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Unread 07-13-2011, 11:57 AM   #16
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You lucked out with that Dana 44. Every time I'm off road I have the sound of an axle shaft breaking in the back of my head constantly.

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Unread 07-13-2011, 12:29 PM   #17
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Yeah I feel very lucky having got the D44. Honestly I didn't know what to look for when I got this Jeep, just so happened I got the good stuff

Now if only the PO had replaced the 3.73's with 4.88's. . . .
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Unread 07-13-2011, 12:48 PM   #18
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Same, I didn't know what to look for when I bought my Jeep. All I knew was it had to be a 5 speed and have a 4.0 up front. I'm glad I bought a 2000+ Wrangler....distributors suck. It could be worse than those 3.73s....ask me how I know haha
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Unread 07-13-2011, 01:49 PM   #19
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I see you are stuck with 3.07, I am weeping for you! But hey, think about how much of a change you'll feel when you do regear
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Unread 07-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #20
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Went to Uwharrie yesterday. . . . I didn't bring my camera because my friend said he would bring his. Idiot then proceeded to forget his camera. . . .

But here's what it looked like when I got home
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Unread 07-17-2011, 10:47 AM   #21
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I actually wanted to move down to North Carolina just so I can be close to Uwharrie lol

How bad is that mud to clean up?
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Unread 07-17-2011, 02:05 PM   #22
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The mud isn't so bad. Just got done with it lol Wet it with a garden hose, wait an hour while it soaks, then pressure wash and hand wash. I usually get 3 or 4 cans of cheapo undercoat and use that on the underside to make it black again.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 09:05 AM   #23
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Found out I broke one of my swaybar linkages on the trail Got some Teraflex ones for a good price, so we will see how the new disconnects work. Also, got one of my rockers installed. What a hassle! But pics coming when the other is all done
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Unread 07-20-2011, 08:53 PM   #24
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Rockers on. . . . pics to follow
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Unread 07-20-2011, 09:22 PM   #25
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Since the 30 degree fender flare replacement day, plenty of mods have followed. I slapped in a Clarion head unit, tinted the marker lights in the front, and, most importantly, 35's with a 1.25" BL from RC. I feel very fortunate that my rig had a D44 in the back, as I didn't know to look for that when I bought it.

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I know 35s and 3.73s are not ideal, but is it tolerable? I guess it helps if it's a 5 speed, which mine happens to be. I plan on going to 35s and putting off changing my 3.73s. A few more months and I'll pay off the Jeep. Then it's gears and lockers and some other goodies. BTW it's good to build on ones budget and not mastercard's or visa's..... You'll enjoy it much more. Good job so far I'll follow along.
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Unread 07-20-2011, 10:18 PM   #26
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I know 35s and 3.73s are not ideal, but is it tolerable? I guess it helps if it's a 5 speed, which mine happens to be. I plan on going to 35s and putting off changing my 3.73s. A few more months and I'll pay off the Jeep. Then it's gears and lockers and some other goodies. BTW it's good to build on ones budget and not mastercard's or visa's..... You'll enjoy it much more. Good job so far I'll follow along.
Just my $0.02 but I'm running 35s on 4.10 gears and it's perfect. I don't miss anything. Acceleration is great, highway cruising is great, etc. Didn't have the money or desire for 4.88 gearing as the RPMs at 60 MPH are only 400 off. Gas mileage is apparently better with the higher gearing like 3.73 and 4.10 also.
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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 07-21-2011, 05:49 AM   #27
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I know 35s and 3.73s are not ideal, but is it tolerable? I guess it helps if it's a 5 speed, which mine happens to be. I plan on going to 35s and putting off changing my 3.73s. A few more months and I'll pay off the Jeep. Then it's gears and lockers and some other goodies. BTW it's good to build on ones budget and not mastercard's or visa's..... You'll enjoy it much more. Good job so far I'll follow along.
Definitely tolerable. . . . less torque than stock to be sure, and at 75 mph you may have to downshift to fourth on long inclines. But all in all, I would say 3.73 with 35's is fine for a DD. No extra clutch feathering to speak of either.

On the trail, it is difficult to climb steep inclines (30 degrees plus) without feathering, so I just put it in 4LO, let out the clutch, and watch it tractor up the hill with little or no gas pedal.

Redneck cruise control.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 05:50 AM   #28
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Well after a little hiatus, I'm back building. Just got on a set of Xenon flat flares. They fit really well. Pics to come.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 04:29 PM   #29
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Xenons are on. Pretty impressed. A little wide for my taste, but great tire coverage and extremely sturdy, mounting was easy with self drilling screws. I'd recommend them as an excellent alternative to tubes.
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Unread 12-24-2011, 04:38 PM   #30
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