post #16 of Old 06-23-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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I think the drive on this looks better.

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I don't know a lot about gears but that pattern looks pretty good to me! I'm also digging the Artec truss and braacket kit as well!
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I think I'm calling it good on the gears. I decided to move onto getting the brackets off, which I've been absolutely dreading. So I got the grinder out, found a cutting disc, got situated, and started cutting. 15 minutes in and I've accomplished basically nothing. Oh, it's also over 100 degrees out and I'm wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt. Screw that.

I went inside and said to my dad "I want to get the oxy-acetylene out.".

"...Okay. It's been a long time since I've cut so I don't really remember. Go get the welding book out, use the internet, whatever you want and figure it out."

An hour later, after plenty of reading I went and rolled the tanks and and got going. Went pretty well, on the practice piece. I was actually able to make some really clean cuts.



So I took a deep breath and headed over to the axle. First cut went okay. Second cut not great. On the second cut I was trying to cut where I had already started with the grinder. Because of this I was having trouble, but a little help with the grinder and a hammer, it came off.





Still have some work to do cleaning it up, but it's off. I'll do the other 3 tomorrow. Not sure using the torch is that much faster since I've never used it before, but it's a hell of a lot more fun.

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A grinder with a cut off wheel is easy, just hold it where you want the cut and put the disc to the metal
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Looks good, when I cut mine off I used a plasma cutter and that was nice, but ended up grinding forever cause I cut to far from the tube.

My advice is get as close as you can or bust out the cutoff disc before the flap wheel

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Freaking awsome thread, dont know how I missed it. I'm thinking I wat to do my swap in the Fall. I've been hesistant to do it since I have had no idea what to do with the brakes & getting the tracbar and all set up right. Hes mine right now: http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/...m/88newest.jpg
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I used a grinder and cut off wheels... Started by going at the welds, but they were pretty good welds! So I cut as close as I could, then flap disc'ed it smooth!!! Took a couple hours.

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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Looks good, when I cut mine off I used a plasma cutter and that was nice, but ended up grinding forever cause I cut to far from the tube.

My advice is get as close as you can or bust out the cutoff disc before the flap wheel
Yeah the first one I def cut to far away from the tube. The rest I'll try to cut much closer. Using that torch is a little nerve racking at first.

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Yeah the first one I def cut to far away from the tube. The rest I'll try to cut much closer. Using that torch is a little nerve racking at first.
Forget the torch! Section the brackets with a sawsall so that you're only dealing with one "plane“. Cut the weld close to the tube with a cutter wheel to weaken the weld and then bend the bracket off with a big crescent wrench.
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Hey man, great swap so far. I bought the same artec truss as you, I did not regear mine though I only have 4.10's

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Forget the torch! Section the brackets with a sawsall so that you're only dealing with one "plane“. Cut the weld close to the tube with a cutter wheel to weaken the weld and then bend the bracket off with a big crescent wrench.
That's easier said than done. The welds on the 8.8 aren't wimpy half *** welds like some factory axles. The leaf perches are 1/4" and the sway bar brackets are 3/16".

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Whew, finally finished getting the brackets off this morning. Took less than 10 min to cut them off but took a lot of grinding to smooth it out. I then loosely put the truss together and set it on the axle to see how it looked. I discovered a good friend who lived in the neighborhood has a 220v mig welder and he said I could use it any time. I'm going to get it this week so I can practice then this next weekend tack the truss on. I figured I'd rather use a mig welder than trying to mess with the stick welder.










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Lookn good!

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What are you doing with your vent tube? Some people say leave it where it is, others say move it to the housing, some say it will puke out if you put it there? Does the Axle kit prevent you from using the factory location? Sorry, just trying to figure out what I'm going to do!
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What are you doing with your vent tube? Some people say leave it where it is, others say move it to the housing, some say it will puke out if you put it there? Does the Axle kit prevent you from using the factory location? Sorry, just trying to figure out what I'm going to do!
It looks like I might have to relocate it because of the truss. When I did my test fit it was covered up, but that was using a totally random pinion angle. It might not be covered up depending on the pinion angle I choose. If I have to relocate it I'll just drill and tap a new spot on the axle tube and use vent/brake junction box off the d35.

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