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I guess i haven't updated this thread recently. The doubler is in and working like it should.
For the driveshafts, i couldn't see paying money to have someone modify and balance them, so i took it upon myself to make them.
For the rear I used a ranger shaft and ground the double cardian joint off the tube and welded a single u joint end off of an explorer driveshaft. It was so perfect of a fit it scared me!
For the front, I chopped a stock explorer front driveshaft in half and got i piece of pipe that slid over the stock driveshaft tube. I burned them in with the buzz box and called it a day.
I had both driveshafts spinning almost 65mph and i didn't notice any different vibrations (unbalanced ltb swampers don't do well above 60mph!)
That was a couple of months ago and i haven't had much time to work on it. I have been driving it quite often and i probably got 3000 road miles on the doubler.
Nice rig man. Where'd you buy the fender flares from? I'll need to cover my tires since they'll be sticking out about four inches past the fenders and bedsides after my SAS.
Thanks for the complement! The fender flares are homemade. I used a black plastic 55 gallon drum, a thin piece of angle iron to attach it to the fender, and a lot of 1/4" bolts.
Thanks, that's a good idea. I'll keep that in mind when I do my SAS.
if you trim them right they dont look too bad.. i only use mine for state inspection.
I thought about those when I was in Walmart last summer, forgot all about it until now. Thanks. Pa is a PITA with road laws especially in Allegheny County where I live.
oh yes good ole' pa road laws. I hate my fender flares and it pained me to put them on but I wanted it to be road legal.
Finally installed my cone filter that has been laying here for 2 years.
I have been eliminating alot of bs on the explorer lately. Stuff that I put on when I was younger and excess wiring to extras I eliminated like abs, vss, factory amplifier, etc. Here is an example. I took the grille guard/ deer slayer/ headlight protector off. That thing by itself weighed roughly 100lbs. I am going to move the bumper up and possibly redo some of it for more clearance.
I am also in the process of removing things I dont need, fixing things i half assed, and installing stuff ive had laying around for years. why? cause theyre all FREE mods and I am BROKE.
the new front and rear bumpers on my pos make a HUGE difference with approach angle, weight, sight, sexiness, etc..
im currently working on trimming down on what I carry with me and finding the best way to haul it around.
keep up the good work!
I've spent the entire day looking at doublers... was it worth the price?
It was worth every penny. I couldn't ever go back to not having one. I would recommend you to look into getting the shorty doubler from Behemoth Drivetrain but my long drawn out experience with him keeps me from saying you should 100% buy from him.
There is 4 current options i know of that will get you the gear reduction.
1. Homemade doubler
2. D. D. Machine
3. Behemoth Drivetrain
Its ashame that is all our options.
uh.. I dont trust myself to do it and I dont have an extra 2K laying around so the doubler or strong box looks like an option
gonna wait though.. not sure what the next few months holds. Had a friend who builds full size rigs over last night putting thoughts of 60s and 14 bolts on my head.
Behemoth seems to have perfected his doubler though. Give him a call and see what his estimated shipping times would be for one. I heard a guy on Pirate got one in a month.
I'd do the doubler before 1 tons unless you are breaking what you got now. It is amazing to pull up on a tire or 3' tree stump using the clutch and brake pedals only. It makes technical trails so much easier.
In double low i can burn out on dry pavement at idle without the hubs locked in of course!
did you order the DIY kit and install the planetaries from a second case yourself? doesn't seem like it would be too big of a hassle and I have a spare 1354 at the house.
youre running the regular box not the shorty, correct? been eyeing up the shorty doubler, gotta remember I'm driving a 2dr, hate to have to relocate a bunch of stuff.
I have the diy kit and the hardest part was beating the ring gear into the strongbox. There is a youtube video of the assembly process.
The shorty doubler uses a stronger shaft.
My buddy and I went wheeling at rausch creek for his bachelor party lol. Here are some videos. Nothing extreme.
My toyota buddy has a plasma cutter and he brought it over to cut the rusty rockers out of my explorer.
i realized I never answered your question. I am running the regular box not a shorty.
no problemo buddy.. im still up in the air on what to do with my piece of junk
My 2233L tie rod had some slop to it, so I bought a new one from advanced auto and reamed it to fit my over the knuckle setup.
When I welded up my centerlink for my steering when I sas'd, I was very worried about cutting to much off. So I ended up with it too long. I just bought the ruff stuff specialties hex head tie rod threaded bungs to fix my issue. The plus side is I will not have to use a pipe wrench to adjust toe.
I bought air soft bb's to see if they will help the ride quality of the ltb swampers.
I put 2,000 in each tire. When I get the steering back together and it driveable, I will report back how they do.
I kinda wish I stayed with actual TREs over heims.. might do that with the next one.
You got all fancy with your steering and all I did this weekend was install a dome light.
Update on my steering:
I had a tie rod end roll that would leave me a dead spot in my steering when I would counter turn. Jcr offroad has poly spacers that go between the tie rod ends and the knuckles. I bought two and had to figure out how to install them since there is very little space between the knuckle and the tie rod end.
At that time ruffstuffspecialties came out with a product called "the cure",
So I took the jcr offroad bushing that I already bought and used it like the ruff stuff bushing is made for. It worked perfectly and cured my deadspot.
Update on the bb's in the tires:
It really smoothed out the higher speed driving and doesn't feel like the tires are skipping down the road. It still has bias ply tire ride quality though!
Cool, I was wondering if anyone used them yet, I'll be getting a set whenever it's time to build up the axle. I already have all the Mike's armless high steer knuckles, 1 ton chevy tre's and d.o.m. tubing kit from ruffstuff.
I just saw this post. Would tie rod roll be an issue with high steer and crossover steering?