I've thought about it. Maybe just to see what I'm doing wrong.Could you bring it to the Dutchmen place by your house for a second opinion? I know that’s not a technical solution, but maybe it’ll save some hair?
Which two pictures are you referring to?The patterns are not the same in those two separate pictures. The one on the top left that you said looks like yours shows it too deep the pattern is at the bottom of the gear, almost in the groove. And the other one it is centered between the top and the bottom of the tooth
I was saying that the video states you adjust the pinion until the wear patterns on the coast and drive sides are across from each other. That's all he said as for getting it right. Then that image shows a situation in which the wear patterns are across from each other, but the pinion is too deep.
Then, the second set of patterns (which are all labeled as acceptable) have the wear out toward the toe and heel as acceptable, where others say if you have it out toward the toe and heel, you adjust pinion or backlash depending (and never say it's okay).
It seems to contradict and I don't know what to follow, and is why I am getting confused. No one seems to be able to give a clear, precise method to follow, and the patterns I get don't really match what I DO see in illustrations. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record.
No, this I was aware of. It does annoy me though, as it is that kinda biased thing you run into when people only discuss what they're working on, instead of the general principle. I remember when Iwas adjusting the pushrods' lengths on my engine (an inline 6) and so many writeups would say "if the wear mark on the valve stem is toward the intake valley, lengthen the rod. If it's toward the exhaust, shorten it". Not everyone's working on a V8...Just out of curiosity, are you getting confused on adding or removing pinion shims going by different charts? Keep in mind removing shims on a 9 inch moves The pinion closer to the ring gear and removing shims on other Styles such as in 8.8 move it farther away from the ring gear
But... I did know the Ford 9" is the opposite. Although it does get confusing again when it turns out it's a writeup for a Ford 9, and "adding a shim" and "subtracting a shim" are actually correct. Just say "move the pinion closer" or "move the pinion away".