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Unread 10-03-2013, 02:50 AM   #121
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Thats what confused me also. Some say not to use the steel gasket with the square switch or it wont shift. Some say to reuse it.
I didnt learn this until after the fact.
I belueve i used the steel gasket, but cant remember for certain now.

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Unread 10-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #122
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One or two final updates. I've been running it around town with my HF welder made rear driveshaft, and no ladder bar, so I have been taking it easy.

Went to the pick and pull today and snagged a DC front driveshaft from a Grand Cherokee to make my rear driveshaft. With my pinion angle starting to creep upward because of my sagging rear springs, and longer shackles, it's right about in the middle of where it needs to be for either driveshaft. I would have to shim it either a few degrees up for the DC, or back down for the regular u-joints.
Might as well go the DC route. It was just a matter of using the front yoke from my Q-trac transfer case on the rear of the Dana 18.

The rear driveshaft needed to be longer than what it was. The front needed shortened.
I got by with just cutting the DC joint off my old front driveshaft. It is a perfect fit with a new yoke put on.
I got everything tack welded into place, hopefully my diodes for the welder will be here on Monday, and it fixes the problem. Then I can weld them up for good.


I got the runout on the rear shaft to .005. The runout on the front shaft was perfect at the end I welded, but about .60 at the factory weld at the slip joint.




Also welded new ends on the ladder bar using thicker I cut off one of the old driveshafts. Still need to weld it solid also.



My homemade driveshaft "spinner".
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Unread 10-05-2013, 10:17 PM   #123
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You would make TW proud lol
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Unread 10-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #124
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Time to wrap it up. Swap is complete. Driveshafts are made, ladder bar is in, test ride went fine.

Definitely a lot of work, but I think it will be well worth it in the end. I should have a pretty stout drivetrain now. No more stretching chains that I can't get replacements for.







Nothing left to do, but wheel it and see if it breaks.....

I also have plenty of room to raise my belly pan a few inches for more clearance now. Future project????
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Unread 10-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #125
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Nice job! I'd be very interested to know how she holds up.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #126
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Nice job! I'd be very interested to know how she holds up.
Hopefully well. I'm hoping to get out wheeling this weekend. I'll post up a report.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #127
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Finally drove it again. A little cold on the way to work at about 40 degrees, but it sure felt good to run it again.

Got my center console put back in. It fit with the shift levers, I just had to hug it to the driver's seat some.
Tried to put on the new shift boot, and it won't work either. I don't know it it's that mine is mounted with some distance between the shifters and the tunnel, or they are just crappily made, but I can't find one large enough to allow the shift levers to move far enough.
The wife is going to break out the sewing machine and make me one herself.
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Unread 10-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #128
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Unrelated, but do you find any decrease in shock dampening with them angled to the center like that? I'm working out new rear shock mounts due to a u-bolt flip and trying to find a solution
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Unread 10-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #129
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Unrelated, but do you find any decrease in shock dampening with them angled to the center like that? I'm working out new rear shock mounts due to a u-bolt flip and trying to find a solution
They seem slightly softer compared to how I used to run my old shocks. Which leads to a little "bouncing" feeling. Heavier valving, or gas charged shocks (or adjustable 9000's) would easily make up for it. When I replace them, it will probably be gas charged on the rear.
These shocks seems soft to begin with, which to me is fine. No problems with control on the highway, and the travel I can get out of them in the small space avaliable is worth it to me.

Thinking ahead, I did make the upper shock mounts bolt on, with bolt holes to position them out towards the frame more straight up and down if need be.
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Well I am sure she will wheel just fine but cannot wait to hear a report.
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Unread 10-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #131
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Finally got a chance to wheel it today. I pushed it pretty hard through some things that were the hardest on the quadratrac chain. Glad to report, everything went fine. It's nice to be able to use the skinney pedal once in awhile as needed.
Being able to engage the front at will made a difference having a front locker. It was nice not having to fight the steering all day long. A little pressure on the lever, and a burp of the throttle was all it took to slide it in and out.









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Unread 10-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #133
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Glad it's working good. Our group went wheeling today, I had to work. So it's good to see your pics!

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