And a Dana 44 and disc brake upgrade. Scored the housing in a trade. I Geared it to 4.88’s with track lok carrier. Buddy gave me the ARB cover (thanks Scott with Cloakworks)
Finally get rid of the Dana 35!
Then onto finding a cheap high pinion Dana 30 out of a XJ and get that built. Granted it’s still a 30, but the XJ has a larger ring gear and a bit tougher being a reverse cut gear set. Can’t afford a front 44, but this Jeep will never be doing hardcore trails
Made use of the TJ this weekend finally. Just a overnight trip to do a shake down run. Definitely need to have better organization! My OCD was going nuts. And the smittybilt tent pad is horrible, I’ll be looking for more padding in future trips. All and all though, my daughter and I had a great time.
Being I’ve been of work for the last 4 months, I’ve had a lot of tinker time. Removed some trim stuff and repainted, painted the upper soft door window fabric. They were faded pretty bad. Installed neoprene seat covers.
The stock Dana 30 & 35 had always been a concern to get them replaced with diffs that are much more reliable. I had the rear 44 for a while built and ready to go in. And had originally was going to replace the front with a slightly stronger high pinion 30 out of an XJ. I dragged home a HP 30 and of course a couple days later I found a unicorn of a deal off Facebook marketplace, a Rubicon Dana 44 housing. Guy was asking $250 for it. After messaging back and forth about it and coming to find out we had mutual friends, I picked it up for $150. 4 1/2 round trip drive to Carson City I have what I really wanted but normally couldn’t afford one. (Project shoestring still on track!!).
Stuffed a limited slip carrier and 4.88’s into it and finally made time to swap ‘em out. Rear disc brake upgrade is nice too.
Took a road trip up to Gardnerville Nevada a couple weeks ago. Went with a buddy in his ram 2500 power wagon with a 4wheel pop up camper.
Went out a dirt road called China Springs rd down to the Carson river. It was COLD!!!! But we had a great time. Nothing hardcore, mud was definitely a factor. I wish we would of had one more day to make it to the natural hot spring tub. RTT did great. Still struggling with organization. Hopefully get that fixed up one of these days