2005 Red Brawn Xterra S 4x4
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Whittier, CA
R180 Axle Question - Should I Open it Up?
I am slowly acquiring parts to upgrade my 2005 S to 3.69 gearing with an e-locker. I recently found a seller on ebay that had a reman axle for sale. When I asked him who did the reman and where the gears were sourced from he said that it was actually a new part, but since it wasn't boxed and he had no paperwork to prove it, he was advertising it as a reman.
The seller seemed reputable and had a lot of transactions with good feedback, so I decided to roll the dice and buy it. It arrived the other day and it looks to be in good shape. At least as far as I can tell from the outside. Which leads me to my question. Do you think I should open it up and inspect the inside before I install it? Is there a way to verify the gear ratio without opening it up?