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Unread 05-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #136
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Well the jeeps giving me a hard time this year.. it's parked again for a while until I get some time to resolve the issue.

I kept hearing a strange sound from my rear left area sounds like a howling sound of sorts. It wasn't depended on wether the clutch is in or out or if I'm in gear. As long as the jeep was moving at a decent pace I would hear this sound. Made me think its my bearing so I decided to remove my rear wheel and drum to inspect.

Once I removed the drum I found my adjusting cable had snapped off and was just dangling inside the drum... I've since picked up a new cable that I have to install but I don't think this is the sound I was hearing.

I am leaning towards my wheel bearing being bad. Anyone have any pointers in replacing these? Am I looking at a difficult task? I figured if it is my wheel bearing I am going to do both sides as I have to drain the diff fluid again so I might as well do that and be done with it.



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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #137
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The rear bearings aren't too bad to replace on a Dana 35.

The bearings are pressed into the axle housing which requires a bearing removal tool attached to a slide hammer to remove from the axle tube. I have managed to do it with a hooked pick and a rubber mallet.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 04:16 PM   #138
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The rear bearings aren't too bad to replace on a Dana 35.

The bearings are pressed into the axle housing which requires a bearing removal tool attached to a slide hammer to remove from the axle tube. I have managed to do it with a hooked pick and a rubber mallet.
Hehe.. believe it or not but its actually my exhaust that's making that sound. After further investigation I found that out.

The sound comes from the rear muffler area as its not properly sealed and the sound vary with my speed/throttle.

I inspected the bearings on the jeep
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Unread 06-20-2013, 07:31 PM   #139
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Well the saga continues to improve the Jeep. My plan with this Jeep is to slowly rebuild/restore it. One day I'd like to actually separate the tub from frame. Rust repair and coat the frame, while have the tub repainted a different colour perhaps. But this is still far away.

I've picked up a couple of things over the last little course to swap.

I've actually installed the shocks I' picked up from a fellow member on the local Jeep club.

The rears are BDS Suspension shocks. While the fronts are Skyjacker Hydro 7000, these are not fully installed as I am waiting from Skyjacker for some missing pieces to be mailed to me but should be installed within a week.

Rears:
Extended Length: 22.95"
Collapsed Length: 14.67"

Fronts:
Extended Length: 22.75"
Collapsed Length: 13.54"

I had the banging issue previously, turns out that it was in fact my stock shocks were too short after I had installed the spacers on the Jeep. Once I installed these BDS shocks the ride became a lot smoother as well as the banging was completely gone. My previous shocks were over extending on big dips in the road. Once I removed the stock shocks I compared how compressed they were upon removal straight from the Jeep and they might of had about .5" of extending left before they would be maxed so no wonder what was going on previously.

I hope I have the correct order of these bushings/washers on the front shocks. (Nut - Metal washer - rubber bushing - frame mount - rubber bushing - metal washer). I torqued the lower bolts to spec but I am not sure how I could torque the upper nut due to space and not being able to fit the socket up there.



Also my exhaust is gone and I've been looking into options recently to replace it. Well I picked up a Stainless steel Magnaflow muffler #14325 (2.25" IN/OUT piping) - reading some reviews on this I guess the is quite a nice sounding muffler. And matches pipe diameter wise for stock jeep exhaust.



Due to my tailpipe being in extremely rough shape (see pictures below) I also picked up a brand new pre-bent Walker tailpipe that I plan to install when the Magnaflow goes on.



However here you can see my exhaust the current state its in. I just created a thread (Exhaust Replacement, How to tackle job?) to see how I can go about attaching the muffler to the CAT side as my current muffler has a longer spout coming out of it than the Magnaflow its almost 2" shorter. Also the muffler leaks around its own seams so its time to dump this puppy and put in the Magnaflow

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Unread 07-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #140
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Well I finally had a chance last week to install the new muffler. Overall I'm very happy with the sound of it. Sounds wicked, I guess it's supposed to sound even better after the break in period. Had a harder time getting the muffler on the pipe from the catalytic converter section as they were the same size. So I found a youtube video that shows how you can make a pipe smaller using a basic u-clamp. This worked quite well actually and allowed me use the Walker Stainless steel band clamps I picked up to join the pipes together.



Here is also the old muffler and tailpipe, it was at its end.


Never used these band clamps and I was quite impressed with how well they tighten and seal. I torqued them down to spec and will have to reverify after a couple hundred miles.



Here's a pic of the Jeep parked from the other day, it was really nice outside.
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