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06-23-2014 09:18 AM
rykemc

Thought I would update with some action video and pictures so those who followed this build could see what it can do.
10-01-2013 01:08 AM
Wombat Ranger What an awesome build. Seeing stuff like this makes me want to go nuts on mine, but I dont have space or time for that. Very cool. On a side note I love my Rubicon Express 4.5" suspension as well. I don't plan on ever changing the springs.
08-20-2013 07:07 PM
rykemc
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Originally Posted by brachilius View Post
Thank you very much. Looks like I will have to buy these shafts. Too good to pass up.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
08-20-2013 07:04 PM
brachilius Thank you very much. Looks like I will have to buy these shafts. Too good to pass up.
08-20-2013 06:04 PM
rykemc
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Originally Posted by brachilius View Post
How long is your rear driveshaft? I am curious as I am putting an 8.8 in mine with soa. I found a used tom woods on craigslist for $100. It has about a 16.5 to 17 running length.

Measures 16.5" center to center. I am also running the adapter flange to fit the jeep shaft to the 8.8
08-20-2013 05:20 AM
darcong [QUOTE=cosmokramer;4093024]This build is ridiculously awesome. When you do it, you do it right!

Great choices, looks awesome, sounds like it drives awesome, and most importantly it's exactly what YOU want.

X2!
08-19-2013 09:43 PM
rykemc I don't drive it in the real cold months because I take my two young daughters to school. And unlike me, they have not fully embraced the YJ lifestyle of not having a real good heater. They like the one in my truck better.
08-19-2013 08:11 PM
brachilius I am running the same sye. That would be awesome if you could measure it. I can pick up the Tom woods rear and tj front for $150. I already have the cv yoke installed on my 231.
08-19-2013 08:04 PM
darcong
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Originally Posted by rykemc View Post
Interior will be a winter project when I put it away for the winter. I say I DD my rig but in the dead of winter I just drive my truck. Plus I am in the process of buying my business partner out so that final figure will determine if I get to do what I want as far as the interior goes or wait a little longer. As you can see the YJ can be taken in many different directions depending on what the owner wants to do. And is a very, very capable off road vehicle whether its stock, slightly modified or built all out.
I have made my decision, my first Jeep will be a YJ, not even looking at any others now (except maybe harleydragon's bad boy CJ lol, wish i could afford it). How come you don't drive it in the winter? Are you trying to preserve it from the elements or are YJs not known for good heating in the cab?
08-19-2013 08:01 PM
rykemc I think mine was around 16.5". I was worried when I put my 8.8 in that I would have some kind of bastard shaft length but it was pretty close to what it would have been with the D35. I can measure tomorrow to make sure. I am also running an Advance Adapters SYE.
08-19-2013 07:42 PM
brachilius How long is your rear driveshaft? I am curious as I am putting an 8.8 in mine with soa. I found a used tom woods on craigslist for $100. It has about a 16.5 to 17 running length.
08-19-2013 07:36 PM
rykemc
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Originally Posted by darcong View Post
Finally finished reading the whole thread, well done... magnificent rig brother. How is the interior coming along? Been some time since your last update...

Interior will be a winter project when I put it away for the winter. I say I DD my rig but in the dead of winter I just drive my truck. Plus I am in the process of buying my business partner out so that final figure will determine if I get to do what I want as far as the interior goes or wait a little longer. As you can see the YJ can be taken in many different directions depending on what the owner wants to do. And is a very, very capable off road vehicle whether its stock, slightly modified or built all out.
08-19-2013 07:24 PM
darcong Finally finished reading the whole thread, well done... magnificent rig brother. How is the interior coming along? Been some time since your last update...
08-18-2013 09:02 PM
cosmokramer Point taken! Inspired. Gonna build up confidence with some smaller projects on the jeep and move on up. Thanks again for the thread.
08-18-2013 08:23 PM
rykemc Thank you Cosmo, but honestly I really believe anyone with a decent understanding of how an automobile woks and decent mechanical skills can do everything I have done to my jeep. I cant weld but there is a welding shop right up the street from my shop and he does my welding. I wanted this build to show others, those with average to above average skill, that they too could build their jeep just like they want it. Granted I do have an advantage in that I have a nice big shop and employees that help. But I really believe this build could have been done in a two car garage and buddies over helping out while enjoying time together and a couple of cold beers.
08-18-2013 02:52 PM
cosmokramer This build is ridiculously awesome. When you do it, you do it right!

Great choices, looks awesome, sounds like it drives awesome, and most importantly it's exactly what YOU want.

