If anyone is following along, you probably noticed the photos above don't exactly follow the "repairs" I had to make to the carrier. I actually put the axle shafts back in last night and left the cross pin in without the retaining bolt to keep the spider gears and shafts/c-clips in place. I finished my carrier project today before working on the brake lines/calipers.
I actually put the rotors/pads/calipers on last night before leaving because the paint was pretty much dry at both axle ends. I did have to swap the calipers side to side today after looking at them and realizing I had installed them with the bleeder screws on the bottom. I figured that since air travels up, I probably should have installed them with the bleeders on the top. A quick call to FFJeep since I don't have interweb access at the station and he checked here on JF for me and let me know that I should have indeed installed with the bleeders on top. A quick two minute swap, and I was on to working on the hard lines. I bought the 8.8 kit from ECGS that included new rotors, brake pads, e-brake shoes, hard lines, and braided stainless flex lines. It also includes new e-brake cables to meet up with the YJ cable at the frame.
Frame to axle extended brake line included with the Crown set I installed a couple of weeks ago.
Brake lines and hardware from ECGS....
Driver side done. I attached the new mounting tab to the back of the spring perch where the OEM lines had been attached with a different fitting. I wire-wheeled the paint off the perch end and welded these on rather than using self tappers to hold them.
For the passenger side, I chose to weld the mounting tab to the perch there as well. The hard line for this side that was in the kit was not going to be long enough, so I used some 3/16 line that I had left over from the earlier repair along the frame and bent/double flared a longer stainless line for this side. I followed the factory path and used the OEM tabs when possible along the tube.
Before finishing today, I primed and painted the perch ends I welded to and also the retaining tab on the top of the diff housing.
I didn't paint the diff cover because I have a new RuffStuff on it's way...
After getting this under the Heep FINALLY, I'll go measure for the DS and get it ordered. Probably going to go with a Tatton. Other than the DS and some new shocks, this is the next project on the list.....
Thanks again for reading about my little project. As always, I appreciate any comments, ideas, or feedback!!!