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James & The Sahara Build Thread

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  1. Ranger_b0b

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    Until you try to find the right gear on a sand climb...then you wish for a std 2.6:1 T-case!
     
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  2. JamesAndTheSahara

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    Another update! Got the axles back from Motobilt today!! They look great, did get scrapped up a bit getting worked on but nothing I can’t touch up. The Spicer ball joints I ordered for the HP30 would not fit and they ended up installing their premium house brand ball joints. The spicer joints spun freely in the mount, never seen anything like it haha. Here are some photos, I start tomorrow!

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  3. Rob5589

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    Don't forget the oil! :D No joke, we had several people do that very thing. We'd hang tags on it, leave the cover loose, and still they'd forget the oil. Of course they'd come back bitching us out on how we left out the oil. Kinda hard to keep the oil in with a loose cover and no axles o_O
     
  4. JamesAndTheSahara

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    Seriously though! Any reccomendations on a dino gear oil brand? ;)
     
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    Nearly anything will work. I run Napa branded in mine, no problems. Gear oil is gear oil for the most part.
     
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    Same as Rob. I run Napa 75w-90 gear oil. Made by Valvoline.
     
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    They look great! I'd recommend putting a couple of spots of weld then grind smooth where the brake pads sit. That'll let them slide the way they are supposed to.
     
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    Looks as though you got them in time to work all day tomorrow. Good luck @JamesAndTheSahara
     
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    I know how you'll be spending your weekend!
     
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  10. JamesAndTheSahara

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    Oh if you guys only knew ;).
     
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    Update! I got quite a bit done today, I failed to take photos though because it got dark very quick.

    My neighbors love my 100ft air line to my patio:

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    I took two photos of various points of the Dana 30 housing to depict the housing distance from the ground for the LP to HP switch. Below are the LP measured at the back of the Dana 30 housing and the driveshaft straps:

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    Started to tear everything down:

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    Most basic photo ever comparing the LCA's, I also pressed on the UCA Bushings from Moog:

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    I ended up getting the lower control arms mounted, but sadly I will have to remove them as I didn't understand the shaft needed to be center on them. There are 3 more threads on one side which is a no go apparently. I got the springs/bumpstops back on& started the brake install. I can't get the caliper mounted but I think its user error working in the dead of the night. As always more to come!
     
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    Um today did not go very well. I spent the better half of the day trying to figure out why the brake caliper wouldn't seat into the rotor:

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    After talking to BMB on the phone and testing a couple things the ear of the brake pad retainer was slightly bent causing the pad to not go in. Using 5 minutes of propane heat until the joint was ungodly hot & then using a 3lb hammer ended like this:

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    So I had to make a bunch of phone calls to find someone with a ball joint tool (God dang it why don't I have one of these yet). Have a peer bringing me one tomorrow to press out the old ball joints on my old Dana 30 and remove the Steering Knuckle and unpress my current new ball joints from the HP30 and repress them into the old steering knuckle going on the new hp30. Lots of work ahead, not a setback I was even remotely expecting. Nor did I expect the axle to be bent there! At least the housing and tubes are straight. More to come as always.
     
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    Dang! That sucks brah! Hope you get it sorted out in short order.
     
  14. JamesAndTheSahara

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    Lets hope! I found a peer with the mopar ball joint tool so will be doing that tomorrow once he brings that to me. Video's like this make the process look easier than it should be ;)
     
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    It is not easy. Air tools makes it a little easier. Do any of your local parts stores rent the Ball joint press?
     
  16. JamesAndTheSahara

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    My buddy renting it has requested me not to use air impact on his $400 kit. A breaker bar will work well for tightening it down, he is going to run me through it. Yes autozone does but its $250.00 to rent it, I already rented a control arm bushing kit from Advanced for $160, returning it tomorrow.
     
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    I had paid for the ball joints to be installed on the axles because the labor was very inexpensive with them off the vehicle. Had I thought I wouldn't be doing this I would have bought the tools :). Definitely one of those moments I think it may be time to step up my tool game.
     
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    I get that. I have this thing for collecting tools, even ones I barely ever (or never) use. Everyone makes fun of me for it, but I always tell them that they're there when I need them!
     
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    Better to have them and be the guy being asked to barrow a tool then being the sap with their Jeep on jack stands asking for one ;).
     
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