I got the M5ODr1 home and pulled the front plate and realized the input shaft was busted so I went back and found a FM146 but after the swap was done I realized the input shaft bearings are bad in this tranny so I will be doing another tranny soon. All in all the swap went well I now have the 4.0L/FM146/manual tcase combo in my truck it is amazing the amount of difference between the 2.9 and the 4.0 and driving the manual is acctually growing on me I look forward to testing out the drivetrain . I am gathering up the last few parts to swap out my drum brake 8.8 for the disc brake 8.8. you may ask why not just swap the brakes over but I also wanna reset my pinion angle so why swap brakes when I can rest the pinion angle I currently have 6 degree shims on the axle and it is still off so I am just gonna put the new axle in and my buddy jimmy is buying the drum axle for his YJ
here are some pics from the 4.0 swap here is the tranny I used FM146
here are a few as I am dismantling the front end
here are a few when I was doing the clutch master cylinder you can see the plate that I removed that was covering the hole for the cylinder I had drilled holes in it way back when and this is where the temp guage was routed.
here are a couple comparison shots of the pedal assemblies
here are a couple after I installed the pedal assembly and no dash.
new dash installed
and the motor in it's new home
here are some more pics of todays progress. this is the no ac heater box
here is the old column after I pulled it
Here is the 4.0 intake hose and a 90 something ford taurus 3.8L maf this is a direct bolt on that allows you to use a cone filter
yup I just got done putting the other fuel line in and bolting the bumper back on and yard clean so project complete now to get started on the disc brake 8.8 I ordered new rotors and pads i gotta get the parking brake shoes and get the frame bracket for the ebrake cables
I hate the mofo's on ebay that don't respond to my messages after I do an instant payment I did a buy it now on the rotors with pads and paid instantly and the not a very nice person will not respond to my messages about when I should expect to see my parts. I also picked up my new parking brake pads this after noon and I was gonna hold off on ordering the parking brake hardware kit but when I got home with the pads I couldn't find some of the hardware so I just got back from dinner and the parts store the hardware kit will be here on thursday. I got the axle up on a stand so I could work on it but that is about it I need to get the hardware so I can get the paking brake straightened out and then when the rotors get here I will get them on and do the calipers and then the fun task of making new hard lines on the axle cause the rear line coming from the body comes down way off center and I want it to be centered on the axle like my current 8.8 so my dad has the flaring kit and he let me borrow it once I get the other parts I will be fabbing up the lines. if weather permits I will have the axle swapped and go pick up another FM146 tranny this weekend.
I finally got my rear brakeline back from my buddy. When we did his lift on the cherokee the little bullnuts brakeline drop bracket that came with is lift wasn't big enough so I let him use my extended line that i didn't put on yet but with me changing axles I planned on going ahead with putting that line in. So his extended lines finally came in and I went oven and cahnged out all of his lines while he messed with his tcase shift linkage. all I am waiting on now is the hardware kit that I will pick up tomorrow if it isn't raining when i get home I will start putting the axle together I am gonna pull the axle shafts so that it is easier to put the parking brake shoes on cause it was a real pregnant dog pulling the shoes with the shafts in.
Post by ex-tbd85hilux on Apr 4, 2008 22:12:51 GMT -5
Well I can't see the pictures but it sounds like your happy with the swap. How's the gas mileage... heard gas was sucking there! We were just in Malta a few weeks ago and fuel was 4.65 euro a liter. I think we figured it out to about $12 a gallon.
Gas prices here are now hovering around what they were in the Seattle area when I moved here 2 years ago. The highest I have seen locally is $3.19/gallon (and this is around about the same prices I saw on the road trip to Texas the whole way, lowest I saw was $3.07/gallon). I'm sure the gas mileage all depends on how heavy his skinny pedal foot is, of course! I was actually able to eek out 16 mpg while towing my BII with the Tacoma.... but it wouldn't surprise me if it needed a tune-up as that isn't much worse than what I was getting unloaded. I have gotten as high as 23 mpg out of both trucks. Anyhow, sorry for the tangent.... but yeah, the swap does look good, Bryan, and you would be fairly impressed, Paul.
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I am pretty much done just have to hook up the brake line that comes from the frame but I need some brake cleaner cause the end fell in the dirt so I gotta clean it and I need 4 crush washers for the flex lines at the rotors but the dreary weather is pissing me off so tomorrow after work I will stop and get some crush washers and a can of brake clean. After all that is hooked up I gotta adjust the master cylinder. here are some pics this one is of the air compressor trailer carcus that I modded to haul my axle to the inlaws because my work truck was in for service.
this is how I leveled the axle so I could get some measurements and readings with the angle finder.
here is a pic with no axle
here is one with the new axle installed, see the pretty rotors
close up of the rotor
heres a crappy shot of the rotor and caliper through the wheel
here are the measurements that I came up with for my setup center to center the perches were 40" apart from brake flange to the center of the perch was 6 3/4" from center of perch to center of shock mount was 6 1/4" and if you set the perches at 0 degrees and turn the pinion up till it reads 12 degrees that was what I set mine at that is just about perfect for 4" of lift. the pinion is still sitting about 1.5 degrees low but that is fine it accounts for the spring compression that way the angle never gets to far out of place. the perches I used were 7" long I guess this helps with spring wrap since the stock perches are only like 3.5" long they have 3 center pin holes to allow you to move the axle back or forward if you want. these perches are made from 1/4" steel very stout. this is the second set I have used not due to bending or anything I just wanted a disc brake axle. here is a link to the perches. spring perches and here is a link to the brand new rotors and pads I got for like $80 shipped rotors/pads
oh yeah a couple of other things I thought about A good help in doing a axle swap is a small set of wheels/tires so that you can just roll the axle out from under the truck and move it around. I swapped the diff covers cause the one on my old axle was a $100 SOLID diff cover and the one on the disc brake rear was a very light guage stock diff cover so I swapped them out and managed to save all the fluid in the old one since there is maybe 1500 miles on that oil that way my bud doesn't have to buy new fluids.