Got the 8.8 mounted up under the jeep for the test fit. Had to grind out the upper control arm mounts a tiny bit, my teraflex uppers are slightly wider than stock for some odd reason. I had a hell of a time getting them in the stock mounts and these new beefier ones werent happening. My blackberry decided to stop taking pictures though so need to borrow a digital camera sometime soon.
Got another cool picture from TnT garden at gulches. Wish she took one going up from this angle but ehh cant complain when I never even bring a camera.
Well after having this axle for what feels like years (and probably is...) its finally under the Jeep. Only thing is I cant find my rear sway bar anywhere and after driving it yesterday and today I really need it. I borrowed my buddies worn out 35 km2s for the hell of it. The rear has 5.5" springs in and the front is still rocking 4.5"
Found a d30 with 4.56s and a lockright for $250 so picking that up today. Still has stock shafts so will be rocking 33s on it for our windrock trip next weekend. Got to get that axle swapped in and some more little things done before the trip but should be good to go. That will be my first trip locked front and rear, really looking forward to it.
So I have the chance to get some 35 krawlers for cheap but problem is Ill be rocking a stock 30 for a little while. If I did get them all my money/savings would go straight to building a 44 or buying one, dont even want to fool around with this 30. I wouldnt be to worried about DDing it with the 35s for a little bit on the 30 and summer is coming up so I have a lot more time to work and wrench. Decisions decisions...
Just got back from Windrock today. Had a hell of a good time, nothing broke and the jeep did great. Just have a nice clunk every now and then when making hard right turns. Love having lockers front and rear, but did find myself getting in a lot more tougher situations. Time for some bigger tires and build a 44.
A brand spankin new set of 35x12.50x15 KM2s are on the way to my house. Should be here friday or monday. Just need to go buy some dynabeads and will be mounting them at our house this weekend if they come.
Got my 35s on and took my rear plastic bumper cover off. Me and a buddy of mine came up with a design for a rear bumper and going to start making it when we get back from Uwharrie. Wish I could use google sketchup worth a damn and post it. Basing it off this one on pirate
Bored outside today
Rear bumper off
Went to Irmo SC yesterday for the first OffroadSC.com Spring Offroad Festival. Towed the RTI ramp down there. There was a great turn out, had an awesome time.
Some other pics from the show they had an RC comp crawl too, was pretty fun.
Yeah so adding a few more things to my to do list... Like a cage.
The whole weight of the Jeep went on the skidplate and all my tires came off the ground, the jeep pivoted and rolled over the ledge. Literally had no control over it. Leaked a ton of motor oil Id presume out of the dipstick and a ton of tranny fluid. We pulled the plugs and there was no oil or anything on them. Once i fired it back up it poured some more tranny fluid out. We towed it back to camp and let it sit for the night. In the morning I added more trans fluid and oil and it didnt pour any out. Ive always had a constant transmission leak coming from my coolant lines and a slight one from where the case and transmission meet up. Im going to replace the input seal on the transfercase and the output seal on the transmission. From what Ive read the tcase is easy, just pulling the tcase and then 4 bolts and you get at the seal. Havent found info on the 46re but I think it should be just as simple as well?
Im going to be looking for a daily driver. I really want to get a 90 models cummins or dirtymax but I think with gas prices the way they are I need to look into a more gas friendly vehicle. Anyways heres some more pictures.
So getting the jeep ready for Grand Slam. I finally pulled my crossmembers off and cut my tcase skid of that I temporarily welded on instead of making it removable back in December when we headed to Harlan. Replaced my tcase input seal and trans output seal, tcase is still leaking where the tailhousing mates up to the back half of the tcase. Looks like the tranny fluid ate through the RTV.
I need to tackle my rubbing issue though. I rub a good bit on my rear of the rear passenger fender. The left isnt an issue but need to figure out what to cut on the right. Ive never messed with cutting sheet metal and filling holes and what not so hopefully I dont hack it up to bad. Ive been searching trying to find something that isnt to extreme like Niels cut but havent had any luck.
Can see where its rubbing and where ive hit the **** out of it with a BFH. Took the rear panel off and debating where I need to cut. Any advice would be helpful.
Also got wheel spacers front and rear to try and cut down on the rubbing. Never said in the ebay thread that the studs on them were metric... so I had to order 20 1/2 open ended lug nuts so I can mount them. These look like I should be wearing them around my neck not putting them on my Jeep.
A little wider stance with the spacers mounted
Like my new beadlocks?
I wish, my roommate got a set of aluminum beadlocks for his zj. A buddy of mine has some trailreadys for sale and this pic makes me want to snag them.