Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Westminster, Co
Man that sucks!
I had a similar situation with a Tacoma I had before the Jeep. Friend of a friend referral "Oh yea, he has set up hundreds of gears, he will do it out of his house for extra money"....that sort of thing. After the first install of a lockrite and new gears in the front I was driving down the road and "BANG" then my truck jerked all the way around in the middle of the street. Get the thing to his house and take it apart and find the pinion bearing seized (probably from the wrong preload on the bearing).
The Jeeps have a similar set up as the Tacoma's in that there are no unlocking hubs. Something happens to a "locked/locker" set up and the whole thing stops dead. I was only going about 15mph when it happened, If I was going 50mph+, I surely would have rolled (the truck was sitting on 9" of lift and 35" tires).
Without manual hubs, I will never put a fulltime locker in the front again, and as far as gears go, it's the only thing I have not done myself to all my rigs, and the only thing I will leave to a professional from now on!
Glad to hear nobody got hurt and you got your stuff fixed ok. The guy who set it up originally should make it right with you IMO.
Gone but not forgotten:
05 TJ Sport
RK 5.5" Long Arm, 1" Daystar BL
M.O.R.E. Bombproof 1" MML
AA SYE, RE CV Driveshaft
4.56's, ARB Super 30 Front, Detroit D44 w/Alloys Rear
35" BFG MT's
RK X-Factor steering, Currie Anti-Rock,
Nth oil pan skid, Rock Crusher Diff covers
OBA (Viair 450c System)
Trail Gear Rockers
Custom rear bumper/swing out