the good: locker is in, we jacked it up an both the fronts spin
the bad: when we put it back down i forgot to take it out of 4wd so im sure that wasnt good for it at all... the brakes where a little weird in the front and sometimes it made popping sounds, but supposedly thats normal. we also broke another one of my lug bolt-things so i guess i have to take that down to walmart to get it fixed because i just dont want to take those wheels off again... such a pain to put back on!
all in all though it worked out well, i will just have to play it out. i have some pics and a quick video that i will upload tonight!
okay so how my last two days went... we began Saturday morning with everything we though we would need minus an air gun which we were going to go get later. we jacked it up, pulled the wheels off pulled the axle shafts out a few inches on both sides open up the draining diff housing and began removing bolts on the C claps. this is when problem number one occurred. we couldn't get the carrier out of the diff, and had no idea why. hes a fire fighter so we went down to the station and grabbed one of those terrifying looking fireman crow bar things that looks like it could have been used it 300. when we got back we pryed at it with that for like 30 minutes and then it hit me. the YJ axle shafts are in three parts not just two, and i remembered that from doing the shift fork mod from the vacume hose thing earlier this year. so i popped the cap on that, moved the shaft over, and it came right out. then the ten bolts on the top of the carrier refused to come off. so we went to the guy that i fabricate all of my armor's house and borrowed an air gun, then went back to the station, and used their air compressor. it got two of the bolts off then nothing. so at that point it was like 4pm which is 7 hours after starting so we decided to soak them in wd40 and call it a night.
this morning i got there around 9:30, we put the carrier in a vice, and took maul (???) some kind of giant fireman axe thing and bashed on the bolts until they came off. eventually we go them all. then we used a punch, knocked the pins out, took all the spider gears out and i finnally opened the plastic on the locker. once everything was out of the plastic it took me all of 3 and a half minutes to get everything into the carrier, pull the wires, and get the pins punched back in. that was annoying. then putting everything back together was cake. just a much better day.
the obnoxious brakes
the tie rod getting in the way of everything...
and the locker
bad news is i dont get to field test it til i return from vacation.
projects this week... i need to replace wheel stud bolts on my front wheels, one on each side. i forgot to do it during the locker install so now i get to pull everything apart. i tried to take the lazy way out but the shop quoted me $312 so i decided i would just do it myself. on the not-so-dark side i am going to buy a grinding wheel for my grinder tonight so i can grind out all the imperfections in the spar tire carrier, and then im giving that to a friend to paint while im on vacation. i also ordered up a new winch plate, and it should be here by friday, in time for me to take a look at it before i have to lock it up for vacation. when i get back, the spare tire carrier goes on, gas cans get gas, full sized spare will be purchased, winch will be installed, and i will go wheeling
yeah im ready for a break. my yj is no longer getting older, its getting newer. haha i also forgot to buy the grinding wheel so i will probably be doing that tomorrow. i will have to have it all ground down and sanded by the time i leave
I've been reading your thread. Great job, you've put a lot of work into it!
Originally Posted by Zombiekiller
gas cans get gas,
Just a tip, I'd only put gas in the cans when you're going wheeling, and then transfer it to the tank whenever possible afterwards. A full jerry can weighs about 40 pounds each. All that extra weight is gonna put a lot of stress on your carrier.
okay so i did my lug studs, it took about 45 minutes. easy. also i got the grinder from my buddy so i can do that tomorrow before i leave for vacation. id go ahead and do it now but i have to start getting ready for Outback Steakhouse
very true, it really applies here... i havent wheeled it in like 2 months because i keep finding stuff broken... the muffler, the lug studs, some weird engine noises, tranny fluid, its just been obnoxious. when i get back, put the winch on, and grind, sand and paint the bumper im going wheeling
I plan to... Idk if you know of the rock hammer stinger for the TJs but it has little "wings" for lack of a brtter term that go around the headlights and I think it's kinda cool... I'm gonna throw my YJ twist on there and see if I like it, I'll keep you updated with pics, I think your the only one who still reads this :P