolts from coming loosened can be bent down with a screwdriver and a hammer then with the 17mm socket and a hammer the rest of the way, after reinstallation bend them back with some channel locks or other pliers. also line up the bolts and retainers in a line on the floor starting where you marked the ring gear/carrier position going clockwise so they all go back in the same hole. use a brass punch to get the ring gear off.
when removing the pinion shaft. the retainer pin has to come out of the hole in the "back", the one that isn't round you'll have to use a tapered punch to make the hole round so the pin can come out. then just punch the pin out from the other side.
I hope this helps someone be not as frustrated as I was while installing my powertrax
Driving! = I cant even tell it is there unless I am idling in a clockwise circle with my head out the window because thats the only was i can actually hear the ratcheting. and when I take off from a stop in the rain the rear end kicks out a little if I am too heavy on the throttle