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Any body have any issues getting the CS Axles to seat? It seems like it can't make it past the retention ring. Is there a trick to getting it to seat? The stock axles seated easily
 

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I finally just threw it in the truck and took it to a gear shop in San Diego. They had to remove the diff from the cradle to get the drivers side to seat. Is what it is. Got the rear clip up an torqued down. Front clip is this weekend. Not going to install the nitrous until next year. Car will be down three years in February.





 

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I just did the 8.8 swap and also had a problem with the drivers side axle. But my issue was the CV joint hitting the subframe as it was trying to slide into the diff. Seems that the new joint is a little larger diameter than the stock one. I thought about loosening the diff mounts but think it would have to come out of the front mount altogether in order to provide the right clearance. So instead I massaged the subframe a bit to provide clearance. Once I did that it slide right in and when installed there is no clearance issues as it is past the problem point.
 

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Yeah, the driver side 8.8" conversion axle is a tight fit. I found that a couple years ago when I had a torn CV boot and had to pull the axle to get that fixed.





I ended up unbolting the driver side rear diff mount (where the CS bracket bolts to the rear subframe), loosening the passenger side mount, then rotating and pivoting the diff so I could get the axle in. Quite the pain in the ass, even with the car on a lift and another guy helping me try to finagle everything together.
 
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