That way in the end you will have built two things that really mean something to you.
Pinion Depth 2.
Later model to backing plates will be required for this modification.
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If the backlash is within spec but the pinion depth is not correct you match-mark the driveshaft to the pinion flange and remove the driveshaft and suspend it with wire out of the way on something like the exhaust pipe.
To remove the pinion nut and washer you will need to use a special flange holding tool or breaker bar to hold the flange in place while you loosen the nut.
When properly set-up, you will have to pry the carrier out of the housing and putting shims back in should not be easy either.
Consider it cheap insurance to protect the like new bearings which are already pressed into both ends of the Zexel unit.
The Ford Ranger and Explorer with the 8.