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Unread 01-19-2010, 08:45 PM   #16
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Decided to do 5/8" heim joints on the frame side, instead of 1 1/4", and fixed bushings on the axle side to keep some on-road stability. I will be posting up a revised parts inventory this week, and I'm going to start ordering parts this week as well. Just got a bonus check from work due to the renewal of our Union contract, which was one of the stipulations, so I have a bit of extra cash to throw at the Jeep.

I will post what I order later in the week.

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Unread 01-25-2010, 12:01 AM   #17
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A bit of an update. Got a little bit of work done to the axles. My buddy didn't have hockey this weekend so we got the 9 inch unloaded from the trailer and started the tear down. Come to find out that the HP44 had a pretty new carrier, geared to 3.54. The Ford 9 inch on the other hand was completely seized. The differential oil was black, and looked like it hadn't been changed since it rolled off the factory floor in 78. The brake shoes were adjusted all the way out, and the drums were stuck on. So we decided to beat the living hell out of the drums to get them off. Well, actually we didn't have much of a choice. We even had to grind the heads off of the spring retainers on the inside of the shoes to get everything to loosen up. It was a huge pain in the ***. Needless to say we got the drums off, but the axle shafts were giving us a little bit of trouble too. After we got one of the shafts unbolted and part way out, we decided to call it quits due to an overwhelming amount of back pain. The pinion on the Ford 9 inch is huge! That thing dwarfs the HP44 in all comparison.

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Ford 9 inch pinion:


HP 44 carrier:


Side by Side Comparison:
HP44 on the left, 9 inch on the right. There is a ton of tools on the ground because of the severe lack of organization that my friend has, and gear oil that leaked everywhere because he thought it would be a good idea to tip the housing over while trying to the shaft out.



Hope you guys enjoy the pictures. More to come next week. I just need to quit partying so much on Saturdays...
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Unread 01-25-2010, 02:12 PM   #18
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bump for the day crew.
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Unread 01-31-2010, 02:18 AM   #19
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I had every intention of working on my axles this weekend, but then this happened:



Had to get towed back home. It would drive, but I didn't want to risk damaging anything else, and I'm going to try and salvage the SYE.

From what I can gather, something caused the 4wd planetary gear to seize, which in turn blew up the transfer case. I'm thinking the front driveshaft might be the culprit.



Found an NP-231 out of a 2000 TJ for $150. Gonna go pick it up tomorrow. With any luck the SYE will be salvageable, and the axle build will commence with just a minor set back.
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Unread 01-31-2010, 09:04 PM   #20
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Picked up an NP-231 from an 96 XJ for $175. Happened to find out that my SYE was still good. Ran in to a couple of different problems with the new transfer case though, but I'm getting those sorted soon enough. Blew out a u-joint on the rear driveshaft, and little did I know that the drain/filler plugs on the XJ 231 are 1-3/16" hex. Another problem was that the input yoke shaft is a little shallow for the NV-3550 tail shaft, so I will be swapping the yokes out too.

It was a bad day, and now I'm losing money because I can't drive to work tomorrow, and I no longer have a spare vehicle.
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Unread 02-04-2010, 09:23 PM   #21
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Maybe I should bring my hp 60 up to Nick's so it won't be bored in my garage. Once it gets warmer this should be moving along nicely.
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Unread 02-04-2010, 09:25 PM   #22
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Unread 02-09-2010, 07:55 PM   #23
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Maybe I should bring my hp 60 up to Nick's so it won't be bored in my garage. Once it gets warmer this should be moving along nicely.
I want to build some new axles. I feel left out
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Unread 05-06-2010, 12:10 PM   #24
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I haven't updated this in a while, mainly due to a lack of finances being available. I quit my job a few months back, because I joined the Army in March, and ship out to Basic Training in July. In the meantime I have been working on a few little projects here and there to keep myself busy. The first one is, when we assembled the transfer case, we assembled it incorrectly, at least, without the input shaft bearing seal/retainer. A few months ago the Jeep started acting a little odd, speedometer going haywire, the engine would bog down and then pick back up suddenly, so I started tearing things apart. When I noticed about a quart of trans fluid pour out between the transmission and transfer case, I knew something wasn't quite right. Anyway, that's back together now, and working like a charm.

The next little project was rebuilding the CV joint on my front driveshaft. This is not a fun job at all. I headed over to a buddies house to get some help with it, being that he has more tools than I do. Got it knocked out in a couple of hours, but man is it a bear. The centering ball joint was completely destroyed. The metal had splintered and mushroomed out to one side, the needle bearings were shot, the rubber piece wasn't even rubber anymore. It was pretty bad.

Last but not least, I'm currently in the process of painting my fenders. I unbolted everything yesterday with the help of another friend, and we sanded down the paint and started painting. I decided to paint them a flat black color, rather than a glossy black. I'm no painter, so it's easier to hide the imperfections in flat black. I'll post some pictures up a little later, but there's my update.
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Unread 05-10-2010, 04:43 PM   #25
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Last but not least, I'm currently in the process of painting my fenders. I unbolted everything yesterday with the help of another friend, and we sanded down the paint and started painting. I decided to paint them a flat black color, rather than a glossy black. I'm no painter, so it's easier to hide the imperfections in flat black. I'll post some pictures up a little later, but there's my update.
And they turned out pretty good!
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Unread 05-10-2010, 05:30 PM   #26
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Unread 05-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #27
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Here's a pic for starters


he has better ones though
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Unread 05-11-2010, 11:25 AM   #28
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whats the lowest you can gear the 44/9? If you can gear lower why not? I have the same motor/trans and have 4.88's with 33's and will eventually go 35's. 38's are alot bigger, i think you should go some where in the 5.**'s
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Unread 05-11-2010, 05:19 PM   #29
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I think the lowest with a 44/9 combo is a 5.38. The reason for 4.88's? I still want some on-highway stability. Top speed isn't a major concern with Jeeps, I understand that, but being able to do 70-75 without hitting the rev limiter in 5th gear is always a plus.
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Unread 05-11-2010, 05:25 PM   #30
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lol you'll be outta cash after how much you'll fill up with RPM's that high, then it would be time to sell the Jeep!
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