Time for some updates:
-I was getting a little bit of axle wrap (yeah yeah I know leaf springs....I still stand behind them). The extra main leafs I added to the original bastard packs were shot before I added them and they didn't add much to the leaf packs I was using. I pulled the leaf springs one at a time and removed the extra
XJ main leaf from each pack, replacing them with some explorer (beefier) main leafs cut to the same length. So I'm still running Xj leaf packs just with an explorer leaf added. It added about an inch and a half of height to the rear and gave the springs a bit more arch. I'm probably going to shorten the shackles a bit to level it out again, we'll see. But best of all, the wrap is gone and they still ride nicely, even without any weight back there. I'm pretty happy about this.
-I also pulled the transfer case today. I spent 13 bucks at Sears and picked up a ratcheting 9/16 wrench and that made dealing with those 6 bolts that mate it to the transmission a bit easier. I made decent progress; got the old case out and completely apart. I started putting the TeraLow case back together and decided to call it a night. Oh yeah...and C clips suck!
-And the bad news: Something with the front axle is pretty dickered. The pinion seems to be walking, has way to much play, and has a nice clunk. I'll pull the cover tomorrow after I finish the Tera Low. I'm hoping the gears aren't ruined and it's just a bearing or something but I guess we'll see. Not too happy about this. Might be time to trade her in for a Hyundai or something
-I still have to get the new TnT rear bumper/cross member on. One of these days when I have a solid day to do it and when my tank is low on gas and light enough to drop I'll knock it out. I'm really looking forward to getting it on. I'd really like to modify the tank skid to sit a little higher while I'm at it and the tank is out but I'm not sure if the benefit is worth the amount of work required.
Heck yeah! I cant wait to see that go in.
I can't wait to finish the install and have it all back together.
ahhh **** it just got real! idk if you've seen the orange tj i've posted a couple picks of in my build, it has a tera 4:1, 37 inch reds, 4.88's and a 2.5, and it turns the tires real easy. you'll love it man, i'm ready to hear how well datsumbit.ch'lldig when you get it in
I'm looking forward to wheeling it. I'm hoping the improvement in performance justifies the cost of the sumb!tch!
you'll love 4:1 man trust me its dashiznit
She's no atlas...but it should be a decent improvement!
A ball bearing turbo!!!111 So cool, the 2.5 is gonna be so fast now!
derp da derp.
Could you take a measurement for me? I would like to know the distance between the back of the transfer case (where the identification tag is) to the center of the u joint on the hack n tap. I want to compare it to the SYE on my TJ to see if it will allow for a long enough dribeshaft on a TJ with a stock wheelbase. Thanks.
I'm real sorry friend, I didn't see your post! I'll get you a measurement tomorrow when I get the thing back together! I can say that it isn't much shorter than factory. I probably cut 1 1/2" off of the output shaft when I did the hack N' tap. Regardless, I should have it back together tomorrow and I'll PM a measurement your way.