Well, that was a waste of $30 and an hour of my time... Driver side axle leaks even worse now I think. F-me... Looks like I'm probably getting another axle made. Oh well, it's just money right?
On another note, the expo rides like a cadi. Almost too soft in my opinion and it seemed a bit rolly polly. So basically I screwed around with the shocks tonight on top of wasting my hour or whatever it was with the axle. Pulled both off, ripped them apart, 100% new seals thru out and changed up the valving. Tried to get a little tricky with the valving too.
I wanted to lessen the body roll so I plugged 2 out of the 3 total bleed screws. The bleed screws are just ports right thru the piston that allows the oil to bypass the valving. They're tiny but plugging each one is pretty noticeable by the seat of your pants. I had all 3 of them open before so I plugged up 2 of them effectively giving only one oil bypass port, when the piston moves faster then that port can flow it forces the oil thru the valve shims.
I also wanted to leave a semi soft ride on the road but make it a bit more responsive and firm it up a bit so it wasn't so tuna boat cadi like. It's a top heavy rig so while the soft ride was nice it just seemed like a handful. I also wanted to firm it up on the hard hits. I did this by going thicker on all the compression valves, basically one step up in thickness and then I stuck a tiny .008" spacer between the main shim and the 2nd shim to create what everyone calls a flutter stack. This makes it so small minor bumps basically let the suspension free float over it and the main valve stack doesn't come into play until that main shim bends past that spacer and slams into the rest of the stack.
Took it for a test drive up 95 to decatur and back. I like that fast lane running south on 95 cause it's got those rollers right in the middle of those turns at 70mph. Nothing like testing on the freeway with others around right? Well, it's WAY more controled thru there. It's not as smooth but no 2nd bouncy rebound like it had. It corners on the on and offramps better and seems to just want to stay planted more. Hit my dips on harmon crossing nellis and it's just as smooth as it was but the front end doesn't slinky back up on rebound after the dip. It just returns right back to ride height! Pretty much I'm STOKED now with how it rides on the street. Still pretty smooth but much more responsive and controllable. More street carish I guess you could say vs. grandma's lincoln where you feel no bumps at all.
Rock crawling won't matter, that's all in spring selection cause for the most part the motions are too slow to really affect the shocks. Will be interesting to see how it does thru the whoops!
While the shocks were off I also got my brake lines hard mounted on the frame too rather then the zip ties. This weekend I need to figure out a loop to kinda work as a leash to keep them out of the coils and away from the tires. Almost got that all buttoned up though at least now!
Tomorrow do some more email action with my axle guy to see what it's going to take and if he's going to help me out or if I get to just suck it up and buy another one on my own... Tomorrow night I'll probably get started on the hitch setup and then I think Sat I'll button that up, cut the rear u-bolts and then possibly get going on the rock sliders. The axle deal is seriously a bummer!!!! It's not really much work. Probably 2 hours at the most once I get it and the money really isn't a big deal either, just was really looking forward to being done with it... Oh well though, it is what it is. All part of the fun when going 100% one off custom crap.