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Fantastic video. I wish I was closer to Rausch.


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Got the Poison Spyder lazer fit roll cage installed over the long weekend. I feel much better about bringing my kids along with me in the Jeep. I'm not going to change the way I drive because of the cage, just more protection for myself and the kids.

Down the line, I may cut out the plated A-Pillar and run a tube instead. Also plan to tie it into the frame at some point.

Next Wheeling trip is in two week to Gore.
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Down the line, I may cut out the plated A-Pillar and run a tube instead.

Thatís exactly what I wound up doing with my PS cage.



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Did you buy a tube or have someone locally bend you one?

All custom - bent it myself. I cut the a-pillar off where it meets the top bar, and welded in the new downtube and grab handle with the rest of the cage still in place. Worked well, and no interference with the vents if you position the new a-pillar tube correctly.

I also added a tubing connector in the a-pillar below the level of the dash so that I can remove the cage if need be without fully removing the dash. If not for that connector, the plate at the bottom of the tube would keep you from lifting it straight up and out through the dash.

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Took a day trip to Rausch Creek to celebrate by son's 3rd birthday. He loved it. Up and back from my house in southern MD makes for a long day though.

Towards the end of the day the LSD inside the rear locker was making one hell of a racket. Tore it apart when I got home and found chunks of metal in the diff. Its been going out for awhile I suspect. Nothing to repair, so no sense in taking the time to open the locker and diagnose further.

Ring and pinion and all bearings look good. I have a line on a front locker to slap into the rear. going to order a master install kit and swap over my gears to the new locker and get it set up at a shop.

Need to get it repaired before another big trip in two weeks with my club to the Cove.

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Destroyed something in the rear end this weekend. Probably the locker. I got 2 years out of a stock front Rubicon locker in the rear.

Once I’ve taken it apart and I’ve confirmed it’s the rear I’ve got some decisions to make. To dump more money into the d44 or swap in a narrower d60.

I’ve got a lot of time and custom set up into the d44 and it should be able to hold up to my 35’s with an ARB.

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Lockers spider gears crapped out. Time to replace the locker or whole axle. Decisions decisions.
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Also twisted the splines on the passenger side pretty good.
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Got the axle ready for the 35 spline upgrade.

Had to drill out the ARB for the larger ring gear bolts.

Closed off the existing sensor switch with a 1/4 NPT oil pan plug.

Removed and closed off the existing air line bulkhead fitting.

Drilled a 1.75” hole in the 1/2” thick truss so I can access the housing to drill for the ARB bulkhead fitting. Then tapped for a 1/4 NPT.

Just about ready to set up the Backlash on the new locker and slap it back together.

4 new Duroflex bushings arrived today as well. Will swap those out before I put the axle back under.
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Got the Jeep back on the road today. Noting too spectacular just bolting the axle back in and putting everything back where it came.

Swapped the battery too because it wasn’t holding a charge.

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