on my beater cherokee, i want to weld the front, but dont want to brake every time it goes out. it will be on forest trails in the dirt, not rocks. will it hold up or am i just begging for trouble on 31" tires?
The axle shafts/ujoints won't like you. Is it a cad axle or newer non disco? Reason I ask is if it's disco then you will be able to turn when you are out of 4 by, since it will "disconnect" if not you will be locked all the time.
My buddy has had luck with the welded 30 in his YJ on 33"s SOA. He drives pretty hard, but its mostly muddy trails here by us too. I would just recommend not airing down the tires as much to limit grip and less strain. It will really suck if you drive it on the pavement at all and try to turn.
Welded the d30 and the 8.25 in my beater XJ. Pick up a spare set of axle shafts to keep as trail spares but it will be fine. Ran mine on rocks, mud, jumped it, etc and only broke one u-joint. Swap in a spare and keep riding.
A HP D30 is a pretty good little axle if you treat it right. TJ axles with 297/760 joints would be a good cheap upgrade. You just need to change a seal or two. They don't stand up to jumping too well, but a truss will help the rest. A lot of guys out here on the West Coast run them with alloys, lockers and 35s and run them in the rocks, and they hold up pretty well.
Like someone already said, It should hold up to 31s and lincoln lockers as long as you watch the skinny pedal. Spare axles are cheap.
Thought I ought to start one of these new-fangled build threads to document GIJeepN's transformation from mild-wheeler to.... well something else. lol
The plan is to give GIJeepN (my 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport) some much needed upgrades and breathe some new life into her.
I have a 98 Jeep TJ, I just put tube fenders on it and also put the LED poison spyder blinkers on it too. I have everything wired correctly but the turn signals will not work, also when you turn the lights on the right side blinker comes on solid in the dash, the hazards and everything else...
"Never let someone tell you that you don’t need more horsepower. Just stop talking to them, who needs that kind of negativity in their life?"
If you missed the main phase of my build, you can find it over here: High travel, high clearance & high octane, a streetable adventure LJ story. I'm...
This new build thread comes at the intersection of my previous "Red the LJ" build thread and a honest conversation with Blaine (MrBlaine here on the forums) where, put simply, he told me that I need to start all over.
After a day of mulling it over, start over I did.
This is a 1972 Wagoneer with a 1989 Isuzu 4BD1t > GM 4L80E > Dana 300
If you want to check it out, I have a blog/website with my build documented 72 Wagoneer - Civil Rock
It drives and runs great, but I have a massive tranny fluid leak that leaves 2-3" spots on the ground when I stop.
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