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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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MKIII IRS install

Looking at the best way to install my IRS housing with out damaging the powder coating nor the polished diff cover, and not to mention the powder coated frame , thought it was going to be easy until I got under there . Any HELP is appreciated ,Thanks

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Use lots of painters tape (I wish I knew this earlier)

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Put down a layer of painter's tape - low adhesion and low residue. Then put a layer or two of Gorilla tape over that for tough paint protection. Don't put the Gorilla tape directly on the paint - it's tough to get off, and will leave a lot of residue.
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What Bob said on the tape.... it will go in with the axle stubs already mounted, but it's so much easier with them and the rear cover removed during the installation and reassemble it once it's in.

Just my thoughts.....
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Thanks for all the input guys I will be taking all that advise tomorrow when I try to get it in .Let you know what happens !
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Not sure what stage you are in your build. But if the body is off and trunk floor isn't in yet, you can use an engine hoist and some straps to gently lift it from below. It will be a lot less strain on you and you can take all the time you want.
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Not sure what stage you are in your build. But if the body is off and trunk floor isn't in yet, you can use an engine hoist and some straps to gently lift it from below. It will be a lot less strain on you and you can take all the time you want.
That's the way I did it.



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Not sure what stage you are in your build. But if the body is off and trunk floor isn't in yet, you can use an engine hoist and some straps to gently lift it from below. It will be a lot less strain on you and you can take all the time you want.
Real men bench-press their cast-iron diff in from below, grunting, twisting, and swearing at pinched fingers and dinged-up powdercoat until it plunks into place. Then they forget to put gear oil in it and toast their diff within 50 miles, and get to do the whole thing again in a finished car, this time with an aluminum one that isn't much lighter, but at least you get a chance to put in the gear ratio you really want.


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