Topic: Need advice about newly acquired used Ford 8.8" gearset....
I just received a great deal on some used 3.73 gears for my spare pumpkin. My current rear differential on my tbird whines a little but seems to work without any issues so far (knock on wood).
The problem is that when I received these gears, USPS handling and/or packaging caused the pinion gear to be chipped.
Since this was my spare differential, I wanted to build this thing properly (new vs. used bearings, tractionlock rebuild kit, etc.) Should I just get a full refund for this gearset and keep waiting for another deal or should I just workout some kind of discount and keep this existing gear set (it was only $60 delivered).
Q: Do you guys think this will cause any issues? If my existing rear end takes a dump at a race, I want to bolt this one up and just leave it on (I don't want to have to pull it off again and have TWO diffs to rebuild). I also don't feel like swapping diffs just to test this one; I plan on rebuilding it and then putting it on my shelf of spares.
My first inclination is to take a pass on it and send it back but what other alternatives should I consider: how bad an idea is it to find another used 3.73 pinion gear and use it with the perfectly serviceable ring read?