Last weeks wheeling was fun, Not that fun because I'm more of a rocks guy, but I was teaching my father how to wheel. He bought a 92 XJ Country, with a 3.5" lift on 33s.
To date i have about 300+ miles on my Rough Country lift, the "X-Flex" joints on the adjustable control arms are crap. I've taken them off and tried tightening the joint which are a lot like johnny joints twice now and they still make noise. I talked to Jason at RC and he said there are new ones comming in a week, so we'll see how that goes. If these new ones don't fix the issue, I'll be dropping $200 on real Johnny Joints.
I need to re-gear. I think this thing has 3:55s in it, and it's not cutting it on the freeway. Trans has to drop gear way too often and don't even think about running hte AC on the freeway. (It's been close to 100* last few days)
So I was pricing out options,
Build a Super 35 out of my D35. Gonna cost around $1500 to do gears, Detroit, Superior shafts, and install the gears (I don't do R&P instals. heh)
Do the same thing as above to an 8.25. Cost is about the same, but would have to buy the 8.25 housing as well, which would be around $150 or so.
Then I talked to my buddy who has a YJ, He just took his 8.8 out to install a Rock Jock D60. - Yeah, guess what I'm putting under my XJ?
His 8.8 was built to perfection. Superior shafts, Detroit, brand new brake (disc) components and geared to 4:88. I think 4:88 might be a little too low for 33" tires, but whatever. I'll build the HP 30 to match it and run it open for now. Maybe an ARB in the distant future.
I want to be careful about how capable I make this XJ. I know how to do it and if I do, I just know I'll end up in the rocks with it and be breaking stuff all the time, like I do with my TJ. I need to do something to hold me back when those impulses hit, because common sence and good judgement don't cut it for me. My ADD always wins when I'm off road.
So to date, I have home brew front and rear bumpers, and roof rack with tire mount and hi-lift mount. (gatta take it back off to add some gas can mounts) I also made a stinger and a set of rock sliders. I have my CO2 bottle mounted in the back also.
The CO2 tank is a good story. I've wanted one for a while and was looking at the power tank units, but damn that price tag! A buddy who is in the Marines got ahold of a 10# bottle... I found a mount on craigslist for $10! So I took the bottle to the local welding shop, they sold me a cheep regulator and I built an air hose and chuck from stuff I had at work. After all was said and done I think my CO2 tank set up cost me about $65 incl filling it. the regulator doesn't put out enough pressure to run air tools, but it sure fills tires!
ok ok, PICS! - No stinger and the spare is still in the back in these pics. Will get more pics later.
My father and I with our XJs
Little water crossing in Big Bear