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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:02 PM   #21
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well last weekend i was just looking through the wrench and save as i do from time to time and came across some parts i had to have
one was a xj dana 44
and the other was zj dana 35 disc brakes

bracket on the left is sand blasted and primed
hopefully i will have discs all around by the end of the week
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Old June 26th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #22
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Cool build. Keep the pics coming.
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Old June 27th, 2012, 11:22 PM   #23
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so today after a meet a greet i tore into the rear end
i pulled the cover and the fluid was a little light but not bad at all, and everything else looked good (like it should)

i then pulled the drums off to find this behind the passenger side drum

a leaky seal, which would explain the little bit of water in the fluid
i pulled the center pin and c-clips and got a better look at the leaky seal

i figure i will just do both seals while i have it all apart
i then pulled the backing plates off, cleaned up the housing and mocked up the drivers side brakes to make sure it would all work


and all looks good
and then i decided it was enough and i had gotten alot done in about an hour and a half
so this is how it sits

so tomorrow i need to get two seals and hopefully some shorter brake hoses and i should be able to finish it up
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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #24
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well today i replaced both seals because the one was bad and i figured i might as well do them while the axles are out
and i put it all together
now im just hoping that my brake hoses get in tomorrow, i will have to fab and weld a little tab then i can fill the diff with fluid and fill and bleed the brakes and be done

it ended up to be a really easy straight forward swap
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well today i about finished it up
i fabed the mounting tabs for the brake hoses, welded them to the tube and hooked everything up

i filled the dif and did a grease job, all thats left to do is fill up the brakes and bleed them
i thew the tires on and tightened them up....and stripped out a stud, fuck

so i am going to have to pull it apart to change a stud now, great but i guess thats one of those jeep things...your never done
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Old July 4th, 2012, 04:06 PM   #26
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well i changed the stud, bled the brakes and finished the back
i went to the front to check the bearings....i had like an inch of play at the top of the tire sooo


it needs 2 new unit bearing and it has needed a passenger side seal for a while so ill do that too

now im just waiting for the parts store to get the parts and ill throw it back together and actually be about to drive the thing
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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #27
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well today i finished all the big stuff
this is what i started with

i changed the passenger side axle seal major pita
followed by the new unit bearing
then a new u joint on the passenger side axle

followed by another unit bearing
so tomorrow i can throw it all together and top off the front dif
and finally go for a test drive

i started with just doing a disc brake conversion and ended up doing both seals on the back
two unit bearing, a seal in the front and a u-joint
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U do great work. But this thread pisses me off because I want your shop! It's freakin sweet! Keep up the good work.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #29
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Well thank you
And ya I'm prety lucky to have a dad with this nice of a barn
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:05 PM   #30
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i kind of made some progress this weekend
i did as far as parts go i guess
i stripped down a parts 44 i picked up

hubs, knuckles, caliper brackets, tierod, drag link, and long side shaft
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Old July 11th, 2012, 08:38 PM   #31
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sold my suburban today
i will be ordering my detroit, detroit true trac, gears and install kits this week
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Old July 25th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #32
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ok so i have collected quite a few parts and got most of my big order today
so far ive gotter a set of warn premium lock outs
2 sets of 4.88 gears and install kits
detroit tru trac for the front and my detroit locker will be here in 2 days
i ordered all my axle parts from Rons machine service and i was very happy with them
i called them up and ordered all my stuff and Ron gave me a great price on everything and everything was here in 2 days except for my detroit locker that had to come from California
i am very happy with them over all and would definitely recommend them


i also started with the tear down of my rear dana 44

i got the brakes and axles off and i started removing the brackets and cleaning it up

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Old July 30th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #33
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well today i got the spring perches off and got the axle tubes on the rear 44 completely cleaned up
i originally planned on using 2 rotors off of the front but after a test fit i discovered that i need a slip on style rotor so i will have to do some research and find out what will work
and i also need to figure out where i am buying my calipers and hardware from
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Kyle you need to get some 1988-1998 chevy 1/2 ton front rotors. Get the allster caliper brackets from ron and use gm b body calipers.
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that was gonna be the first rotor i checked when i went to the parts store
im gonna use the extra set of brackets off of that disconect 44 and i was gonna run the same 1/2 ton calipers front and rear
what is the advantage with the b body calipers?
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They are cheap, and they are for a 12" rotor
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well 1/2 ton chevy/jeep calipers are cheap too and for a 12" rotor
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i ordered/got my brake hardware yesterday
the parts store only had one caliper of the 4 that i needed which was prety stupid i thought
but they did have the rotors i needed
i picked a set of 88+ rotors and they fit on the back like they were made for it
so tuesday i will go pick up the other 3 calipers and the pads and i should have everything i need for the front and rear brakes
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so good news is that i got all of my brake parts, i also picked up some flat top knuckles for high steer possibilities in the future
the bad is that the od unit in my grand cherokee died so all my wrenching time went into trans pulling and installing and building and swaping in a 242 for the 249
im headed to silver lake this weekend and i have had a noise in the tcase for a while and it was getting louder so i decided to pull it
first thing i found was this

really nasty fluid
i pulled it all apart and besides from a chain that is on its way out it all looked good until i got to the planetaries, they were way too loose so i pulled them out and discovered this

its hard to tell but there i wear on the bottom where the input shaft was rubbing on the plantary housing
so i swapped in another planetary from a parts case i had laying around

and since my chain needs to be replaced i decided im going to do the 231hd buildup
i am picking up a chain and sprockets this weekend and i will prolly get a 6 pinion planetary from the junkyard and then completely rebuild my case and do the hd upgrade at the same time
and hopefully eventually get my axles done

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well i havent updated in a while
since i last updated i have blown out my double exhaust hanger so now its go the coat hanger
i also welded in some plates in the back of my jeep to mount the tailgate cables to and they turned out really nice, i just welded them to the larger roll bar pad that is on my roll bar
and of course it diamond plate

i got some more work done on my axles too, its been slow going because of shop renovation but i got all the brackets off of the rear and i got a pair of allstar caliper brackets, i also got rid of the 7/16 studs for some 1/2" ones and 88 up front rotors fit on the rear like they were made for it

and i also aquired a ruffstuff cover with some parts trading, here it is sandblasted and primed

i also completely striped down my front housing and pulled out the gears, i just finished removing the trac bar and shock mounts tonight (they were really on there)

my plan is to have the housing cleaned up by next week and get gears installed next tuesday
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