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post #151 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 10:43 AM
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Thoughts? I'm really getting frustrated.
I know you spent a boatload on the YJ, but would you consider a tummy tuck? That'd bring your TC back up there and get you a little more extension in the driveshaft. (Nobody has to know you're getting a few more inches of clearance but in all honesty it's easier than lifting the rear end more, or pushing the axle back any (gas tank rubbing) etc. Might just be something to consider. Even if it takes you a month or two to save the money on the side for a tuck, it wouldn't be impossible to do, and might just resolve the problem.

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post #152 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I know you spent a boatload on the YJ, but would you consider a tummy tuck? That'd bring your TC back up there and get you a little more extension in the driveshaft. (Nobody has to know you're getting a few more inches of clearance but in all honesty it's easier than lifting the rear end more, or pushing the axle back any (gas tank rubbing) etc. Might just be something to consider. Even if it takes you a month or two to save the money on the side for a tuck, it wouldn't be impossible to do, and might just resolve the problem.
Honestly, I'd love to, but it's just not an option right now for a couple of reasons. 1) I'm in "Humble Budget" mode right now trying to save up for other needs around the house (and possibly a bigger house) 2) It just adds another variable to the angle equation and more time to fix, especially considering I'd need a body lift 3) It's not as common on YJs, as our skid doesn't seem to be the same kind of shovel it is on the TJ. Most people fab them themselves and I just don't have the time for the research.

My main concern here is just getting the Jeep highway-worthy again.

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post #153 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 01:29 PM
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Fair enough. Never do wander over to the YJ camp to know if tummy tucks are popular or not.

Was the DS place you called Montrose Machine in Wakefield?
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post #154 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 03:02 PM
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Probably a stupid question, but how does the pinion bearing feel? Is it sloppy at all?

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post #155 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Was the DS place you called Montrose Machine in Wakefield?
It was. Is that good or bad, ha ha? They seemed pretty knowledgeable when I picked up my unicorn of a u-joint from them (in stock)

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Probably a stupid question, but how does the pinion bearing feel? Is it sloppy at all?
I don't think so. I shoved around the driveshaft to check, but I didn't feel any slop.

Plan now is:
Go home and stack current 6* shims on top of the previous 2* (don't try this at home kids). If this fixes the problem, order proper 8* shims to replace.

If it doesn't fit it, remove the sims, install front driveshaft, remove rear driveshaft and bring it to the driveshaft to a driveshaft shop.

If the driveshaft turns out to be ok and it needs to be more than 8*....well then I think it'll be motorcycle season while the YJs in the shop getting it's perches rewelded....

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8* of shim


Got about 5mph more before vibes, but still only up to 50-55.

As you can see, bigger shims ain't ganna do sh*t but make it worse at this point.

Whatever night Dianna has a meeting next, I'll swap driveshafts back and hopefully pick up the motorcycle on Saturday so I can drop the Jeep off at a shop.

I probably won't be doing it before the meet-up this weekend, so you North Shore guys can take a look at it this Sunday and give me your thoughts when you stop by the house.

Anyone have any better ideas?

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post #157 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting bit on this, though. I've done this so many damn times that I can now swap shims in less than 30 minutes including setup, clean up, taking pictures, and having a phone conversation with my wife.

That's just sad, ha ha.

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post #158 of 438 Old 03-13-2012, 07:45 PM
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Montrose is the best & most knowledgable shop in the area. I just wanted to make sure that was where you went.

What results do you get with no shims whatsoever?
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post #159 of 438 Old 03-14-2012, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Montrose is the best & most knowledgable shop in the area. I just wanted to make sure that was where you went.

What results do you get with no shims whatsoever?
Awesome, that's what I like to hear.

With no shims, I got major vibes on highway. I don't remember at what speeds, but I remember I was able to take it highway, but not at full speed, and I could clearly tell the pinion still needed adjusting.

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Awesome, that's what I like to hear.
So you're bringing in the shafts for them to check / rebalance, right?
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So you're bringing in the shafts for them to check / rebalance, right?
Yup, and possibly drop off the Jeep at the same time so he'll have access to measurements, etc.

Next week is looking *gorgeous*, so I won't complain too much about swapping the hardtop Jeep for the motorcycle, ha ha.

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Ok, so possibly "good" news.

I just swapped driveshafts, and the new u-joint in the rear definitely felt different between the two caps. Like one had some grit in it or something, so there's a chance that might be the whole issue.

However, I frickin' *hate* driving in FWD. It's just unnerving, especially because it's back to 4.10 again.

Also, my transmission has suddenly started sound like it's going to blow up. FML sometimes.

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So I realized I haven't posted since my last continual string of frustrations, ha ha.

I got the rear driveshaft back, and they said it needed a bit of balancing, but only a little and all the u-joints were good. Which at first was discouraging, but then I realized I changed not only the pinion angle, but also the gear ratio, meaning it was spinning roughly 1/6 faster than it used to, which may have made the difference.

So I've been running FWD for the past week, and am honestly not in a huge rush to switch back as:
1) I've got quite a few other projects I'm working on
2) I'm sick of working on the YJ to no avail, ha ha
3) Despite realizing how much I miss 4.88 gear ratio, I like being able to go highway again! (The front driveshaft has no vibes even at 60+)
and
4) The weather is 75+ all this week and despite being 27 years old and neglected for 6 or so of those, all I did was pop the battery back in and turn the key. I miss my Jeep having that kind of reliability.

On the Jeep side of things, we had our first meeting of the year for North Shore Jeeps, and had a great turnout!



Coolest part was, it was mostly new faces who had never met. Basically, we had a block party with about 30 strangers and a good time was had by all. Very happy with how it went, and a great start to the season!

I need to finish up a freelance design project and then I *promise* I will have updates on the axle(s). We set a date for our first club run (April 21) and an ultimatum of the date for the front axle swap (April 14), ha ha, so it's time to get moving!

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post #164 of 438 Old 03-20-2012, 10:04 AM
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I need to finish up a freelance design project and then I *promise* I will have updates on the axle(s). We set a date for our first club run (April 21) and an ultimatum of the date for the front axle swap (April 14), ha ha, so it's time to get moving!
Oops........
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Oops........
The hilarious bit is that Ryan just cut out the middle man and just went straight to Dianna.

I was sitting down enjoying my pizza and beer when they both come up to me to let me know that they've examined my calendar and the club has dibs-ed me on the 14th and the 21st, so I need to have my axle done by the 14th, ha ha ha.

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