pulled the transfercase again, was getting a nasty clicking from inside, rebuilt case, only to find out that both of the driveshafts CV's went out at the same time, so when I ran the case without the rear shaft in, it still made the noise, and because of how the fixed yokes are, the noise sounded like it was coming from inside the case.
both shafts are at a shop being rebuilt, pics when I get them back
as far as unecessarily disassembling the case: oh well, all I am out is a little bit of ATF and some time, and now I know I can re-build one properly.
custom inverted T hi-steer using 3/4" heims. will be swapping the pitman arm heim for a high angle TRE
OTA trackbar. using 7/8" hiems
still waiting on a set of raised sway bar mounts, then I will measure for limit straps.
after some dialing in, I am pretty happy with it. some people are not a fan of the inverted T system because of the inherent dead spot. I haven't found it to be much of a problem. although it is there. I would have rather gone with a full crossover setup, but I couldn't figure out a way of doing that without fabbing a new frame side TB bracket and some sort of double shear knuckle bracket.
the long run plan is to go with hydro assist, which will eliminate the dead spot and tie-rod roll. but first I need to deal with getting some armor on the jeep and then get the rear end dialed in.
the rear driveshaft will probably need to be shortened some, and a rear truss and raised shock mounts to go with shackle relocation brackets.
found out I will be waiting until at least the 24th to get my new shocks.... nobody at polyperformance thought it was wise to tell me that they had a 2-3 week build time, instead they told me they would ship out within the week.