|04-13-2014 01:57 PM|
Got the other fender mounted today. Still have some trimming to do to make the TJ grille fit.
Then bolt up the tube fenders to it.
Also figured out my grille body mount had a 2" hole rusted through it so I fixed that as well.
|04-12-2014 11:49 PM|
Today consisted of some more Jeep building. I am thankful for having a couple of days off work, and nice weather at the same time for once.
I fiddled around with the 8.8 some more checking out pinion angle some more. At ride height they are both 7.2/7.4* and driveshaft spins freely. However, when at full leaf spring droop currently, my driveshaft binds big time. I'd prefer to avoid getting an sye and cv driveshaft right now if I could, but I don't have an idea on avoiding that one.
Got new rear discs and pads on the 8.8, and adjusted the parking brake shoes inside as well. Then welded in some scrap steel on the back of each perch where I'm going to mount the rubber end of each brake hose.
And started on the front tube fenders. Which is a pita!
The end for today..
I still have a hell of a to do list for it...
|04-12-2014 07:36 AM|
So I've had this ford explorer 8.8 sitting around for quite a while. Finally had time to start working on it and get it put in the Jeep.
The kit I bought from EastCoastGearSupply came with a 1310 u-joint yoke, the hardened bolts for the yoke to axle flange, the axle to spring perches, u bolts & plates, shock mounts, and new emergency brake cables.
I spent a LOT of time in the morning cutting off and grinding down the old axle hardware.
Here are a couple of pics.
I'll try to post some more today but it got dark on me last night.
Setting pinion angle at ride height.
|04-09-2014 09:41 AM|
|indirocz28||I bought them from e-auto grilles on eBay. But they use the smittybilt instructions.|
|04-08-2014 11:31 PM|
|04-08-2014 10:16 PM|
Well, been working my ass off so that I can get this build nearly finished up.
So here are some pics!
Pulled out the D35 today.
Soon to be installed
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|03-26-2014 07:41 AM|
Who did that for you?
|03-25-2014 08:49 PM|
|daddyjeep||Gross. You are really going to put that on your YJ?|
|03-25-2014 08:06 PM|
|03-25-2014 07:29 PM|
Started on my TJ grille today.
Then set it in front of my girlfriends TJ to see how it looked.
|03-24-2014 07:23 PM|
I have read too many bad things about the revolver shackles.
What I really want is coils.
So maybe eventually I'll go with the pro comp pn: j10517
|03-24-2014 06:31 PM|
|daddyjeep||I hear ya. You will figure it out. A buddy of mine is running revolvers on the shackle end and z boxes on the frame end. Flexes great. Something to consider.|
|03-24-2014 06:22 PM|
|indirocz28||Lol something will happen when the wallet allows|
|03-24-2014 06:00 PM|
|daddyjeep||That is less than impressive sorry to say. Ready for links yet?|
|03-24-2014 01:17 PM|
Just a pic from yesterday showing how my YJ doesn't flex.. Front right tire IS up off the ground...
|03-17-2014 08:31 PM|
The springs have been noted to be shorter in lengths than what they need to be. The way they have the packs clamped together is too tight. Their bushings wear out fast, and the springs don't have a military wrap. (Well they have a 4.5" kit now that does, but it doesn't look like it will flex and move like it needs to for off road flexing and crawling)
|03-17-2014 01:39 PM|
|MyRed88||Nice build! Your jeep looks kinda like mine. I also plan to do the 8.8 in the rear and 35s but I'm not sure what to do about a lift kit|
|03-16-2014 08:27 PM|
So I got lucky last night and found another NP231J out of another YJ. Only down side was that it was for a 4cyl and had the 21 spline input instead of the 23.
So today I pulled both cases apart and looked over everything and put together one. Good news is that now I have some spare parts!
|03-15-2014 05:46 PM|
Took it out for the first time with the 35's on today. Much to my surprise after beating it up for a few hours it wasn't the front axle or the driveshaft that gave way. It was my input shaft for my transfer case.
Here is the carnage:
Same spot that I broke an axle shaft on last fall. Same spot I've watched many people try to get up locked front and rear and not make it. I've made it up several times when its been dry, but today there was no way. No one made it up except a giant truck on 44's and rockwells.
YJ Front Driveshaft Yoke Break - YouTube
|03-12-2014 09:51 PM|
Added some 35s today.
Have a lot of work to do upcoming to make the Jeep actually work and the lift kit and leafs perform how they should. Not to mention the 8.8 swap and re-gearing to 4.88s.
So don't make fun of my flex (or lack there of) yet! lol
This corner was already bent from my 32" JK Rubicon wheels and tires.
So I ended up the day with this, since they have been sitting around for about 6 months now.
|03-10-2014 07:34 PM|
Going to start on messing with the 8.8 swap, and figuring out SUA leaf spring flex and shock travel soonish. I think I can get it to flex more and stay SUA. I know that I am limited in down travel of my shocks right now front and rear and when Jeep is on bump stops I still have 4" unused up travel of the shocks in the front for sure. Didn't crawl under the rear to measure.
|03-03-2014 01:40 PM|
|Dixie fix||I hope it holds up well for you, it's something is consider if it does. I've been watching your thread for awhile now.|
|03-03-2014 01:31 PM|
Now, I will agree that depending on gear ratio, and type of terrain, that perhaps a lunch box locked D30 may not suffice. Buuut Im all about the stages of building and pushing it until I need to upgrade.
I wheeled my Jeep harder when it was Open Open, the front locker just makes it seem to take stress off of wheeling so far and makes obstacles easier.
Time will tell though!
|03-03-2014 10:52 AM|
Oh yeah I know people do it, but it's not for me. As far as the d35 yeah it's garbage we all know that. Hints why I have a 8.8.
Now that 10 year warranty sounds nice! I'll look into them
|03-02-2014 10:48 PM|
Dixie, I have upgraded to chromoly shafts in the front. 10 yr warranty from G2.
Not scared of anything. Lol
I'm mostly scared of the D35. Seeing how I tend to put stuff to the test.
|03-02-2014 10:22 PM|
|daddyjeep||There are a lot of guys running the D30 locked with 35's. The rear D35 is the ticking time bomb, which India has addressed. I think it will hold up fine.|
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