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Once the we believed we had the proper backlash set, we used gear marking compound to check the pattern wear on the teeth of the ring gear. There are about 18 different illustrations in the instruction booklet that deal with acceptable wear patterns. Needless to say, we won't include those in this article. As you can see the gear wear pattern on our ring gear is as close to center as we could get it, which, according to the instructions and Randy's book is acceptable.