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Unread 07-21-2013, 09:10 AM   #76
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You got to start them young!



This is the entrance to Grandmothers. Nick climbed it on the first try. The video shows that it took about 20 seconds of slow climbing. It also showed 4 minutes and 38 seconds of 5 attemps with a 2006 LJ on 33's aired down to 10psi failing miserably.



My front end kept sliding off to the drivers side.



Here's Nick exiting Gorge.



Last pic is Nick's daily driver for the next 9 to 13 months. He want's to lower the CJ2a a little and re-build the V-6. He's got a lot of time to plan before he comes home!!



At the end of the day the best trials we made it through were Fun Run, UA, Ravine, and the Gorge. Nick is leaving his 2a at my house while he's deployed. I wonder how long its going to take before I head to Superlift with it?

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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #77
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Last time I was at the park I let Tony, Steven and Toby talk me into running that grandmother trail. It was fun on 31s with no lockers. Your son jeep is just awesome.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #78
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Last time I was at the park I let Tony, Steven and Toby talk me into running that grandmother trail. It was fun on 31s with no lockers. Your son jeep is just awesome.
That first slab of slate has bested me about 12 times now. In the video you should see my face when Nick just walked up it. I beat on that shovel of a skid plate for over 4 mins with no luck! I may need to borrow some 37's just for that one climb.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 10:18 AM   #79
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Flat skid that LJ and never look back.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #80
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Flat skid that LJ and never look back.
Agreed, one of the best mods I made to my LJ.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 10:07 PM   #81
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Last couple of months I've mostly been working, not much trail riding or working on the jeep. Did order an AA SYE and Tom Woods drive-shaft and Rock Krawler rear adjustable arms. The Wife went to Eureka Springs to meet up with her sisters (real sisters) for the weekend. It just happen to be 'Diversity Weekend' in Eureka Springs........

So, I have the weekend to myself so I thought I might see what I could get completed on the jeep. All this has been covered many times on the forum and there's nothing I can add but I sure appreciate all the great write-ups I've followed. You all have inspired me and saved me countless dollars through the years. You know you got the jeep fever bad when The Wife walks by and ask "you looking at jeep porn again?" and just keeps walking.

Here's a pic of my skid plate with the transfer case lowering spaces. It's not a great pic but I forgot to take one before I stated so I found one from last year when I installed the Savvy Motor Mount and Body Lift. It was a big ol' shovel!



Here's my goodies, its been sitting on my work bench for a couple of weeks. I spent more time then I want to admit just sitting in the shop looking at it all. I'm turning into a old boring jeep alcoholic.



For those who don't know, that's a NP231 transfer case!



I forgot I had a HF tanny thing-a-ma-giggy. I last used it in 2004 to replace a SM420 in my CJ. It really made this an easy 1 man job.



We have separation....



No turning back now.



Ta Da! The SYE did come with 2 of the larger mode-gear retaining rings. Once I got it all back together I noticed that extra ring. I started to take it all apart again but stopped myself. There isn't a retaining ring for the tailhouse bearing so the only place that required one would be the mode-gear. I guess I just got an extra one in the kit. Once it was all together I did run through the gears while on jack stands and it all held together. Even took it out for a short run to test. It passed!



Buttoned up and looking sweeeet.



MONEY SHOOT! No more spacers Tomorrow I'll install the adjustable rear upper control arms.

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Unread 11-03-2013, 12:30 PM   #82
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I like the direction you are going with your Jeep mods. Awesome wheeling pictures also!
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Unread 11-03-2013, 12:57 PM   #83
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I like the direction you are going with your Jeep mods. Awesome wheeling pictures also!
Thanks!

Got the upper arms installed and the pinion set. I removed both upper arms then jacked the pinion up until it and the drive-shaft matched. Installed the passenger upper arm, lower the jack to see if the angle remained the same. It took a couple of times but finally got it. But, the driver side arm was about 1/8" to long and was in a bind. Tried a couple of things and just couldn't get it to go so I removed the passenger arm, set up the pinion with the drivers side and then installed the passenger side and made sure that is wasn't in a bind. Took it for a drive, hit some ditches, ran over a couple of fallen trees, took it back home and checked it all once again. It all looked good! Time for a little adult beverages
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Unread 11-03-2013, 01:03 PM   #84
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I'd recommend not doing it that way.

Unbolt both arms at the axle end. Use the jack to position your pinion where it needs to be. Adjust one arm so that you can slide the bolt through. Adjust the other arm the same way. Tighten bolts. Release jack.

Using that method, the arms will be seeing equal load which is what matters.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #85
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I'd recommend not doing it that way.

Unbolt both arms at the axle end. Use the jack to position your pinion where it needs to be. Adjust one arm so that you can slide the bolt through. Adjust the other arm the same way. Tighten bolts. Release jack.

Using that method, the arms will be seeing equal load which is what matters.
Got it, and will do it, Thanks! I read some of your previous post about equal load on the arms when doing this. Somehow I screwed it up but will correct it. I appreciate you pointing it out.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #86
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Took the time yesterday to set the pre-load on my rear upper control arms to 0 as Conner suggested then re-installed the front driveshaft. I went all week with it off and was getting an extra 2 mpg. I have a 108 mile round trip every day and a couple of extra miles in a gallon was nice.

I was pretty worn out from work this week, then working on the jeep all day Sat, so I was going to take it easy today and just veg out on some football. Last night The Wife kept saying she wanted to go to Hot Springs and run some trials at Superlift before all the leaves were gone. I hinted that I kind of wanted to stay home and of course that didn't go to well. Finally, about 10:30 last night she said, ' your wife wants to go to Superlift and your not sure if you want to go, whats wrong with you!'. We left out at about 9am this morning.

Had a good day, the only issue was with the passenger rear brake pad. It was chattering on deep descents, quite as a mouse on climbs but lots of noise with the nose pointing down. Time for pads and rotors.

I've hit this ledge at the entrance to 'Grandmothers' over 20 times and have never made it up, always had to bypass. After the SYS I removed the spacers on the skid plate, so I gained an inch of clearance, where it really mattered.

Pulling up to that little ledge.







Here we go!






Starting to slide to the left as usual but will it fall off this time?




Finally!! So, I went back and did it again just to be sure.




Who knew that an extra inch could do so much!
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Unread 11-10-2013, 04:35 PM   #87
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Always nice to make something you couldn't before, after some mods. Makes you feel a little better about spending the cash. Nice pics!
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Unread 11-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #88
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Always nice to make something you couldn't before, after some mods. Makes you feel a little better about spending the cash. Nice pics!
Thanks Nathan.
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Unread 11-10-2013, 06:51 PM   #89
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Always nice to make something you couldn't before, after some mods. Makes you feel a little better about spending the cash. Nice pics!
X2 on both accounts . Wait til you go to a flat skid
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Unread 12-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #90
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Death Wobble. Checked track bar and it was tight as a tick. Ball joints and rod ends were a little loose. Changed ball joints and install new Crown HD steering linkage yesterday. Still have Death Wobble. Heading out to National Forest to put it out of its misery...
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