Well got all the tires mounted last night, went better than I thought it would. The Super Swampers went on the rims very easily and using my cordless impact screw gun and a 40" v-belt between the beadlock ring and the rim the torquing went very smoothly, still took many hours, but easier than doing it all by hand like last time.
New vs Old
Well it's been a while since any update, but I must say I like these tires offroad, not as nice on the road but livable (not why I bought them). Have a couple of trips on them now and have found they work well at about 7-8 psi, started at 6 but found it was too soft, no bead issues but they sat on the sidewall too easy. After this last trip, I found a few things I want to fix/change. First the Yukon Zip air locker was intermitently leaking, found that I had too much play in the carrier so I'll re-shim the carrier, also found that a couple of the carrier bolt locks had fallen off, Randy's was nice enough to ship me the parts free. Also bent the rear bow on the soft top after a fight with a tree, when I phoned Bestop they were able to get me the entire assembly for about $155 plus shipping. Then I noticed that the steering pump was starting to make noises and the effort was getting harder, especially at idle so I ordered up a PSC steering pump and cooler. Finally I was getting tired of the body lean during certain off camber events and after seeing others with front antirock's I ordered up one of them too. So all the parts should come in next week and then I can get it all installed and be ready before heading out to the Catskills in 2 weeks. So for now I'm just taking everything apart and cleaned up so that when things arrive I just have to install them.
Last night I didn't get a lot done, but I did manage to take a carbide bit to the inside of the front tube and cleaned up some rust and the weld seam in preparation for the antirock install next week. Also started to pull the steering wheel as mine has chunks coming out of the leather, I've had another one that's in slightly better shape for a while, but didn't get to installing it yet. Found out that my puller wasn't big enough for the bolts, so I borrowed a different one today and I'll get it done tonight.
Got a bunch of parts in last night, so started by putting in the Anti-rock and the power steering pump. Anti-rock was easy, just follow the instructions.
Cleaned up the frame first.
Then hook it all up
Power steering pump was easy, the hard part was getting the reservoir to fit with everything else under the hood.
Still need to do the cooler for the power steering. I had ordered the PSC cooler and mounting bracket, but after looking at the work to get it installed and the fact that it had two relatively small opening that would restrict the A/C condenser and radiator I decided not to use it and instead ordered a heatsink style cooler, that should be plenty with the increase in fluid volume the PSC remote reservoir provides.
OK, so it's been a few weeks and got a couple things done, including some wheeling, last weekend in NY up in the Catskills with the Jeep Jamboree and this weekend in Michigan at the Rocks and Valleys Park. Didn't get the steering cooler until the day before we left for NY, so got that done between weekends. Hardest part is figuring out where to put it. Looked at the drivers wheel well, but I was short about an inch (isn't that always the case). So ended up putting it in the front grill, which is a fair bit of work to get in, including the taking out the drivers headlight, loosening off the radiator and condenser, filing a slot in the fins to fit around the support rods. Got it done, but not before having to find a new way to re-attach the condenser as those fasteners just spin in the brass, then replacing the rad when you poke a hole in while cutting said bolts. grrr. Anyway it's all repaired and working again.
Also found my front locker still leaking, so I pulled the front carrier out to see what was wrong and found locker air ring to be damaged, probably from banging around when the carrier loosened up. Ordered a new one and had to pay rush shipping to get it by the weekend, but at least it's back together and worked great this weekend. When I did get the locker back together the push to connect fitting for the air line was leaking, but it's m5 air line, which is not common, so I got some m6 fittings and lines and switched it out to make it more standard.
Only thing I still need to do is find out why the winch won't pull under moderate load. Noticed it towards the end of the previous weekend, it runs fine until it's loaded, but once there is a moderate amount of load it just stalls out. Not sure if the motors going out, possible as it's the original 8274 motor that got to be 20+ years old. I'll check all the connections to be sure that's not it. The solenoids were all replaced 2 years ago when I rebuilt the winch, but I'll check and make sure they are all working too. If anyone has any other thoughts, let me know.
Well, I went through all the cables, replaced the #4 ground cable with a #2 cable and cleaned the contacts and added some star washers to all the power cables at the solenoids and motor. After some good hard pulls on the weekend everything seems to be right back where it should be, so I must have had a loose connection somewhere. On to the next projects, but have to do some cleaning and house work first.
OK, so I started looking at redoing my front end this winter, It'll be getting a D44 with a bunch of goodies and a 3 link suspension. Have been collecting a few parts up to now, and today I got started on some cutting. I'd already stripped the axle and had it sandblasted so it was nice to work on.
Now that I have my new workbench setup and a few things cleaned up I got started on changing my full width pass drop D44 into a drivers drop TJ width D44. First I measured multiple times and then cut the long tube down as it'll now be the short tube.
Made a fairly neat cut along the hose clamp with my sawzall. Then cleaned up the end.
Then I cut off the short side C and cut the old tube out.
Then finally shortened the long side tube as it will be moved to the passenger side with a sleeve and truss.
Next I'll need to clean the tubes, make a sleeve and weld it back together.
Not a whole lot done, but I did get a tube machined to sleeve the axle. Started to weld up the 3 link bracket that I got from TMR and looked at where on the frame to mount it, still deciding on whether to go as close to the skid plate possible for a long arm or a little shorter for more of a mid arm, opinions welcome. Used a thin piece of sheet metal to make sure the joint wasn't going to be too tight, then welded it in, not as nice as the TMR welds but they won't move.
Also picked up a package from PSC to replace the current box with the wobbling output shaft.
The assist will wait until the new axle is ready but figured I'd run it without until then, unless it fits where the steering damper is now
The brace wasn't tight here yet and the skid plate not on, but once everything's you can't even see it anymore.
Nothing really to take pictures of, just put on my front wheel adapters and moved the rear wheel studs from the 5x4.5 holes to the 5x5.5 holes (glad they came drilled for both). Luckily I didn't have to pull the shafts to do it, just used the air hammer to push them out and the impact to pull them back in. Then made a template so I can drill the rotors for the 5x5.5 bolt circle, and put it all back together. Just have to wait for my wheels to come in now.