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1/2" Carrier Bearing Spacer

I put a 1/2" carrier bearinng spacer on my F250 this morning in preparation for putting some add-a-leafs in the rear that would give me a 2" lift. So, now something has come up and I won't be able to put the add-a-leafs in today ... so, my question is this: Can I leave the carrier bearing spacer and drive the truck a bit with out the add-a-leafs in? Or do I need to go ahead and pull the carrier bearing spacer out before I drive the truck?

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If you don't feel any vibration or shudder issues, I'd just leave it in. It isn't hurting your t-case ujoint angle that much. I have an adjustable drop and it's been all over the place (within reason) with no problems.

Have you driven it at all yet?

EDIT: Also, The main angle you've increased is your t-case ujoint. It probably flattened out your pinion angle and center joint angle. Your t-case joint will not know whether the add-a-leaf kit has been installed or not, since it only feeds the fixed carrier bearing, and does not change. The only question will be whether you feel any vibration since the angles are not relative to one another. When you install your add-a-leaf kit, you will put angle back-in the pinion and center, more-matching the new tcase angle and having a balance across all 3.

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Have you driven it at all yet?
Haven't driven it yet. Thanks for the info on this. I just hate the idea of having to pull the spacer out and then sticking it back in just so I can drive the truck about 20 or so miles. So, you think it will be ok to drive it around the block and see if it shudders, etc.?

Edit: Ok, just re-read what you posted ... I was confused at first but think I understand now ... so it should be ok, and if not, shouldn't be a big mega malfunction problem ... so, I'll give it a bit of a drive and see what happens ... thanks for the help 01!

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Haven't driven it yet. Thanks for the info on this. I just hate the idea of having to pull the spacer out and then sticking it back in just so I can drive the truck about 20 or so miles. So, you think it will be ok to drive it around the block and see if it shudders, etc.?
Yeah, I don't think it will have any issue whatsoever as far as wear on components goes. I have around 1.25-1.5" drop at the moment and the t-case joint has been fine. Since, in your case, its actually improving or straightening out the pinion ujoint and center ujoint, your only issue would be vibration because the joints are not all equal, until you do your lift. It may not cause any vibration at all though. Won't hurt to try.

Pay attention for take-off shudder (0-5mph) and anything around 45-75mph. Since your driveshaft is a straight shot through the center joint and carrier bearing, you want to see if it will have a wobble to it at highway speed. I've been told that too-straight of a driveshaft angle through the center can cause this.
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I too have done the add a leaf in the rear and have a little vibration from 0-5mph and am getting the spacer.... How was the installation of putting the spacer in, easy? It doesnt look too bad form what i see... but assurance is always nice.

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How was the installation of putting the spacer in, easy? It doesnt look too bad form what i see... but assurance is always nice.
It's real easy to put the spacer in. I put a jack or each side of the drive shaft so it would be held in place while I loosened/pulled the 2 bolts. Then I just lowered the shaft via the jacks to allow for the spacer to insert in. Then, inserted new bolts and all done.

Hangin' Heels, when you put your add-a-leafs in, did you use the stock center pin bolts? Or, did you use the ones that came with the add-a-leafs? Do you have overload springs on your truck? My truck has the overload springs, and the stock center pin bolts are longer than the ones that came with the add-a-leafs.

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did you use the stock center pin bolts? Or, did you use the ones that came with the add-a-leafs? Do you have overload springs on your truck? My truck has the overload springs, and the stock center pin bolts are longer than the ones that came with the add-a-leafs.
Nope i used the ones that came with the add a leafs... i dont have the overload springs on my truck bc the stock center pin definitely wouldnt have fit (not enough threads on it once the add a leaf was in)

When i first was thinking about tackling putting the add a leafs in myself, i was a little intimidated but once i got started and finished it wasnt bad at all... so have a couple beers and go at it and with in 2-3 hours you should have them in and ready to go.

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Nope i used the ones that came with the add a leafs... i dont have the overload springs on my truck bc the stock center pin definitely wouldnt have fit (not enough threads on it once the add a leaf was in)

When i first was thinking about tackling putting the add a leafs in myself, i was a little intimidated but once i got started and finished it wasnt bad at all... so have a couple beers and go at it and with in 2-3 hours you should have them in and ready to go.
Ok ... cool, thanks.

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Won't hurt to try. Pay attention for take-off shudder (0-5mph) and anything around 45-75mph.
Goin' to drive it today and see how it feels. I'll post the results for the
"record".

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Drove the truck today about 18 miles ... no vibes at all from
0-45 mph. Didn't go any faster than that yet ...

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