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Old 02-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #61
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What happened to the compressor?

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:55 PM   #62
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I know, right? There is a reputible driveshaft shop pretty close by, but I knda want to do business with Dave at Rokmen. He was great to me when I was talking to him about skids. Plus I know I can't go wrong with the Tom Woods I would get from him.
Yeah I get ya, but I always support local shops when I can... I mean locally owned, no chains.

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:16 PM   #63
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Okay. Let the axle changing commence!

The Old...



Pulled the ABS cables out from the plugs back to the axle.



Removing original e-brake cables.




This is how the original breather tube and brake distribution block was set up. The barb held the block in place and provided the vent all in one. The 8.8 is a little different as you will see.



In this picture you can see they welded a stud to hold the distribution block and the vent barb is visible in the lower left of the picture.



Got it out!


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Old 02-11-2011, 09:23 PM   #64
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Sway bar bolted on to the 8.8 and it's ready to put under the Jeep.



Under and control arms hooked up.




These things are pretty cool, they keep your springs from falling off should you have enough flex in the rear to get them loose.






Here's the brake distribution block set in place on the new axle and tightened up.

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:26 PM   #65
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Air line routing.







Speedo gear change. (Which is just as far off in the other direction now as it was before)



Bleeding the brakes.

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:43 PM   #66
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Looking good Josh!! Wish I could wheel with you when you get her all done!
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Looks good under there Josh. Sorry to hear about the compressor.
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Looking good Josh!! Wish I could wheel with you when you get her all done!
Thanks Jordan. Today was stressful so positive comments mean a lot.

I too hope we can meet up some day and wheel. (Or fly. Or both)
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Looks good under there Josh. Sorry to hear about the compressor.
I know, right? Oh well, if that's the worst that happens during the build I'll take it gladly. (I still have to split the t-case ya know...)
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Looking damn good Josh.
Must be nice to have a garage to work on the Heep in.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:50 PM   #71
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Looks like they did a great job on that axel.
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Looking damn good Josh.
Must be nice to have a garage to work on the Heep in.
It is nice. I never expected to have a shop at my age. Just got lucky I guess.

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Looks like they did a great job on that axel.
They did an excllent job on the axle. Every single thing about it was absolutely dead nuts perfect. No misalignment, nothing off. PERFECT. I called them once today to ask a question and they asked me how I liked it. I told them it was beautiful. They did awesome work, and I would recommend them to anyone wanting an 8.8 for their TJ.

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It is nice. I never expected to have a shop at my age. Just got lucky I guess.



They did an excllent job on the axle. Every single thing about it was absolutely dead nuts perfect. No misalignment, nothing off. PERFECT. I called them once today to ask a question and they asked me how I liked it. I told them it was beautiful. They did awesome work, and I would recommend them to anyone wanting an 8.8 for their TJ.

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I wish I would have known about them a few months ago. I am happy with my S35 but it wasn't my first choice.
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Josh, I called my insurance agent Wednesday and changed the policy on my Wrangler. I explained to him what I have done and what it has cost. I now have a Customized Vehicle policy. In short it covers what I told them it was worth. Took some photos and done. Cost me $200 more a year. I would be sick if someone stole it and I only got $4k.

You may have already done this.
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Josh, I called my insurance agent Wednesday and changed the policy on my Wrangler. I explained to him what I have done and what it has cost. I now have a Customized Vehicle policy. In short it covers what I told them it was worth. Took some photos and done. Cost me $200 more a year. I would be sick if someone stole it and I only got $4k.

You may have already done this.
It has been on my mind since I started dumping truckloads of money into it. I'm saving all of my receipts for that purpose. Thanks for looking out man.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:48 AM   #76
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Today was stressful so positive comments mean a lot.
I too hope we can meet up some day and wheel. (Or fly. Or both)

Josh - You got a ton done yesterday!! If you need any help give me a call. I didnt know you were going to do that much yesterday or I would have stopped by.

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Looking great Josh. You can't call this thing a barbie jeep for much longer after all of this!

It's a A-Team jeep!

Just remember 3 deg on the rear shaft angle. It makes all the differance in the world.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #78
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absolutely no possible way that anyone would recommend using lockers in 4w Hi...because if you are going that fast you don't need lockers! And with the lockers on, take a tight turn around an obstacle and hit that skinny pedal...the torque from the locker will snap an axle shaft in an instant. My son found out the hard way after installing lockers in his cherokee.
There is a good REASON why Rubicons have the 'interlock' on them to prevent activation in anything BUT 4wd LOW...and the factory manual says to keep speed under 15 mph!
BUT if someone doesn't want to listen and thinks they know better...good suggestion is to carry spare axles!
I don't have as much trail experience as some on here. Nor do I have as nice a rig as some on here. Nor do I have strongest axles as some on here. Nor do I have ARB lockers like some on here. I have lunch box lockers!

But I will be wheeling in 4 hi locked up and if they break, they break. I have a V8 a dana 30 and amc 20 rear and I'm gonna run in 4hi.
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Looking great Josh. You can't call this thing a barbie jeep for much longer after all of this!

It's a A-Team jeep!

Just remember 3 deg on the rear shaft angle. It makes all the differance in the world.
I'm not sure what I'm going to have to do about that Ed. The guys at ECGS set the brackets so that the pinion angle would be very close for 4-5" of lift. (2.5" suspension lift and 2.5" higher skid plate) I ran the new upper control arms all the way in and they are probably 3/16" or so longer center to center than the stock ones. Guess I'll have to wait until I get the shaft in to set it.
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Ageless , random question . what did you pay for that camera mounted on your skid? Was it a go hero?
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What happened to the compressor?
Yes agree what happened
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Ageless , random question . what did you pay for that camera mounted on your skid? Was it a go hero?
Whoops thought I was in the last person to post thread
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Ageless , random question . what did you pay for that camera mounted on your skid? Was it a go hero?
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No worries. It was a GoPro HD Hero. I don't have one yet, but I will asap. See it here. GoPro Official Store: Wearable Digital Cameras for Sports

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Manifold is busted where the pressure switch threads in. Massive air leakage...
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Whoops thought I was in the last person to post thread
Also, I understand how you could make that mistake, since I have a few thousand posts in that thread, but I do post in other areas too...
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Josh, you running the stock track bars?
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:55 PM   #86
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Josh, you running the stock track bars?
Nope. I have the JKS adjustable track bars. I bought the "Ultimate" kit from Dirk. Click here and scroll down to see what I have.
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Thought so - just couldn't remember where I read that.
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Thought so - just couldn't remember where I read that.
Now you know, and knowing, as they say, is half the battle.

That info can also be found in my Jeep profile, which will be due for a update in another week or so.
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I'm ordering a JKS rear track bar next week or two is why I asked. The front RE bar is fine, but I need one in the rear and since I've been throwing money at the Jeep lately, might as well get one to center the rear.
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Must be nice to have a garage to work on the Heep in.
And the talent to do it! Even if I had a shop I wouldn't attempt what you are doing Josh. I do some simple stuff myself, like LED taillights, corner guards, bumper install and stuff like that, but nothing like what you do. Kudos my friend! Great work!

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