Didn't get too much done last night cause I had Bible study at 8 so- in two hours I got the drive shaft out, the ebrake system fully removed, went ahead and greased all the joints before I forget about them and start bolting things back in, removed the skid pate (holy rusted bolts batman) and pulled the shocks. Here's a couple update pics.
Now- one question. Turns out that my 4:88 gears and ARB combo in the rear 70 means it won't work with the Ballistic fab Dana 60 diff cover, as I mentioned earlier. I'm trying to figure out how I want to remedy this- Here is what seems to be my options:
- go with a differnt diff cover
- use the stock diff cover and deal with it until I do the front- which is really when I'm going to wheel it anyhow as it ain't gonna see any dirt until the front axle is upgraded as well
- use a spacer off the diff to make it fit the ring gear
I believe I am leaning towards the later- but I wouldn't mind some opinions to this effect. If I go the spacer route I could:
A.) Weld the spacer to the current diff and flange (bevel the inner and outer edge and whatnot to get a good seal and pre-heat the crapp out of it in the over to keep warping from being an issue)
B.) Weld the "spacer" to the diff and then use gasketmaker to form a ridiculous seal between the two "flanges"
C.) cut the flange off the diff "dome" and just CNC a new "flange" piece out of 3/4" plate re-weld that to the dome- etc.
Eh... just thinking out loud (or in type as the case may be) but it's a thought.
And here is a pic of the side exhaust-as you can see- pretty protected\