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    Posted: 27-July-2020 at 1:12PM
washers usually give you a smoother torque when tightening but a ring gear has more bolts and closer than say the spread of like head bolts.  so i think you'll be just fine without washers there?...
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The bolts I got with the 5/8” head fit just fine without a washer. Barring any instruction otherwise I’m going to run them as is without a washer and not worry about it. Continuing my trend of overthinking this, I think I’d rather have the extra little bit of thread engagement that running without a washer provided anyway. 
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looks like an Eaton style unit


no mention of case material, i'd really be surprised if it's alloy?

IIRC in factory Ford units the Trac-Locs use a smaller hex on the ring gear bolts than the open carriers because they're countersunk on the Trac-Locs, not on the opens. i'd source bolts that don't need modifying before taking them to a grinder, do you have a Fastenal near you?


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it’s a Yukon Dura Grip and they suggest a 1.25” long bolt (which is what I got) but make no mention of washers. I’m probably overthinking this and they’ll be fine without washers, just loctite. 
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details, what carrier are you installing and is there no mention of suitable bolts in the destructions?

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I’m installing an aftermarket limited slip in my 9 in rear and the flange that mounts the ring gear is thicker than stock necessitating a longer bolt as well as one with a smaller head to clear the “pocket” on the differential. I’ve found some grade 8 bolts that will do the trick but I’m questioning the need for washers. The differential I’m installing seems to be an aluminum shell and I want to make sure I distribute the load from the bolts well but I worry about installed height of the bolt heads and them not clearing the case. The factory bolts seem to be a shallow head and didn’t use washers BUT they had a 3/4” head as opposed to the 5/8” head I have to use with the new differential. 

Do I need washers? If I run into clearance issues, I can always grind the head of the bolt down I guess but I really don’t want to do that if I can avoid it. 


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