I can't wait to see how you chose to do the interior. Though I don't have your skill set or resources, I'm inspired for sure. Keep it up, thanks for contributing!
05-01-2013 12:20 AM
Keymo Phase two better be sooner than later! I'm lovin' your build!
04-30-2013 01:42 PM
rykemc Got everything buttoned up and took it for a test drive. Every thing worked great and no leaks.
So for now I am happy with the jeep and pretty much done with this phase of the build. Next phase will be working on the interior and cage but I need to wait for the funds for that. Maybe next winter I'll start on that.
I would like to say thanks to all who posted and commented on my build thread. I really do appreciate all of your very kind comments. I'll start this thread back up during phase two.





04-28-2013 01:24 PM
kywaterman That rearend does look sweet man, you've done a great job on the jeep.
04-28-2013 10:57 AM
Welder Great build! Very motivational.
04-27-2013 10:56 PM
rykemc M.O.R.E. Mountain Off Road Enterprises. You can go to their website and find it there. I really like it.
04-27-2013 10:46 PM
Tx 91 YJ
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Originally Posted by rykemc View Post
Where did you find that diff cover?
04-27-2013 09:47 PM
rykemc
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Originally Posted by daddyjeep View Post
Looks like the Jeep is flexing good with the RE springs. So... are you getting new shocks or relocating the mounts on the axle?
I relocated the upper shock mount. Going to see how that does for now. If I still have problems I will look at either changing shocks or extending the lower shock mounts.
04-27-2013 09:42 PM
daddyjeep Looks like the Jeep is flexing good with the RE springs. So... are you getting new shocks or relocating the mounts on the axle?
04-27-2013 04:48 PM
rykemc
04-27-2013 04:46 PM
rykemc Well got the rear end all back together. Wear pattern on the gears looked good so we just stuck it back in and will run it like that. C-clip axles are all in and cover is on. Only thing left to do is run the brake lines and install it back in my jeep. Hopefully Monday that will all happen. Here is a little bit of eye candy for ya'll. Went with the M.O.R.E diff cover and really like it. It is very stout and I think looks very good. Really like the "JEEP" logo on it.
04-27-2013 10:44 AM
rykemc Got the carrier and pinion out. Actually turns out all the bearings are fine so I am just going to install them back into the housing. First though I am going to install my c-clip eliminator kit. I bought the super 88 kit from superior. Very nice looking kit and the instructions I down loaded from their site are very easy to read and follow.
The biggest problem I had with this install was the mental part of it. Had a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact I had to cut the ends off the tube. So I grabbed my big boy panties and decided to go for broke. Turned out it was a pretty easy install. Here are some pictures.

Cutting end of tube. Used cutoff wheel on my die grinder. Instructions recommended using a electric grinder with a 4" cut off wheel but I am more comfortable using my die grinder.





Here is what the ends looks like after cutting. Must make sure the ridge next to the flange is still there. After I made my cut then I took the grinder and smoothed everything out along with a scotch pad on my die grinder. Then some emory cloth to make sure there are no burrs on the inside of the tube. You must remove the axle bearing and the race that is inside the tube. That race was a pain in the butt to get out. Not sure if it was just really stuck in there or my puller was a piece of crap but I ended up cutting 4 notches in the race so it would come out. That did the trick.





Now it was on to installing the spacer for the c-clip elim. Pretty straight forward and easy to do. Superior includes the hardware and instructions to make this process a snap. I did use black RTV silicone between the spacer and the axle flange.
















Now it was time to install my caliper bracket and dust plate. No big deal with this also it went on with no problems. The instructions did say that the dust plate may need to be modified to fit, I had no problems with mine. Then it was time to test fit the axle. Axle went in with no problems.




I did install the wheel studs after I pulled the axle back out. They will need to be installed before the final install of the shaft.
Shot of the axles with bearing and retainers installed.




Pretty much all I have gotten done so far. After work today I'll get the axle all cleaned up and painted then install the gears and final installation of the axle shaft. Hopefully have the jeep back on the road late this afternoon or Monday.
04-01-2013 05:35 PM
rykemc Pulled drive shaft and yoke. Pinion bearing is freaking GONE!!! That was one component of the drive line we did not rebuild. Oh well guess its time to do that and install my c-clip elim and my chromoly axles.
04-01-2013 11:27 AM
88 Red Wrangler this is such a great post! Jeep looks fantastic, you and your crew did an amazing job on her. Thanks for sharing!
04-01-2013 10:44 AM
rykemc




























Like the decorations for our tent?

The last picture of the rock formation of the cross is something I wanted to tell yall about. The whole weekend was a blast. Driving the jeep around, spending time with friends and family, all the food, drink and laughter was so fun but having Easter service on top of a mountain standing next to this cross was an experience I will never forget. Being among some of the best people I have been blessed to meet, seeing all of God's creation and glory and then having one of the best services of my life will remain with me for ever. It was a truly wonderful weekend.

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