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Old 01-14-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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My 99 TJ Winter Complete Build

I decided to store my Jeep for the winter and tear it down and build it. I am not going cheap!! And I am having a blast. Here is some of my progress. Ill start with my front axle.
Pulled out of the Jeep. Sandblasted (notice Ford 8.8 behind it). Primed, Some powder coating, some paint. Jeep is getting geared to 4.88. I also put it in all new ball joints/all joints. I have alloy axle tube seals, new bearings, new seals.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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Have a feeling this is going to be cool,subbed.

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Old 01-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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Yes! Thanks! I will be posting pics, asking questions, and answering questions as I go.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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What's your project budget?
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Just to have the time and money. Just dreaming again! Oh Ya and energy!
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Why in the world aren't you building a HP30? If you're gonna put all of this time and money into a 30, at least go with the stronger option.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #10
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What's your project budget?
Just is coming in with the wind. lol. Im not sure yet.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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Why in the world aren't you building a HP30? If you're gonna put all of this time and money into a 30, at least go with the stronger option.
Prolly should of went with the High Pinion. But thats ok. I heard the main difference is the few inches of clearance. JP mag wrote an article with all the differences.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #12
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So you're running the 8.8 now? What year and model is that out of?
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So you're running the 8.8 now? What year and model is that out of?
Its not installed yet. I have the axle and parts. Im starting with the front. The 8.8 is out of an 01 Explorer.
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Prolly should of went with the High Pinion. But thats ok. I heard the main difference is the few inches of clearance. JP mag wrote an article with all the differences.
A few inches of clearance, yes. But you're not understanding what comes with that clearance.

The pinion is running on the drive side of the ring gear instead of the coast side. That provides stronger teeth engagement.

It is far easier to run satisfactory caster numbers with the pinion inline (or within a couple degrees) with the drive shaft. With higher driveline angle requirements, this is critical.

The drive shaft is no longer down in the rocks. It's now above the frame rails and control arms, much more protected than it was before.

The housing itself is stiffer due to the extra ribs.
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Funny they would take it away from newer jeeps
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Funny they would take it away from newer jeeps
My guess is they did it due to up travel concerns. The factory was very 'inefficient' in how much slop, or margin, they left for error. The HP is an all around better axle and only costs $100 or so from a junkyard. You're spending money on a LP30, something I would never recommend doing.
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My guess is they did it due to up travel concerns. The factory was very 'inefficient' in how much slop, or margin, they left for error. The HP is an all around better axle and only costs $100 or so from a junkyard. You're spending money on a LP30, something I would never recommend doing.
Its kind of to late.
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