Pinion preload is close; not set 100%, but close. I was just getting a test run done before I went crazy in case the pinion shim had to be changed. Backlash is currently at about .008, it was at .012 first shot, but I didn't want it that loose with new gears especially, so tightened it up. I still want to get it closer to .010 but I can't for the life of me tell if the pattern is good or not. It sure as hell looks like it's wiping the whole gear and that the pattern is deep enough, but I can't tell where the ring gear is lifting off the pinion. I want to be sure it's not going off the edge of the gear tooth.
I see all these patterns online and it just looks like everyone has this nice distinct pattern exactly where the gear is wiping. Mine it seems like it just wipes the compound completely off the ring gear. I want to say I have a perfect pattern but this isn't something I want to guess at, I'd like to get a pattern I can better read.