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  2. sar4x4

    whyJ

    I didn’t know the U-Joint / ears situation as stated. The Burb is notably heavier, and I was having breakage type issues with the GM 10-bolt (Dana 44 sized) front axle. I haven’t wheeled her that hard once I put the Dana 60 (king pin) axle under her, and I don’t expect to! But that axle will stand up to my use. Of course I have the Dana 60 equivalent under the rear, the venerable GM 14 Bolt behemoth.
  3. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Here's what I'm reading...not based on real world experience 'Without a doubt, the Dana 44 ring and pinion will be stronger, but how many Dana 30 ring and pinion gears do you see break? From what I understand, most breakage occurs at the U-joint/axle ears, which are the same on both axles. The HP Dana 30 will get your front axle shaft up out of the rocks and will allow you to have your driveshaft at a better angle." Maybe chromoly shafts or RCVs would be a more appropriate upgrade? There is a set of Rubicon take-offs on Marketplace, but the $3200 price tag is not appealing. Jeep is antique-able next year, so I might look at Tons. But for now, I don't really plan of bouncing it up rocks, but I do need something I can drive....a LOT....that is my therapy
  4. sar4x4

    whyJ

    I won’t re-visit the Dana 30 and 44 discussions….. Lol
  5. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    On a Dana 30, the center pin is secured by a roll pin that is only accessible with the ring gear removed, so to do a proper inspection the whole shebang needs to be pulled out. I'm in no rush the do that right now LOL
  6. sar4x4

    whyJ

    Yeah, though I have no hand’s on experience with the Lock-Rite’s, that seems to not have much ‘clamping’ force. Are the ‘teeth’ and or clamping (interference) surfaces okay? Or abnormally worn?
  7. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Little update.... Jeep seems to be working well since I replaced the rear end and nosed-down the pinion. I do have a problem with the front Lock Right, where it seems to disengage under heavy load. I was looking at the springs and pins in one of my videos and they seem to be be intact. So, I might have to shim it a little tighter. We ran through Renfrew to Beaverbank last weekend and it had no issues, other than climbing ice and the locker not functioning correctly. Also, bought a t-case with a SYE installed in it and a front TJ drive shaft to shorten for the SYE.....that's a project for warmer days LOL. 20231123_104011.mp4
  8. sar4x4

    whyJ

    Well it seems I had mistakenly / mysteriously lost feed (my fault) and had missed ( quite) a few posts. All caught up now! Wish I had something to post… Had hoped to give a verbal update at Coffee but had to shy away from that.
  9. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Pulled into the Halifax Infirmary car park for an appointment, all was well. Came back to the Jeep, pulled out of my spot, and clicky click. Of course it was also rush hour too, which was good, because it really kept my speed down on the drive home to Fall River LOL. Found bad ujoint. I think it bodes well that these are these super duper easy to replace!!
  10. ooo - I like the Powerfist tool box. It fits nicely in there.
  11. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Sourced a complete D35 and swapped it out. Yes I know, D35. But I don't plan on going build crazy on this thing. Fixed the pinion angle in the process. It had a bad DS vibe under hard acceleration as the pinion was pointing up too much. I think that's how I broke it... when a rock climb rolled the pinion too high due to soft leafs. Also added brackets for my hi lift, and something I should have done years ago.... welded corner brackets to the floor for a metal storage box. No more loose tools and parts
  12. Anyone have a set of torches / gauges / bottles they are looking to get rid of? Looking for the smaller B / MC style tanks (no contract).
  13. We don't post trail info on the website so that the trails don't get abused. I'd suggest you come out to a coffee night or a trail run, but we've been a bit lax on those lately. Keep an eye out here - we will post anything coming up!
  14. Varune

    New Member.

    Awesome! Any recommendations on a trail close to Halifax to explore? I've seen ATVs on the trails off the highways. Are those specific to ATVs or can we (trucks) use them as well?
  15. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    looks like I did a bit more damage than just the ujoint strap. I was replacing the pinion seal, and the pinion dropped into the carrier. So I took the cover off and saw the reason it was clicking....assumed the clicking was the front locker. Hmmm I better inspect that too!!! I guess Dana 35s don't jive with 35s
  16. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Dave switched out his rear-end to a earlier style and re-worked his disk brake setup to accommodate it. He also broke the springs on his lockright, so pulled it out for now. I think he's sourced new ones. On the pinion angle - I think what happened was, I slid backwards on the climb, which moved to pinion up even further and pull the bolts. I've yet to measure the angles....
  17. sar4x4

