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Unread 09-19-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
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Yea...that might cause some drive issues. I would recommend you get that glued back up there. Build looks good thus far.

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Unread 09-19-2013, 09:38 PM   #17
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Talked to a few guys from my club and it will be getting taken care of this weekend more than likely.
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Unread 09-23-2013, 03:47 PM   #18
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Are you going to do aftermarket lca brackets? They aren't that expensive & much beefier than stock

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Unread 09-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #19
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Here are a few pictures of the fix. We just patched the existing bracket and welded it back up. I am going to be going to BTF brackets when I figure out what I'm doing with the front axle.





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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:48 AM   #20
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Hawk Pride is about 5 miles from me. Still haven't been, but now that I'm back in a Jeep, maybe I'll get the chance. Great looking TJ, love the white ones.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 10:31 AM   #21
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Hawk Pride is about 5 miles from me. Still haven't been, but now that I'm back in a Jeep, maybe I'll get the chance. Great looking TJ, love the white ones.
Definitely go check it out. It's a great park run by good people.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 11:13 AM   #22
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Not much progress because of work and school, but I got a few goodies in for the 8.8. Spicer flange adapter, SOLID diff cover, and Currie brake hose kit. All I have left before I put it under the Honkey Bison is flange bolts, hard lines, and the Artec swap kit.

By the way, if anybody needs a diff cover, go to Solid Axle's website. All of their covers are half off (I got this one for $65 plus shipping).

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Unread 11-06-2013, 11:20 AM   #23
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Almost forgot. I'm picking up some 35" MTR's on Sunday. Won't be able to fit them yet, but it's coming.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #24
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Went and got the MTR's for $700 and he threw in a bald x-terrain for a spare. Biggest issue was driving an hour and a half with all 5 in my jeep.







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Unread 12-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #25
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Got a box of fun on the front porch earlier today. It didn't even make it inside before I ripped into it. Hoping to get this glued to my 8.8 then under my jeep this weekend.

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Unread 01-04-2014, 03:36 AM   #26
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Got a little work done on the 8.8. Should be finishing it up in the next few days. Shoutout to Artec because this truss/swap kit is freakin sweet.





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Unread 01-15-2014, 12:34 PM   #27
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It's been a minute since I've updated, so here goes.

I got the jeep on stands and removed the old axles Saturday, went and picked up the 4.10 D30 and 35 Sunday, and put the new D30 in on Monday.

The original plan was to remove the old and pick up the new Saturday then put in the new on Sunday and be back to school for first day of class Monday. That was before my friend got bronchitis and I was left solo with nobody to weld. Plus while picking up the new axles, my dad's passenger front brake locked up on me and I had to pull over on the side of the road outside Selma, AL to fix it. I really wish he had warned me that they could be this bad, but I got it fixed and it's in the past now.

So, in the end the Buffalo is still on jack stands and I'm back at school in my dad's truck until I can get back this weekend to fix it.







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Unread 02-01-2014, 11:12 AM   #28
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Wow I completely forgot to update this thread when I finished up the install. The 8.8 wasn't difficult at all with the Artec truss. About the most difficult thing was setting the pinion angle and pulling the 8.8 under, out, and back under a few times. After I got done and went to putting the wheels back on, I realized I had forgotten a crucial element of this axle. It's more narrow than my old D35, and with stock wheels that's a no go. So I scrambled to find some spacers and had to make a 5 hour round trip to get some from a friend (for free). Of course I put loctite on the threads and used the air impact to tighten them.

When I took it for the first drive around the block, it was a little rough, but I chalked it up to everything just settling in. Then I got my first true death wobble, and I wished I was wearing brown pants. I limped back to university two hours away and realized the steering stabilizer had come unbolted. The next day I picked up a new bolt and some lock washers for the stabilizer and did a driveway alignment. Since then, everything's been smooth sailing.













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Unread 03-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #29
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I did my 125,000 mile tune up yesterday. The Honkey Bison feels a lot more responsive now. You guys should check out the oil prices at your local Walmart because they were about $10 cheaper than Autozone on 5 quarts of Mobil 1. It also looks like my serpentine belt is in need of replacement, so that looks like it's next on the list.

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New distributor cap and spark plug wires
Fram oil and air filters
Oil change
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Unread 04-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #30
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The factory battery finally went out after 17 years of hard work. I couldn't believe it when I pulled it out because I've never in my life heard of a battery lasting that long. Anyway, I picked up an East Penn AGM from my local Autozone. I also got a Gates serpentine belt from O'Reilly and installed it.

Lately I've been having a cold start issue. Anybody got a suggestion of what may be causing it? I've replaced plugs, wires, cap, and battery. Where's the next place I should look? Starter is good.

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