8.8 back from welding, thanks again Eddie, awesome job.....
Mocked up in the jeep last night all went well but I see that a new rear track bar is in the future. Stock is 1" short....always something... Need to put the rest of the axle together for a trip back to Eddie to mock up and tack the sway bar brackets in place. They do interfere with the upper control arm, so some modification is needed.
Also now I see how the Ebrake system works and will be using the 95 Grand Cherokee with disc brake ebrake cables as well. Lokar clevis wouldn't work....
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2009 16:46:05 GMT -5 by A "CJ"
That looks pretty good, but before you bolt that under the frame can I humbly suggest you cut those shock mounts off and weld something like these Clayton mounts on to the back of the control arm mount? It keeps the shocks out of the rocks and gives strength to the control arm mount at the same time. They are pretty inexpensive and a lot easier to do with the axle on stands.
I see what you mean Keith, have to check that out.
Got a little more done this past week, front axle ring and pinion is setup, ordered up the 8.8 gears and install kit from 4wd hardware, used the club discount too. Also ordered up the new cross shaft that is needed. A little exhaust work, well actually lot. Adjustable upper control arms and a adjustable rear tracl bar to support the 8.8 and SYE install.
You can really see the difference in the pic between the front to rear with the 8.8 installed. Oh and check out the flares. Got those at the swap meet, put that along with some krylon fuzion paint, elbow grease and your good to go!!!!!
Found out some install tricks with the 8.8. This is with the 4.88 gears installed during fit up. Note the cross shaft and how it is shaped. This has to be installed prior to the ring gear installation on the differential. It will not pass the ring gear teeth, so what does this cross shaft do? I thought the same thing, so this is it. When fitting the axle shafts the retainer pin is removed and the cross shaft is rotated to allow the axle "C" clip to be installed. This will not work with the stock cross shaft. Only 39.95 from Summit Racing Equipment part # RMG-8002791.
A few more steps getting done, SYE kit installed and got the measurement for the rear drive shaft. A whole whopping 17 7/8" working length. Delivered to Craft machine shop this morning, used to take them to Standard Parts but alas they are gone.... Hope to get this rig driving by the weeks end.
The kit I got from Donny T , thanks for the great deal...
Got to run a test drive today, all went well so far so good. Now just to get some time to actually drive it and break in the gear sets.....working at the base again 7/12's. Oh well, somebody has to do it.....
Post by 4WDnRocksNmud on Oct 20, 2009 12:10:47 GMT -5
my father used to work for Crane... he heard some shady stuff goin on there with their shafts... keep me posted on their quality. I usually prefer gregory's..
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