Looks like I may not be able to do it tomorrow after all...Just informed I may need to go to Fairplay tomorrow. Won't know till later tonight, or when I get to work in the morn...Just hope I get a chance to do it before the weekend...wanna test it out over the holiday
From Highlands Ranch, you'd take C-470 west to 285, then head into the hills. About 30 miles in (between Conifer and Bailey), you come to an intersection called Shaffer's Crossing (Elk Creek Road). You head south there about 5 miles.
But at this point, I don't know when I'll be able to do it. Should be tomorrow, Thursday or Friday, and obviously I can't expect anyone to make plans when I can't make em fer myself
Tomorrow (Thursday) is the day! For sure this time
I've slated the whole day for it (though hopefully it won't take that long).
Think I got everything i'm gonna need, even if I have to break the tcases down to swap the input.
Anyone's welcome to come lend a hand
Not an encouraging start.
Right off the bat, all 3 of my skid plate bolts stripped inside the rails
Got em off, but dunno if I'll be able to get it back on.
Got the rear drive shaft off, went to drain the tcase. Don't have an open end wrench or socket that large
Off to the store to buy one...and think I'll pick up a 6-pack while I'm at it...think I'm gonna need it before this is over
Dnrisden and I changed out my 249 for the 242 in less then 2 hours, so it shouldn't be bad.
This is another one of those deals like my hockey pucks last week. Whoever says they can do the job in 2 hours can bite my greasy fingernails!
I don't doubt it can be done in that amount of time...BUT, by someone who probably (1) has done it before, (2) has a hoist to put the vehicle in the air, (3) has a good, full set of tools.
Whereas, I (1) have never done this before, (2) am doing it laying on my back with the Jeep on jackstands, (3) have a piece-meal, mix-n-match, incomplete set of tools
At any rate, the old one is out. Looks like I lucked out, the input shafts match!
What doesn't match is the 4wd switch. The 249 has a 4-pin, the 231 a 2-pin. Are they interchangeable?
The switches are not interchangable. Might have to order one from Jeep. Would rather have that in before I put it back together. Getting to that switch would be a bear with everything assembled.
Also ran into another problem.
The used tcase did not come with the studs to attach it to the tranny.
2 of the old studs absolutley refuse to come out of the 249. Been to every auto parts and hardware, and no luck finding anything even close (10x1.00 on one end, 10x1.50 on the other).
Done for today. Will attack again in the morning...
Ouch...sounds like a long day. That's no fun. Good luck tomorrow!!!
The best part of the day was going to the parts store lookin for a 30mm wrench, and stoppin for lunch at a local italian joint, havin some ravioli and a couple beers Otherwise, yea, the day sucked mossy rocks
There are a couple of issues I need to address.
1- The trans x-member mounting bolts...one of the nuts tacked to the inside of the frame rails broke loose. Was unable to tighten that one bolt. Not sure what to do about this :/
2- No tcase skid plate. 3/3 of the insert nuts used to hold that thing on broke. Got a guy who has the insert nuts and tool who's gonna fix this for me next week...