- Jun 3, 2016
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- Minneapolis , Mn
When you pull the original covers off you can see how it's tucked into the areas for the shafts. I pulled the shafts out so I could clean them up and make it easier to tuck the new material. I cut the binding from the same material wider than needed. After I sewed them I trimmed the excess width needy to the stitching. It's pretty easy if you have a big commercial swing machine.I iwas thinking about doing that to my visors. Any tips on doing this?
When you pull the original covers off you can see how it's tucked into the areas for the shafts. I pulled the shafts out so I could clean them up and make it easier to tuck the new material. I cut the binding from the same material wider than needed. After I sewed them I trimmed the excess width needy to the stitching. It's pretty easy if you have a big commercial swing machine. View attachment 469175
Thank you much! I've thought about completely linking it out (3-link up front with a 4-link out back), but since it's an XJ (unibody) the plating required alone wouldn't be worth it. If I ever want to go bigger than where I'm at now, I'll likely just build a tube chassis buggy. I've got dreams (and a build list) for turning my '95 stroker into a 2.5 ton rockwell tube chassis buggy, but that'll be after I finish my C-body. Somewhere in the year 2035 to 2040 timeline. lolThat is some bad ass work! Rock crawlers are so much fun!
XJ's are great. I own 4. Nothing goes further in Colorado. (automotive)
Agree, if you go further, it's gonna require a lot of strengthening of that chassis.
Best to keep the tent truck how it is as it will go about anywhere now.
A tube chassis crawler can be very fun. I've ridden in a few. It's incredible what they can go over.
That's my back yard. Carnage Canyon is INTENSE !!
Chinaman's gulch is a hell of a ride but Carnage is crazy!
Those are some strong bungies to hold that diff while paintingFinally got the other Mopar back on all 4 tires. C-gussets, a minor truss, reamed the new knuckles to fit my 1-ton OTK steering, boxed the passenger side upper CA mount, boxed the track bar mount, and reinforced it, and a heims on each movable link including the track bar. I will say, one of the down sides of making your jeep articulate better is that it makes reinstalling the axle incredibly difficult because EVERYTHING moves. It was like trying to wrestle a 200lb wet noodle that fights back. At first I was a little miffed because I scratched my new rattle-can paint job on my floor jack, but then I kindly reminded myself, "this thing is going in a rock crawler dummy, you're going to scratch the junk out of it on your first run." As I said, I was very kind to myself. Never mind the hillbilly paint booth, sometimes I can be a bit too pragmatic for my own good.
As far as the regear goes, the old gear housing was in good shape, but the C's were shot, so I grabbed a new housing from the junk yard, and threw my old gear set/locker in it. Just for grins and giggles, I decided to throw my gears in the new housing without changing any shims, just to get a baseline of where we were at. Turns out, backlash was within spec at 0.009" (spec is 0.005"-0.010"), but the pattern didn't look all that hot, and I tend to like to set gears up on the tighter end of the spec for rock crawling applications (less backlash means less likelihood of shearing a gear tooth). Lo and behold, I made a 0.005" pinion depth change, and it brought my backlash down to 0.006", and the pattern was gorgeous. Dif cover back on, filled it with oil and threw it back under the jeep.
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Good work!More fun at my house. Over the weekend I dropped the transmission and t-case in my Powerstroke to go after the flex plate. A weak bendix in the starter led to partial engagement of the starter pinion with the flex plate, and it chewed a few of the teeth in half. Talk about a fun job.
I will say that dropping the trans this time was significantly less treacherous than previous times because of the trans jack modifications I made. A couple of pieces of 3" angle, 8 stitch welds, and voila, the transmission didn't roll or try to slide off the jack while I was under the truck with it! lol
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