Danielle has an Aussie locker in her 8.25 on her Cherokee. Granted it's not an 8.8, but both the 8.25 and the 8.8 have a much stronger carrier than a D35, or even a D44. It runs just fine with the locker in the back. Honestly, the two things I don't like about it are:
-It's kind of noisy
-It clunks and clicks when making a turn.
I'd run with it and see how you like it. It's not that difficult to take out.
That's what I needed to hear! I'd love to eventually still throw the OX in, as on-road manners are my top priority, but if I can get away with not spending the money yet, I'd be cool with that.
Originally Posted by djflyy
I'm very excited this wood out for you. If you don't mind me asking, were you able to get a lower price than his $800??
It actually turns out that he was a high school friend of my Dedham buddy who came along, so I felt bad lowballing him too much. I probably could have gotten it for less, but considering I got it for less than it would have cost just to regear the front axle, I'm ok with it.
I think the plan is that next Monday I'll pick up the 8.8 and set it up in the basement (my poor wife). Once that's set up and all the parts are ordered, I'll install the 8.8 and remove the front driveshaft while I set up the D30 to be put in.
It means I'll be without 4WD for a month or so, but I'd rather get the 4.88 in sooner rather than later.
If you need help with prepping the 8.8 for installation, let me know. I've got a grinder with more torque than a Bugatti Veyron that will obliterate any rust on there, and I'd be more than happy to let you borrow it.
Surprisingly, my little Ryobi corded grinder actually does a pretty good job once you throw some flap discs on it, but if I need the extra I'll let you know! I'm actually pretty excited, though, because since I'll be doing the work in the basement, it'll be a chance to finally really try out my compressor and air tools.
Ryan, if you're game for it, I'd love your help to weld the tubes to the carrier. I'd obviously pay for the nickel rods, etc., but I hear it's different because it's cast instead of regular steel.
I'll hopefully be picking and setting up the 8.8 on Monday if anyone feels like riding down to Dedham with me!
Wow, I can't imagine trying to spread out upgrades evenly between TWO jeeps. Nice jeeps you have there!
Ha ha, thank you! Yeah, the JK, tempting as it is, probably won't get too many more upgrades in the near future, at least not until it's out of warranty.
The theoretical wishlist currently stands at:
"Zombie Sunset" Monstalined interior
Some good auxiliary lighting
Hardtop would be nice and a set of full steel doors for winter perhaps
Lockers (with regear after tires?)
Like I said, though, I've got 5 years or so until it's out of warranty and it's pretty capable as is, so I'll hold off on the big stuff until then.
Now all tuned up thanks to a little help from DJFlyy!
I was pretty happy with the cord routing I did. I ran it behind the body mount, and across the space behind the crossmember
In order to get the connecter in the space between the crossmember and tub, I had to jack the body up slightly to open it up.
Then I ran it up through the rear quarter panel and through the grommet that the current electrical connections go through (I had to slit the gromett and carve out the opening to make room for it)
I then ran it along the existing electrical lines, up the rollbar, and across the t-bar on the sport-cage to where I wanted to mount the CB.
My father-in-law gave me his old CB radio from the early 80s that he used to use on road trips with the family, so it fits right in with the YJ!
I made the bracket for it out of the leftover pieces from the winch (we mounted it over the solenoid instead of the cable and had the brackets left over). I hand-bent the brackets to a functional shape so that the holes would line up to put two bolts through, then I drilled another hole to put a bolt/rubber grommet/washer/rubber washers though the hole I drilled through the t-channel. Perfect length! No coiling needed for the 18' cord!
And the final setup!
(The power is just a 12v plug. I may or may not hardwire it in at some point.)
Not to sound like a creep, but I drive by your house every day. I work at CN Wood and I've seen you on 38 some mornings, I drive a red ZJ on 33's. Maybe we'll bump into each other some day...
Nice YJ too, I've wanted one for a long time. I'd trade my ZJ for a clean 4.0 5spd one in a heartbeat.
Ha ha, no way! Yeah, I've definitely seen your rig around! I actually walk my dogs in the field right behind your work most mornings! If you ever see a guy walking a Corgi and a rottie mix, give a honk or stop and say howdy.