    whyJ

    Thanks for the write up! That pic of your pinion angle shows a very steep pinion angle. I know you know how to test / amend if necessary, yada yada. Did Dave get an axle shaft or whatever was ailing his rig recently? Armchair wheeler here….
  18. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Alright, ran the Holland Rd to 102 Weigh Scale trail, which I've run a few times in the dry....well this was a few hours after torrential rain. It was a challenge! 1/5th of the way in and you get to the foot of the 1st hill climb. There are 2 routes; Left: a gnarly washout with boulders and lots of off-camber. This is the route we've taken in the Zuk before. Right: trail (was) just wide enough to squeeze a JK through So, being host, I went 1st and took the usual washout route. Now, halfway up the washout there are 2 spots with deep holes and big rocks. I got my right rear tire lodged in a big hole, and had to pull cable before the Jeep rolled over. I also popped my front right tire off the bead in the process. Now at the top of the washout, it was Ben's turn in his JK, which he made up the wet rutted tree root laden hill with some spotting. Dave was next. Since he is currently fully open diffs, we had to pull cable and there was some RPMs to help him on his way up the hill. He also busted a side mirror on a tree. Robbie was last, and had no issues. Whilst at the top of the washout, I noticed my Jeep wasn't charging. Now, this isn't a new problem as I've replaced 4x 50A alternator fuses so far. I couldn't find a fuse, so after making a jumper I was charging again. After a short drive up the hill, there is another nice obstacle to climb over. Last time I was there the Zuk climbed it, and the JK I was with had to use the bypass. I blew the rear driveshaft ujoint cap bolts whilst trying it. So that was the end of the trip. But, there's more! On the way down, we all took the tight non-washout trail. I was fine, just scraped a tree or 2. Ben on the other had, smashed his JK hardtop up pretty bad on the tree knot, and we ended up having to cut some trees to help him get out. Robbie busted a rear light assembly (just clips) So, a usually tight and technical trail ended up producing a fair amount of winching and some carnage. So, what's next for the Jeep. The front locker is making a loud noise clunck when it unlocks under load - probably normal operation. Will check diff oil, and/or shavings on the drain plug. Check the transfer case - not a drop of oil came out of it with the driveshaft removed - it's open splined Lesson learned - 12PSI is way way too low on this one!! Look into ujoint strap failure Check pinion angle - looks too steep! Measure flange input/output angles. Maybe try find a Ford 8.8 with 4.10s - stronger than D35...maybe if I keep the Jeep. Don't want to go full size! 4.5" RC leafs too soft - axle wrap? Build anti-wrap bar? Replace leafs with non RC junk (they ride so good tho LOL) v Beef up the ujoint straps using ubolts - trying this now
  19. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    LOL I think a lot of this is the RC leafs, it rides really noice....they are SOFT!!!! like, I didn't even need to air down last time I was out, and I always always air down.
  20. sar4x4

    whyJ

    Having said all that, unless I’m having a brain fart, - I have always wondered how useful a track bar is with leaf springs??? I guess my leaves don’t have much travel in them….
  21. sar4x4

    whyJ

    I was in a waiting area when I typed that long dissertation. Lol It was for newbies…
  22. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    good call, but I can't see any of that going on. it's not that it's loose just not precise. no issues on the highway, only on tighter turns on roads where body roll and weight shift is induced. apparently common on these without a front trackbar. trackbar is due in today, so I'll need to make an axle side bracket for it as the PO cut it off. I cut the remains of the frame side bar out last night....
  23. sar4x4

    whyJ

    Jay - I have front leaf springs on two old rigs as you know. I have very little steering issues NOW. Aside from checking all steering ‘bushings’, check steering column ‘rag joint’, steering box bolt tightness, and ESPECIALLY the frame for cracks near the box, and for frame flex (twisting) near the box. On my rigs I had to upgrade all those issues. ‘Fish plate’ the frame, cross-over braces frame-to-frame, etc. WHAT A DIFFERENCE once all tightened up!
  24. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    Aside from fixing a few things and installing some mandatory electronics; Fixed drivers door handle in-op slackened off steering box, was over tightened (by seller) cleanup up lots of loose wiring Installed relay operated accessory fuse panel move the fuel pump 'anti-theft switch' to the fuse panel wireless phone charger/mount GPS thingy CB and antenna To do install parking brake cables / upgrade to a XJ handbrake fix the rear pinion leak try figure out where the spots of coolant are coming from on the passenger floor change the AX15 transmission oil - it's really stiff when cold. Read that RED LINE MT-90...expensive tho!! tinkering...lots of tinkering needed for this Heep lol With leaves up front, this thing drives just like the Samurai - with no sway bars & no track bars, in turns there is a 1/4 steering wheel delay in actual vehicle movement as the leaves react to weight shift. It doesn't instill trust and I don't like it. All bushings are new and tight, and the 4.5" R/C lift springs are very soft. (comfy, but very very soft) So, I've ordered a JKS telescopic trackbar to help stiffen up the leaves (leafs?) This will allow me to lock up the front whilst not wheeling, and have no trackbar whilst wheeling.... Hopefully that will help.
  25. SQRLPWR

    whyJ

    so I read urethane paint is what's needed to go over bedliner https://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-PREMIUM-1-gal-OSHA-3-OSHA-SAFETY-ORANGE-Urethane-Alkyd-Semi-Gloss-Enamel-Interior-Exterior-Paint-393001/203938497
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