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Unread 04-07-2012, 06:48 AM   #76
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Looks like next paycheck will bring in the locker. I've decided on a Spartan, which Baseline4x4 is selling for $259 on sale, free shipping.

Hopefully the install will go smoothly. Just wish there was a place to test it around here

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Unread 04-09-2012, 07:06 PM   #77
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Spartan for $240 from Rock Auto:

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/rafr...SLD3027-864167

Google "rock auto discount code" for another 5% off.
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Unread 04-20-2012, 01:23 PM   #78
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Just ordered the Spartan from Northridge, was able to talk them down to $249.20 shipped. Looks like it will be here next Thursday. I'm reserving next weekend as garage time
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Unread 04-28-2012, 11:23 AM   #79
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Got the Spartan in last night. Two hour job my ***! Took about five hours, but was relatively easy. What a difference. In 2wd, it's absolutely silent and drives exactly as it did before the operation, but in 4wd the pulling power is pretty awesome!

Took it for a little test drive on a little path close to home and I'm really impressed with the traction. Can't wait to test it on the rocks.

This video online was quite a help. Even though he installs an Aussie, it's basically the same process:


I had to pull the carrier for my install. If you had 3.07's you probably could do it in-housing. I used 85W-140 oil. . . . I think that is the reason it's so quiet.
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:33 AM   #80
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So far, I see only one problem with the Spartan, and I'm being picky. When you drive for a while in 4low, it has a tendency to stay locked for about 20 or 30 feet when you put it back in 2wd. No big deal, but worth mentioning.

Did I mention it can drive up a light pole now?
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Unread 04-29-2012, 08:51 AM   #81
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A light pole? Pictures or gtfo.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 04:44 AM   #82
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A light pole? Pictures or gtfo.
Seriously? You know how long it took to wait for Mr. Walmart Security man to get far enough away so I could try it???
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:30 AM   #83
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By the way, I know how to replace inner axle seals now. It's really easy. They are super cheap too.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 06:54 AM   #84
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By the way, I know how to replace inner axle seals now. It's really easy. They are super cheap too.
For seriously? Hows that?
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Unread 04-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #85
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In the video above that guy does it. In a nutshell:

1. Drain diff.
2. Pull axle shafts (all the way out).
3. Pull carrier (make sure you mark the races. . . . they only go one way).
4. Take out old seals, press in new.
5. Put your **** back together.

Not worth paying someone to do it IMO. Pulling the carrier is easier than you would think, and it gives you a chance to check all the teeth on the gears for damage. I went ahead and replaced my inner seals while I had everything torn down.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #86
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I still think I will just wait until I regear, which I plan on doing once I get the money from working this Summer. I wont need the LJ offroad again until mid July anyways, and it can be run on road just fine with a leaking seal.
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #87
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I still think I will just wait until I regear, which I plan on doing once I get the money from working this Summer. I wont need the LJ offroad again until mid July anyways, and it can be run on road just fine with a leaking seal.
Makes sense to me. I'm probably going to tackle a regear myself this summer. You don't know where I could get some (well priced) 4.56 or 4.88's for a D30/D44 combo do ya?
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Unread 04-30-2012, 10:11 AM   #88
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Makes sense to me. I'm probably going to tackle a regear myself this summer. You don't know where I could get some (well priced) 4.56 or 4.88's for a D30/D44 combo do ya?
Don't know of a good place, but I hear Motive Gear is good for the money. Definitely go to 4.88 if you are staying on 35s. Also, when you regear you should pick up a junkyard HP30 from a 97-99 XJ. Then carry your locker, diff cover, stock axle shafts, and stock outers over to the new housing. They can be had for ~$125, and are a great strength upgrade over your LP30.
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Unread 05-24-2012, 06:59 AM   #89
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After Uwharrie this past weekend, I realized what a difference the Spartan made. No more ****ing around with open diffs for me. . . . the only drawback was having the front locked all the time made it a little tougher to make tight turns, but the advantages HEAVILY outweigh the drawbacks.

I'm ready to go again. I found out I need some SERIOUS practice in off-camber situations. . . . 15 degrees or more was about the edge of my comfort limit!

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uwharrie-may-19-012.jpg   uwharrie-may-19-024.jpg   uwharrie-may-19-040.jpg   uwharrie-may-19-045.jpg   uwharrie-may-19-114.jpg  

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Unread 05-24-2012, 07:29 AM   #90
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I found out I need some SERIOUS practice in off-camber situations. . . .
QFT

One trip to Coal Creek with me will fix that problem.

Nice to see some wheeling pictures for a change.
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