Added another little piece to the puzzle today. Savvy GTS. Nice piece of work as expected! Shipped fast and complete.
Makes me want more aluminum!
Install is cake, I've already dropped my tank once to modify my stock skid by cutting off an inch and re bending the mounting tabs to gain clearance after my 1 inch body lift. So I was familiar with the process and over all it was a little disappointing just how quickly the install went!
Stock / but modified skid clearance was 16 5 at the lowest point, and now I have 17.25 at the lowest point. Pretty good! The real two reasons for this purchase was that my stock skid has taken some HARD hits and that my track bar was all over it.
stock skid track bar clearance... none!
Savvy clearance... some!
All buttoned up and looking sexy...
Next thing............ CO2 tank! Getting old and airing up at the end of the day with a compressor while my buddies have power tanks is
This is kind of lame but it was something that bothered me a bit. I did the typical "wrap around" license plate mod when I did my corners and tail lights but always hated the unfinished look of it. I even did a little search for a curved license plate frame a while back to no avail. Well I didn't realize for some reason how nicely a cheap pep boys frame would bend until I saw one on another jeep today. So I picked one up and bam.... looks a lot better. Bent like nothing and looks like it was made that way. It was even already black. Now I need a simple little light..... hmmm. Sometimes cheap little stuff can be fun too.
I had a chance to test out my Savvy GTS yesterday. We ran Red and Coyote trail near Shaver Lake CA. Very fun trails with some challenging boulder fields and tough optional lines. Both of these trails end at lakes that were beautiful and provide some great camping opportunities. Bring your bug spray though, the mosquito's were quite bad. We were making good time in and out, with no real issues until my friend with a Toyota snapped all 4 steering knuckle studs! Not good. We had to drill them out, easy out and then pull 1 stud from each lower and the other upper knuckle so he'd have 3 at least.... well this took forever.... Drove out in the dark, home by 1am. Good times. Here's a few pics. Loved the Savvy GTS, Seemed to hit way less with the extra clearance, and rear suspension motion seems more fluid and quiet due the track bar not rubbing the skid. Also loving the Swag tailgate, I think that mod get's more attention than any other.... well maybe a tie with the MC fenders.
Gate keeper at the start of Coyote... got lucky with my line and walked it pretty easy.
Finally had a chance to clean up the Jeep today and do a little post run damage survey, this was probably the toughest I've been on it since a lot of mods ago. Happy to say everything is cool. Only thing I noticed and was a little surprised to see is a big ol dent in my windshield frame, haha I have no idea when that happened! Oh well I'm actually surprised it's the first time i've hit it.
Also had a little extra time to clean my engine bay, kind of a waste of time since it's all dust for the next few months up there. Clean right now though....
Well she's cleaned up and ready for the next adventure....
Had a chance to go wheeling today. Today we did a short section of Swamp lake trail and The Brewer lake trail, both of these are located just past Shaver Lake CA. The small section of the Swamp trail we did was to check out an old quartz mine..... it's a pretty neat spot with a lot of still standing buildings from the early 1900's I presume....
The miners cabin, still in pretty good shape...
The actual mine... I've been in it a few times. Not smart but fun.
Random trail shots... Jeep worked good as ever.
Such a poser...
And here's a vid coming out of Brewer Lake right at the bottom. This is a knarly spot. Very fun to watch rigs come through it. One of my favorite little spots to mess around. Good spot to bang some stuff up.
The clean up has begun... well sorta. It doesn't need much lol. I always like to do thorough post inspections underneath to see what's going on, actually I think I just like laying under my jeep looking at it's guts for some reason. Hot out today ...
Looks like the ol' long arms are taking some abuse, but handling it just fine. I do scrape them a lot, I don't know if it's actually MORE than the short arms...... scraped them plenty too.
Now this is a little concerning.... I'm surprised it's actually in this good a shape after all these years, but these are definitely some new scratches. I wish there were more options for bolt on oil pan skids for 2.5's! This is going to the top of the next mod list...
The RC skid is holding up great, I'm really surprised just how little I actually drag it around, The only bit of scraping is on the far edges of it, center's never been touched... weird. I'm really low too.
Ok well after inspecting the front end and looking for anything out of place, everything looks cool. I'm kind of waiting for some front end parts to start showing some wear. My jeep has 87k on it. Stock U-joints, Ball joints, unit bearings...... no issues though so I'll keep running it I guess.
Now off to the store to get some paint, Gotta get her all cleaned up for her little SAVVY surprise tomorrow.
Last edited by gst95dsm; 07-04-2012 at 11:47 AM..
When you do replace the ball joints, make sure you get Spicer units. A friend swapped this D30 into his Explorer and ran 33" TrXus tires with an aussie locker. The axle was of unknown mileage but the ball joints were within spec and did not have appreciable play. He did not change them and on his first trip out:
The lower joint pulled apart at the bottom and so did the upper joint. This caused the knuckle to come apart and ruined the lower joint beyond any kind of repair.
We were able to stick the upper joint back in and use a bolt through the bottom like this:
So we could get him home like this:
When I swapped an HP30 into my XJ, I changed the ball joints even though the existing ones are good. Remember, we put a LOT more abuse on these than they were ever meant to withstand, so standard service intervals don't always apply. I would also recommend sticking with Spicer 760 U joints (though I don't get the impression that you cheap out anyway).