Looked at teh parts and money needed to do an AX15 swap.
My wallet is crying already.
I got a rebuilt ax15, adapter, rear 8.25, 4:10 gears for both front and rear, and all installed for about $2000. After calling around most "stores" around here charge about 1300 for gear installs alone.
Got everything back together from phase 1 of the 4" Rough Country lift install. Learned all about how to work with brake lines. The brake hose and a section going from the hose to the line coming from the master cylinder are replaced, spliced on with a compression fitting from NAPA. Took 4 parts store stops to find the left front spring mount bolt (not the shackle side, the frame side), ended up finding a 4" at Lowe's which was a 1/4" shorter than the factory bolt but worked fine.
Found a trick to bleeding the brakes, which is to do it while it's running. My previous cars didn't seem to care.
The muffler was rattling really bad so I put a sheet metal screw right into the middle of it and now it is quiet again
Loaded all the tools up and finally drove 'er home from my buddy's garage on a 4" lift Very stiff, drove great, still need to do transfer case drop and pitman arm.
Pics coming soon, time to update my signature!
1995 YJ "Mabel", 2.5L Muncie SM465 np231j 4.88's HP30 Lockright JK 44 Detroit 33s CJ clip
Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
found an old Igloo cooler/car console at a garage sale. It's plastic, has two cup holders and has just the right curve on the bottom to fit over the trans hump. Painted it with plastic paint, and used sheet metal screws to bolt it down. It's a great console for cell phones, maps, change, etc. Doesn't lock but that's what the Tuffy box in the back is for. And it cost a total of $4.
Drive like you're going somewhere.
Well, yesterday I got it back from the shop. There for an alignment, but I also learned that the front axle is not the original one. But it's still a D30 from a late 80's YJ, I believe so it all works out. It also needed new front calipers, because they were the original from the other axle and never changed. And it needed a new tie rod because the idiot PO welded the adjuster thing or something. And needed new ball joints. (There goes $1,145 ) That's all fixed now though, and it drives easy and straight... until the 4wd kicks in.
That'll be fixed since today I received my Posi-Lock which I'll be starting to install tomorrow. I was just puttering with it today, mostly: cleaned the soft top windows and windshield. I can actually see through them now!
$1,145 for alignment, calipers, tie rod and ball joints??????????????????
Calipers: $60 TOPS for both parts
Tie Rod: $100 for parts(assuming the drag link was not replaced)
Ball joints: $100ish
Where is the other $800????????????????
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Bought speaker wire and Two 6x9 box's, wired up My Alpine 6x9s. After wiring up the passenger side speaker (easy), went on the the drivers side and WOW! What a rats nest of wires. So i am just going to buy a new deck and rewire all the speakers!
replaced an exploded idler pulley in the parking lot at work. a horrible rattling, grinding noise came up less than a mile from my job and it turned out the bearing had just vaporized. the belt almost came off altogether but the pulley was still hanging on the bolt, keeping the belt from going totally slack. thankfully the local Pep Boys had the part in stock.