Rear ring gear installed:
Notice the two stake dots. This keeps the output shaft tight, which helps during reassembly while you're trying to install the snap ring.
First thing to install in the reverse clutchpack is the wavy plate.
Then start stacking the clutches, paying attention to the tang at the bottom on the steels. It MUST be in this position for them to fit properly.
(above) This was my '96 wagon's stock clutches. At 145k they looked fine, so reuse them.
New clutches going into Spencer's transmission. Always soak them before installing.
It's smartest to install the rear planetary before installing the 4 clutches and 4 steels. When done, they should be about this high. Notice the witness mark in the case from where a needle bearing got dragged around. Battle damage. Cosmetic only. Keep moving.
Time to install the rear support center that comes with the Sonnax SmartShell. This is the most expensive sunshell on the market; far stronger and better engineered than the famous "Beast," but it also takes the load off the rear planetary's center needle bearing, eliminating a design weakness. That needle bearing cannot be replaced without disassembling the rear planetary assembly, which is a major undertaking. Just rotate this center section down into the center overtop of the old one.