I used 1X1/4 inch strap and welded the two pieces to a one inch square tube. I was strong enough. I would just add a length of round or square to it and not worry.
Depends on production dates.Im waiting on tool/parts. And, im not trying to be negative but I just received a diff cover bolt from Rockauto that is USA made, 8.5 rear diff cover bolt because one of mine has been exchanged for one that has a different head and washer that I’d like to correct. I ordered this one because I wanted to get a matching same bolt back on with “the little flange” that is attached to the bolt head like the others. It fits .... but it is like 1/4 too short in shaft/thread length. In other words, it may strip if I torque it to spec because it’s too short. Even if it don’t strip, I feel It will eventually and I’m just giving back to the forum. I’m just putting it out there because if your trying to do the same thing as I’m trying to, it’s not the correct bolt and you will ruin the threads on these rear casings if you put one on. The numbers are on the bag. The picture shows the new Rockauto bolt, then the original bolt, then the replacement with the washer someone put on my car at some point. Good day everyone.
Yeah, my threads don’t start for an 1/4 inch or so into the case. There was two choices of bolt on the stores website. I don’t know if the other is the correct length though.Depends on production dates.
Some 8.5s the threads come all the way to face, others they are quite a deep recess before the thread
I don't know the whens or wheres but my early 1995 housing was shallow with short bolts, both my 96 housings are resessed and use a longer bolt
I’m not really struggling with it, just waiting for the arrival of my sanding wheels to open the pinion bearing size up. Also waiting for gear oil, and dial torque wrench to arrive. The only thing I’m kind of nervous about is the Ratech kit shim sizes don’t exactly have an exact stack match with my other pinion gear shims that I’m using for set up. The two differ by .001 for the ones closest to original GM .036 shim. Motive Gear says shims need to be adjusted by .003 to see a pattern change difference so that’s good news.I would surmise the flanged seal is for an 8.5 in the front of a 4x4.
Look closely at the siping lines on the lip.
They suggest ,to me , reverse rotation applications.
That is my guess .
Honing the bearing with a flex hone,
You are really fighting re&re ing the bearing cup in the housing deal huh ?