So I woke up early this morning all excited to start working on the axle swaps. Set up the GoPro on the front fender of the Jeep(wanted to get video of speed from point to point before and after, just to see how much difference there is) Hopped in the Jeep, turned the key to nothing. no beeps, buzzers, lights, clicks...NOTHING! Crap! so I roll down the driveway thinking I'll just pop start it. NOTHING! So I jump start it, and do my thing. Pull it into the garage and get to work. Parts are flying off, bolts are turning, components are pulling right off. Awesome! Turdy five out in the driveway, and new giant D44 under the Jeep! Things are really rolling. Upper control arms check! Lower control arms, check! A little back talking from the Jeep getting the track bar in, but it was difficult last time. Ok, time for the brakes. Whoah, the factory breather bolt wont fit. Crap! Off to "VatoZone"(thanks marn) and ask the clerk if they have axle breather parts or brake fittings. I get the standard "year, make, model" questions. I tell them it wont matter, and they look at me like I'm in there asking for blinker fluid! I explain the situation, and the D-bagg cont behind the counter says they have all that stuff behind the counter, but it would be a needle in a haystack trying to find it in their bins. I just look at her and say "Wow, thanks for the help!" off to mcfadden-dale, they're closed! Off to 4wp, they send me to Napa, they dont have anything, so I go to the pep-boys "performance shop" and they at least had the breather fitting, but nothing that would work right. Now I'm pished off! Oh, and the parking brake cable is different, but that becomes important later. Get home and decide to just keep on going. Start on the front. Again parts are flying off the TURDY in the front. everything came off with no issues, and the D44 went underneath like a glove. It's huge in there! Upper control arms, check! Lower control arms, check! Springs, check! Ball joints, Check! Alright, this one's going to go in flawlessly, about time! Get everything tightened down and go to insert the driveshaft. Uh-oh, it wont compress enough to go into the yoke! Crap! Since the first issues with the brakes, I had been getting tech info from Garza(thanks by the way) I didn't even think about a larger axle being bigger! rofl! Uhhh, its a larger yoke, so it will be longer(essentially Garza's answer) I dont know why it didnt register in my mind that a bigger axle would actually be bigger! So then, out comes the front driveshaft! I'm driving this ish TONIGHT!!! Get it all back together, fill the diffs with oil(VERY, VERY important step not to be forgotten), and get the rear brakes hooked up and bled(still no parking brake) Move the jack and tools out of the way, hop in to take off on the maiden voyage, and "CLICK!" GODD@MM!T! Roll down the driveway, and can't pop it. Jump it again, and off I go. Cruising around the neighborhood, as casually as I can, because I really want to just MASH the gas, but the gears aren't broken in yet. I get about a 1/4 mile from the house, and after shifting to second, hear a pop from the front(I think its the track bar, I've heard it before on rocky gap) I then decide a day's a day, and drive it to the house and up into the garage. It is slightly slanted(of course) so I have to creep into the spot so I dont hit my benches, but leave room to close the door behind me. I basically shut it down as I let the clutch out making it slightly lurch forward just perfectly to fit, and not hit anything. I even remembered to not pull on the parking brake handle! lol Overall, it went smoothly, but I do have a few things I need to address, but I can drive it in an emergency. Time to get moving on a lift so I can be 4WD again! lol. I've got enough to do to keep me busy on it for at least a couple weeks though. Thanks again for letting me bug you Garza.
The difference between stupidity and ignorance. Ignorance is doing something wrong and not knowing better. Stupidity is knowing better, but doing it anyway. Don't be stupid!