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post #106 of 438 Old 01-07-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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LOL, I like it......but are those VHS tapes?

Ha ha, yyyyup. And that's only about half of them.

Even worse, if you look on the left side...yes, that is three copies of Kindergarten Cop.


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post #107 of 438 Old 01-18-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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It's a bit past Christmas, but I needed a find someplace to host this larger than facebook lets you.

Here is an insight to my wife's and my weird sense of humor, ha ha.



Merry Belated Christmas!

Edit: My wife would like to disclaimer that I photoshopped the bow in after-the-fact without consulting her, hahahaha.
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post #108 of 438 Old 01-18-2012, 08:18 PM
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Pretty sure Opie looks like a dust ball that got electrocuted.

Nice card
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post #109 of 438 Old 01-18-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I should probably make a technical update before this thread gets tossed into GD, ha ha.

I have been doing a bit of work on the 8.8, but I've started a freelance design project that I'm trying to give attention to first, so here's the progress report:

Opened the 8.8 up and confirmed gearing and Aussie locker

(Don't open a diff in the house, btw. All 3 floors smelled like gear oil for a week. It was dreadful.)

Wirewheeled and flapdisc'd it clean. I don't have any pictures of the finished product unfortunately, but here's what every surface in my basement now looks like:

....so you get the idea.
This trash can was a room away and next to the fan that was supposed to be blowing dust out the door and it still looked like this when I moved it.

Yeah.....the wife was not happy about that one.

My attempt at a solution was to use a giant-*** tarp to create a tented working area.


And it worked adequately, but I'm still not going to attempt wirewheeling an axle inside again. For the D30, I will just wait until nice days and bring the axle outside, neighbors/HOA be damned.

Once I had it cleaned, I Rustoleum Rust-Reformer'ed the perches and shock mounts and other areas I couldn't get the wheel to and any cast areas.


Then I coated everything in self-etching primer


Including the calipers (I bought new calipers, rotors, and pads for it), which I'm planning on doing, along with diff covers, in a yellow to match the "Jeep" logo on the tub.


And that's where I stand. Hopefully this weekend I'll get a chance to do the black engine enamel on the axle, which will let me take off the diff cover to do it and the calipers soon.

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post #110 of 438 Old 01-24-2012, 01:15 PM
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Nice looking Corgi! Oh yeah, and the jeep too...

1990 YJ Islander, 4.2L MC2100 DUI HEI, 2.5" RE lift, 31x10.50 DuraTracs, HandenFab rear bumper / swing-out, Tough Terrain
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post #111 of 438 Old 01-26-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Nice looking Corgi! Oh yeah, and the jeep too...
Ha ha, why thank you! Yeah, I'm totally the dog equivalent of a crazy cat lady, ha ha. I could fill pages and pages with pictures of the pups.

Between the melt-your-face-cute Corgi


and the kick-*** adventure Rottie:


....I got me some damn good dogs.

Status update on the axles:

Coated it with Rustoleum Engine Enamel, with the exception of the diff cover and the calipers, which I will eventually do in Rustoleum "Farm Equipment" Enamel (which is just a fancy way of saying the colors match John Deere equipment)

Also got a great deal on a pretty much new D30 Aussie locker from a guy here on JeepForum, which is awesome because they're prettymuch out of stock *everywhere* if I tried to find one new.

Should be coming in the next week or so.

All that's left on the 8.8 is to paint the diff cover and calipers, get my back ordered u-bolts, order shims (I actually need to point the pinion *down* more, as the original rig was on 37s) and get 1300 series pinion yoke u-bolts for the driveshaft, and modify the e-brake to work once it's in.

I'll probably end up putting in the 8.8 first and taking out the front driveshaft for a few months until I throw the D30 in there, just for ease of storage and getting the 4.88 in my daily driver.

Unfortunately, I'm working on a freelance design project that's been taking up every free moment I've got, and I've got to get that finished before I do any more axle work.

Soon, though. Very soon.

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post #112 of 438 Old 01-27-2012, 02:44 AM
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Glad to hear you found a good deal on the Aussie.
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post #113 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Had a pretty productive/positive night last night!

Finished-ish the final coat of paint on the 8.8 components

(It *really* didn't want to stick to the primer for some reason. It just dripped right off on the first 3 coats, leaving large areas with green patches. Very weird. A bunch of coats later, it's good enough for me not to care anymore, ha ha.

Then I decided to do some some of the inital prep-work on the 30.

I opened up the diff to drain the fluid and verify gear ration, and....SURPRISE!

