I got the ****ing gears done. Glad I didn't settle for the first "final" set up. Found out that one of the bearing races was 2 thou taller than the other, throwing my pattern off on final assembly. Taking that into account, I got a much better set up, but I had to take the pressed on bearings and races out a few times. I'll paint up the axle for good measure and toss it back under the Jeep.
Painted the rear. It's drying now. Since it's a summer only Jeep, it wasn't in bad shape, but since I had the axle pulled, figured I'd clean it up. The HP D30 is back on the operating table for the JJs I posted above, and final torque of the pinion nut. Never did that when I put it all together. Fear of commitment perhaps.
JJs are mounted on the front axle. I only tack welded the replacement for the bracket. I'll finish welding it after I test fit the front axle. Everything torqued and buttoned up. Hung it from a shelf upright in the garage to get it out of the way. Rear axle is all buttoned up, filled and back under the Jeep. Just need to tighten up the nuts and bolts and bleed the brakes, then it's done.
nice work man. i didnt do anything to the jeep over the weekend. i need to shime my rear axle a bit i got driveline vibe i can feel inside the cab nothing major even with a transfercase drop. going to get custom skid plates made soon for the jeep. and tax return is going to allow me go up to 4.5" lift kit. debating on doing it.
4.5" Rough Country x series lift kit/ lifted xj 31x10.50 15x8 4"backspacing cragar rims/ trimmed front rear fenders/custom swaybar quick disconnects/custom winch bumper w/ warn winch/custom roof rack/ lights mounted.
my build thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/my-jeep-build-xj-1156115/index3.html