So I've got two big things going on now. Rust repair, and SOA. Beyond that I'm also doing the 8.8 swap and regearing two axles.
So rust first off. Frame and Body both need some TLC. Rear passenger spring mount needs major overhaul. Other spots around the tub. I know the main deal about this though; grind rot, cut new pieces, patch replacement, fishplates on top, and POR15 final. Will probably be doing this as I wait for parts elsewhere.
Rear passenger shackle mount
Rear passenger spring mount
Drivers floor board (this is why I love my carpet)
Rear driver spring mount
Now SOA! I've been reading as much as I could about it. I already have a 2" RC lift, and I'll be keeping those springs. With the 8.8 going in I need spring mounts, shock mounts, U-bolt plates, and U-bolts. MORE 98500 8.8 Axle Swap Kit
contains all this. For my Dana 30 in front I'm getting MORE 98103 Leaf Spring Mounts
. Do I need new lower shock mounts or spring plates? I'm planning on keeping all my upper shock mounts stock. $200 so far
I already ordered the JB4x4.com SOA steering bracket
to take care of highsteer. Don't know exactly what I need to change about the drag link but I'll cross that bridge when I get there. $160 so far
Shocks I haven't scoped out, because I'm waiting to see what my geometry looks like. Budgeted ~$200 for this.
I'm thinking about a Tom Woods driveshaft SYE
kit. From what I understand, this is will come with the necessary parts to do the SYE from the transfer case, as well as the extended CV driveshaft. ~$400 with core return, ~$500 without
Stainless steel brake extensions $80 for front. (don't know what I need for rear yet with the new 8.8).
So for SOA right now (excluding axle) I'm ~$1200, Why does this seem low?
I'm picking up the 8.8 tomorrow off of CL. Guy bought all new brakes (pads rotors calipers), axle seals, and bearings. Wanted to get rid of it all for $300! Its geared to 3.73 right now, but I plan to go to 4.56. Which brings me to my next set of questions. I want to regear both the 8.8 and D30 to 4.56, do either of these need to be reverse? Like if I buy regular gears will they not fit if its supposed to be reverse? I've scoped out both gear sets; Here (D30)
and Here (8.8)
are these good? ~$300 for gears (haven't factored in the install kits yet either)
So now my total comes up to ~$1800 for parts I need. I'm expecting (and prepared for) this number to go up.
Anyways, my main questions right now are if I NEED to extend the shock mounts, and if I'm looking at the right gears. TIA.