We got the 8.8 in Saturday night & the TNT rear crossmember finally welded on. Friday night we fully assembled the axle, brakes, lines, carrier, etc. Here she is all perty.
Here are the pics of the oil return port or lack there off on the passenger side. You can see the upper supply port on both at the top of the carrier bearing race. The lower picture is the passenger side & you can see the lack of the return port at the bottom.
How it should look...
How it is...
Now if I had my **** together I would have a pic without the carrier in it, but this is the crap you get. You can sort of see the port we ground in with a nibbler bit.
First things first we got the old Dana 35 out, the feul tank out & the old crossmember ground off. My bro-in-law went to work welding up the receiver tube into the TNT crossmember & then onto the rig. Not much to report here. Pretty straight forward.
A few notes on the TNT crossmember. The one they show in all the pictures on the website is the 1" BL model. I never saw any mention of it anywhere, so I thought that's what I was getting, nope, I got this. I was a little annoyed at first, but am at peace with it now. Still think there should be some clarification on their part though. One of the gas tank mounting holes did not line up & I had to drill a new one. Other than that, it's a crossmember. I still need to final coat it with some satin black, all I had was flat so I shot it to keep the rust off.
We then threw the axle in & started mounting everything up. I didn't realize how much longer my lower control arms were going to be on the bottom with the brackets welded on at the correct pinion angle. I need to check thread engagement on the joints, we might need to make up some more a tad longer. Another strange occurance, my drive shaft is almost fully compressed. I measured both the 8.8 & the Dana 35 & from what I am measuring there should be minimal difference from centerline of axle to the rear u-joint on the driveshaft. I measure 11 1/2" on both.
I have about another 3/8" or so I could go back. This fully compressed both sides.
Jeep rides good, no vibes from the 8.8 that I can feel. No bearing growl or anything. Four wheel disc brakes is nice! The IRO bracket kit was nice. I did not get all the hardware & had extra of some, but whatever, I didn't use much of it anyway. I think I only used the sway bar mounting bolts because I had to. The actual brackets themselves were nice, holes lined up & angles were good. The shock brackets supplied were not the ones shown in the picture on the website, so I had to orded those seperate. All in all the project went good. I'm ready to beat on her at Dirty Turtle this saturday.
In other news, I am the proud owner of a GoPro. So we should have some sweet video from this coming weekends run.