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Rear axles for 1998:

248 AND 267 RBI AXLE

The 248 and 267 Rear Beam-design Iron (RBI) axle housings consist of an iron center casting (differential housing) with axle shaft tubes extending from either side. The tubes are pressed in to form a one-piece axle housing.
The integral type housing, hypoid gear design has the centerline of the pinion set below the centerline of the ring gear.
The axles are equipped with full-floating axle shafts, meaning that loads are supported by the axle housing tubes. The full-float axle shafts are retained by bolts attached to the hub. The hub rides on two bearings at the outboard end of the axle tube. The axle shafts can be removed without disturbing or removing the wheel bearings. The wheel bearings are opposed tapered roller bearings and are contained in the hub assembly.
The removable, stamped steel cover provides a means for inspection and service without removing the complete axle from the vehicle. A small, stamped metal axle gear ratio identification tag is attached to the housing cover via one of the cover bolts. This tag also identifies the number of ring and pinion teeth.
The rear wheel anti-lock (RWAL) brake speed sensor is attached to the top, forward exterior of the differential housing. A seal is located between the sensor and the wire harness connector. The seal must be in place when the wire connector is connected to the sensor. The RWAL brake exciter ring is press-fitted onto the differential case against the ring gear flange.
The differential case for the standard differentials and the Trac-lok differential in the 248 RBI axle are a one-piece design. The differential pinion mate shaft is retained with a roll pin. Differential bearing preload and ring gear backlash are adjusted by the use of shims located between the differential bearing cones and case. Pinion bearing preload is set and maintained by the use of a collapsible spacer in the 248 RBI axle. The 267 RBI axle uses solid shims to maintain pinion bearing preload.
Axles equipped with a Trac-Lok(TM) differential are optional for the 248 RBI axle. A Trac-lok differential has a one-piece differential case and the same internal components as a standard differential plus two clutch disc packs.
Axles equipped with a Power-Lok(TM) differential are optional for the 267 RBI axle. A Power-lok differential has a two-piece differential case. A Power-lok differential contains four pinion gears and a two-piece pinion mate cross shaft to provide increased torque to the non-slipping wheel through a ramping motion in addition to the standard Trac-lok components.
286 RBI AXLE

The 286 Rear Beam-design Iron (RBI) axle housings consist of an iron center casting (differential housing) with axle shaft tubes extending from either side. The tubes are pressed in to form a one-piece axle housing.
The integral type housing, hypoid gear design has the centerline of the pinion set below the centerline of the ring gear.
The axles are equipped with full-floating axle shafts, meaning that loads are supported by the axle housing tubes. The full-float axle shafts are retained by bolts attached to the hub. The hub rides on two bearings at the outboard end of the axle tube. The axle shafts can be removed without disturbing or removing the wheel bearings. The wheel bearings are opposed tapered roller bearings and are contained in the hub assembly.
The removable, stamped steel cover provides a means for inspection and service without removing the complete axle from the vehicle. A small, stamped metal axle gear ratio identification tag is attached to the housing cover via one of the cover bolts. This tag also identifies the number of ring and pinion teeth.
The rear wheel anti-lock (RWAL) brake speed sensor is attached to the top, forward exterior of the differential housing. A seal is located between the sensor and the wire harness connector. The seal must be in place when the wire connector is connected to the sensor. The RWAL brake exciter ring is press-fitted onto the differential case against the ring gear flange.
The differential case for the standard differential is a one-piece design. The differential pinion mate shaft is retained with a roll pin. Differential bearing preload and ring gear backlash are adjusted by the use of shims located between the differential bearing cones and case. Pinion bearing preload is set and maintained by the use of solid shims.
Axles equipped with a Trac-Lok(TM) differential are optional for the 286 RBI axle. A Trac-lok differential contains two clutch packs, four pinion gears, and a one-piece pinion mate cross shaft to provide increased torque to the non-slipping wheel in addition to the standard differential components. A Trac-lok differential for the 286 RBI axle has a two-piece differential case.
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