It appears I didn't need to buy that Aussie after all! The guy who sold it to me said it has a "posi-locker", which I assumed meant he didn't know what a posi-loc was. (He also said a knuckle might need replacing because gear oil had leaked, so I took everything with a grain of salt)

I know a couple of guys who may be looking for one, and Aussies are sold out everywhere, so it's alright. I'm sure I can find a buyer.

I did notice however, that there was one tooth chipped on the ring gear. That should be fine, right?

I did manage to strip the axle of all it's steering components, axleshafts, etc. using just handtools while resting it on paintcans in the front yard, ha ha.

I didn't have a 12 point socket, so I ended up having to slip my hi-lift jack handle over my box wrench, but it worked!

The hi-lift came in very handy actually. I used the handle as a breaker bar, the spreader to pop out the hubs, and started to use it to pop the knuckle off the ball joints until this happened:

The balljoints required so much pressure that it broke the spreader on my hi-lift. (I was using the hi-lift instead of the hammer because I was doing it outside at 11:30 at night and the sound of loud pinging metal might piss off the neighbors a bit)

The removal of the brake components and shafts made it light enough that I could move it a little more easily. Let me tell you, my back is killing me today after moving a Dana30 outside and up stairs by myself, so getting it stripped is a major step forward, ha ha.

I also re-measured my pinion angles on the 8.8 and my drivesahft. I was worried that I would have to have shims to rotate the pinion back *down*, but according to my measurements, it should actually be just about right! Yup, it was a good evening.

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post #114 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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I've determined, btw, that at least 1 seal needs to be replaced, so I might replace both as long as I'm in there.

Also, I know balljoints are bad if they have vertical play. However, if they have little-to-no-resistance on the lowers when wiggling, does that merit replacement as well? (Like tie-rod ends?)

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post #115 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 03:00 PM
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Replace the ball joints while it's apart, otherwise you'll kick yourself when they go bad in 6 months. Also, little to no resistance means they're well on the way out. Do you have a ball joint press? As far as the ring gear, how bad is the chip? Can you get a picture of it? Have you checked the pattern? Also, if you need help sometime I'm right down the street. I get out at 3.30 and wouldn't mind lending a hand if you need it.

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post #116 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Replace the ball joints while it's apart, otherwise you'll kick yourself when they go bad in 6 months. Also, little to no resistance means they're well on the way out. Do you have a ball joint press? As far as the ring gear, how bad is the chip? Can you get a picture of it? Have you checked the pattern? Also, if you need help sometime I'm right down the street. I get out at 3.30 and wouldn't mind lending a hand if you need it.
Ha ha, rats. I figured that was the answer, but I was really hoping I could just leave them. I was just planning on renting the press from Autozone.

The chip is decently bad. As in, half a tooth gone. Just the one tooth, though. Everything else looks perfect. Very weird. I have not checked the pattern yet, though.

I have no idea why I didn't take a picture last night, but I'll get one eventually.

I appreciate the offer to help, btw! There will definitely be a beer/pizza/replace seals party at some point. You'll have to join!

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post #117 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 03:23 PM
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Ha ha, rats. I figured that was the answer, but I was really hoping I could just leave them. I was just planning on renting the press from Autozone.

The chip is decently bad. As in, half a tooth gone. Just the one tooth, though. Everything else looks perfect. Very weird. I have not checked the pattern yet, though.

I have no idea why I didn't take a picture last night, but I'll get one eventually.

I appreciate the offer to help, btw! There will definitely be a beer/pizza/replace seals party at some point. You'll have to join!
Be sure to check the pattern before you run it, if it chipped because it wasn't set up right it's just going to get worse. If you can't get you hands on gear paint, magic marker can work, just lay it on thick and look closely.

Be sure to let me know when the party's going on, I'll swing by. I have a shop too if you need somewhere to swap the axles.

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post #118 of 438 Old 02-01-2012, 07:17 PM
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If you're going to rent a ball joint press, get it from Advance Auto parts, not Autozone. The press from Advance comes with about 20 different attachments, but more importantly it comes with the four needed to do ball joints on a Jeep. I actually just did Danielle's ball joints on the driver side, and it literally only took me an hour to do.

Let me know when you're gonna attack them. I'd be more than happy to help.
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post #119 of 438 Old 02-02-2012, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ha ha, here's the video of the balljoints:

Yeah, looks like I need to do some replacing, ha ha.

In other news, I mocked up the axle last night with the painted components:




I'm pretty with happy how it's going to look for the 2 seconds before it's dirty forever, ha ha.

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post #120 of 438 Old 02-02-2012, 10:25 AM
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Cool video.

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