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Unread 03-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #196
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Painted. I just need to clean up the diff cover and the mating surfaces.

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Unread 03-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #197
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I like the diff guard! But, do you think you lost any structural strength by removing that top post?
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Unread 03-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #198
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I like the diff guard! But, do you think you lost any structural strength by removing that top post?
Yeah it will reduce the strength but I'm going to have to hit something pretty hard to deform it. I got the guard for free in a raffle so worse comes to worse I replace it with a SOLID or Riddler cover. I just hate not having access to the full plug to check or add fluid without having to potentially change the seal every time. All the scars on it were on the bottom where most of the forces was transferred through the bolts and main brace. I think it will take a few good licks before I need to get a new one.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:47 PM   #199
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Just read this thread from start to finish. Love your YJ! You seem to have struck that perfect balance between capable and streetable, and on a budget no less. Eventually that's where I'd like to get with mine. So is the YJ your only vehicle?
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Unread 03-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #200
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Just read this thread from start to finish. Love your YJ! You seem to have struck that perfect balance between capable and streetable, and on a budget no less. Eventually that's where I'd like to get with mine. So is the YJ your only vehicle?
Thanks man. It was my daily driver for about 6 or 7 years. i drove it through high school and most of college. While I was in college it was starting to modify it and gas was hovering around $4/gal so I contacted one of my co-workers at a mechanic shop I worked at after high school. I got this '86 Civic from him for $200. I put about $100 into it and got it running.



It was a fun little car especially when you know it's a beater. I drove it for about two years when I finished out college and started a real job. Four months into my real job I decided to get a brand spanking new 2009 Civic because I was putting a lot of miles going to see my now fiance about 2 hours away every weekend. It started to give me more trouble than I wanted and I figured a professional job warranted a professional ride.



I like not having to worry about how I'm going to get to work now.
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Unread 03-18-2012, 08:09 PM   #201
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I went by my buddies house to check out his D30 yokes from his CJ's. They were not much better than mine. So I just bought a new one off Quadratec. It's the u-bolt conversion kit. It comes with the yoke, u-bolts, seal and pinion nut. It was $55.00 shipped to my door. Hopefully I'll get it before my wheeling trip at the end of the month.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #202
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Well I bought an 85 amp continuous duty relay for my Ford Taurus fan. I'm going to wire it up to the high speed side of the fan because I don't have it hooked up now. The current draw is about 50-60 amps (per Que) for the high speed. Right now my engine is getting a little hot at cruising speeds and I need the high speed to help it cool.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 06:27 PM   #203
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I also got around to putting my diff cover and guard on. Then I found out how big of a doofus I was. I tried to move my jeep close to my deck so I could throw a drop cord down and use my angle grinder to clean up the RTV. Well I backed up and pulled forward then stopped. I got out and kicked myself. There was no yoke on the pinion gear so it shifted and bound up. I got out and checked everything out and found a gouge in the carrier. Luckily that was it and the gears looked good so I put the old yoke on to get it out of the middle of the parking lot.

I put a small strong magnet in the little sump in the bottom of the diff. It's been on my fridge for forever and I figured it could collect all the small metal particles.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #204
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Does the tie rod come close to hitting the diff guard
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #205
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Does the tie rod come close to hitting the diff guard
I don't think it would really matter but I'm curious how close you get at full turn. I like that you flipped it BTW.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #206
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try turning the fan off altogether at highway speeds. That's probably why its over heating.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #207
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You can stick a piece of construction paper in there. It's got slight rubbing on the tie rod but I believe that's from hitting large objects on the trail. I wish I had that tie rod flipped. I have a reamer my buddy let me borrow I just haven't ordered the sleeves. I've also thought about the goferits but once again I'm being lazy. Shoot I even have a stock pitman arm ready. Should have my HD yoke tomorrow. Then I'll be back in business.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #208
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try turning the fan off altogether at highway speeds. That's probably why its over heating.
I'll give it a shot I guess. I just hate having to remember to turn it back on. The last time I flipped the switch to off I got the motor pretty toasty going up a steep climb in the N. GA mountains.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #209
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You can stick a piece of construction paper in there. It's got slight rubbing on the tie rod but I believe that's from hitting large objects on the trail. I wish I had that tie rod flipped. I have a reamer my buddy let me borrow I just haven't ordered the sleeves. I've also thought about the goferits but once again I'm being lazy. Shoot I even have a stock pitman arm ready. Should have my HD yoke tomorrow. Then I'll be back in business.
Don't worry about the reamer; you can use a drill bit and a drill if you're careful. You just have to hold it at an angle and rotate it. I've done six of them now.
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Unread 03-21-2012, 06:07 AM   #210
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Don't worry about the reamer; you can use a drill bit and a drill if you're careful. You just have to hold it at an angle and rotate it. I've done six of them now.
If I go for the goferits I'll just use the 3/4" bit. If I go for the sleeves I'll use the reamer. I don't have any spare knuckles around in case I screw up which I think I would. We'll see. I have a wheeling trip coming up in two weeks so I may not get around to it for a few months. Generally after a trip I let the jeep sit for a month and then start to work on it again but I know I will busy all through the month of April. May will most likely be the earliest I get back on the trail.
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