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Unread 03-23-2010, 06:45 PM   #46
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Nice work there Eric. If you need a hand fixing your heep let me know. Looking forward to get mine done before the next trail ride. wish i had a locker of some sort for the rear at least

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Unread 03-24-2010, 01:34 AM   #47
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Nice! Thanks for the video.My kind of wheeling.
That Red YJ . it looked like , It was pretty BA Too. I wonder what was under the hood. almost sounds like a super charged v-8 .
You had quiet a bit of trail carnage lately. I cringe at the fender carnage. that one would have set me back an extra 450.$
And forgive me for not going back and reading everything, mainly because I have not got my beer yet. j/k But if I remember correct you had the L.s up front and not locked. it is almost hard to tell you are not locked up front. Nice Jeep !
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Unread 03-24-2010, 02:11 AM   #48
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i think i have wheeled with that red yj and if i remember correctly it has a 5.0 ford motor under the hood.
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Unread 03-24-2010, 03:35 AM   #49
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i think i have wheeled with that red yj and if i remember correctly it has a 5.0 ford motor under the hood.
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Unread 03-24-2010, 03:47 AM   #50
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. . . But if I remember correct you had the L.s up front and not locked. it is almost hard to tell you are not locked up front. Nice Jeep !
Tru-Trac in the front axle. They have a high bias ratio and work almost as good as a locker under most conditions (except when one of the axles is broken!) The main reason I have the Tru-Trac is because I still drive the vehicle on the road when it snows. ARB will be going in once I get a 4wd tow rig.
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Unread 03-24-2010, 04:34 PM   #51
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Sorry to hear about the carnage. Next time don't let the dog drive!
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Unread 04-04-2010, 07:43 PM   #52
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And now the fix. But first a few more pics of the damage. Here's a good shot of the stub shaft clearly showing where the yoke yielded:



The broken windshield. Fender bent back into the corner:



And the rear door. This was the first damage of the day:



Lower ball joint partially pressed back in on the trail. I drove out with it like this:



And now to the repairs. Here's the replacement Moog ball joints. I did both sides:



Alloy axle shafts and Spicer 5-760x u-joints. These u-joints are about the strongest you can get for a D30 without going stupid expensive (and just plain stupid):





Thanks to club member Jeff for owning a real ball joint press. I can't imagine doing this job without it:



A good shot of where the knuckle got peened when the yoke snapped. This is why we could not get the ball joint all the way back in on the trail:



One of my favorite tools of all time comes to the rescue again:



Going back together:





Torquing the "spindle" nuts. Interestingly, the nuts were barely finger tight when when I took them off despite torquing them to 180 ft-lbs when I installed them last summer. Strange! Need to check them this time. Snapped my expensive torque wrench but the back-up came through:





Drank alot of these along the way:



All back together and shiny:



Next step is the body work. Here's the parts vehicle (thanks to John!):



Now lets git-r-done:

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Unread 04-04-2010, 08:44 PM   #53
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What's the deal with those 760 U joints...Are they for the dshaft or the axle shafts?
Can you get them at any parts store? Sounds like a good upgrade for sure.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 06:29 AM   #54
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What's the deal with those 760 U joints...Are they for the dshaft or the axle shafts?
Can you get them at any parts store? Sounds like a good upgrade for sure.
760x are for the axle shafts. You should be able to get them anywhere that sells Dana Spicer parts.
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Unread 04-05-2010, 12:10 PM   #55
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Any strong Ujoints for the front/rear driveshafts?
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Unread 04-05-2010, 04:28 PM   #56
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Any strong Ujoints for the front/rear driveshafts?
Just get Spicer 1310's. If there was one item in the entire driveline that I would want to break first it would be the driveshaft u-joints anyways.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 07:31 PM   #57
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Time for an update. Got the body back in shape. More-or-less. Still need a windshield:







Finished in time for OSJ's May trail ride:







Unfortunately, we dropped the ball when it came to video footage. Basically all of them sucked. Here's the best of the worst:



Stay tuned. Lots of trail rides planned for this summer.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 10:32 AM   #58
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Lookin good! Glad to see your back in action!
So whats up with the 3 second videos? Such a tease!
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Unread 06-05-2010, 08:22 AM   #59
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Took Friday off and did some trail maintainence and wheeling on one of the private properties managed by the NEA4WD:

















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And now the fix. But first a few more pics of the damage.
One of my favorite tools of all time comes to the rescue again:



Going back together:




Forgive me if I missed it, although I did read the Thread back in the day , never received my Beer.
question is, where did you get that Red axle seal with the zerk fitting?? I have never seen that on ZJ D30. If I remember correct, that is what you have up front. I think it is a great Idea and I would love to add it on during my next axle/hub pull. I have replaced my u-joints with the Auto zone brand . something tells me with the locker /gear set up in my front, I am going to need to try the Spicer's Joints next.

I too have done the ball joint job and I could not imagine trying it without the correct press.

Your Jeep Is turning out to be a pretty nice trail rig. Looks like the long arms are working well for you.
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