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Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by RockRanger, February 12, 2014.

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    1. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Is that a busted front axle U-joint?
       
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    3. RockRanger

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      Axle side heim joint off my Panhard bar. Broke right at the end of the bung. Between the bung and Jam nut. The joint still feels tight and has full motion. We were able to unthread the jam nut and reuse it. We were able to back the broken piece of the heim out of the bung using a screwdriver and taping it at an angle. New one threaded right in. Not sure if it was just a material failure or what. Going to pickup another joint as a spare and look at redesigning it using larger joints.
       
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      Dude! Good thing it didn't break on the highway! I suggest using something other than a heim. The only reason to use a heim is because of strength. They wear and get loose especially in an application that sees constant weather. I had to swap them once a year in my exploder. I am using ballistic joints in my ranger trackbar.
       
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      I am looking into other options. I would like to stay with 2 inch width joints with a 5/8 or larger bolt. That way I can reuse my frame and axle mounts.
       
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      Looks like you are making full use of the Ranger. I took my Explorer for a 20 mile drive around town last week.......
      I went out and checked all of my heims and they are tight, with no wear showing. Having that one fail on you makes me nervous as they are on my steering, panhard and radius arms.
       
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      It was an old Midwest control heim. When I got it there weren't the choices that are available today. It is a 3/4 inch joint. It looks like I can get some ruff stuff 7/8 heims and bungs and cut my bungs off and weld them on. They are a lot stronger then what I broke. I have a week or two to figure out what I want to do.
       
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      Do you have heims at both ends of your panhard? I have a stock Ford type poly bushing on the axle side and a heim on the frame side.
       
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      Both ends are heim. I have a slight bend on the axle end to help clear the engine crossmember at full compression. That may or may not have helped caused it to break.
       
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      I also got sick of using an adjustable wrench to tighten the jam nuts on my links so I cut a crows foot on my plasma table for my 1/2" ratchets.

      [​IMG]20160815_165636 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      You keep posting...I'm reading every word..:D
       
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      Not many changes to the truck lately but it did roll 200k yesterday on my way home from Coyote Lake wheeling trip. I also was able to get one of the rare saginaw pumps that bolts to the power steering pump. It has a few clearance issues with my york that I am currently working thru before I get it all mounted. I also ordered the two core radiator to hopefully solve my getting warm issues on long uphill pulls.

      [​IMG]20160902_160608 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Went wheeling to Mirror Lake this weekend. While it is rather short at just over a mile long it is has the hardest non bypassable section of the local trails. we didn't have much trouble on the trail When we got to the lake we ate lunch and did some fishing. My daughter and a friends daughter caught 8 fish in just over an hour. Here was the haul.

      [​IMG]20160903_135404 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      I also bought a duel core radiator to swap in my truck. The truck gets a bit warmer then I like on some of the long hills to the trails. Here it is next to the single core I removed.

      [​IMG]20160904_165555 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      When swapping the radiator you need to swap the fan shroud and the lower radiator hose as well. The fan shroud came out of a first gen explorer at pick and pull. The single core shroud measures roughly 4.5" deep. The duel core is 3" The lower hose I purchased new is for an automatic ranger. I think the lower I took off was the original hose.

      [​IMG]20160904_165646 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160904_164929 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Now to finish my steering pump swap and I can fire it up.
       
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      To install the rare saginaw pump like many things it couldn't go smoothly. Fist thing was that the fill neck would end up directly under my York Compressor. Fortunately the housing is steel. So a few cuts with a cut off wheel I took a pie shape piece out so I could get fluid in the pump.

      [​IMG]20160829_181305 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160829_181254 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      After bending it over and welding it back together with some ugly welds I put it back together. I covered the welds with rtv in case I had any pin holes to stop any leaks. With my pump I got the engine bracket so I didn't have to do any clearancing on the bracket. When I went to put the pulley back on the pump the center hole was stripped. So I had to redrill and tap it so I could get the pulley back on. Then I got it bolted back into the truck. I also converted two of the the bolts holding my york to studs.

      [​IMG]20160906_134145 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      The shaft of the new pump sits higher which made the pump pulley hit one of my York idler pulleys. Fortunately I was able to drill a new hole and re locate the idler and reuse the same belt. Here is everything bolted back up. Notice how if I wouldn't have modified the filler neck it wouldn't have let me get fluid in around my York.

      [​IMG]20160907_095631 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Then it came time to hook up the fluid lines. The low pressure side went right on. When it came time to do the High Pressure side I ran into trouble. The ranger line is Metric and the pump end is SAE. On my pump they were also different types of fittings as well. So the line would thread in, it would not seal. So I took it back apart and went to a few different hydraulic shops and finally found one that could make the line I needed. He took the hard metal ranger line coming out of the box and then crimped new fittings and hoses to it. Then put the correct end for the pump on the other. I put it all in and fired up the truck. Turned the wheel slightly and blew fluid all over the garage truck and motor. I missed tightening one of the fittings. Once that fitting was tightened no more leaks. Here you can kind of see the new line I had made.

      [​IMG]20160907_095646 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20160907_095652 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      So far I have only pulled it in and out of the garage to clean up the mess I made. It is much quieter then the old pump and is a good starting point when I eventually add ram assist to the steering.
       
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      do you have hydroboost or no?
       
    17. RockRanger

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      No. Just the stock master cylinder and vacuum assist.
       
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      Very nice build man, hit me up when you do another snow run. Looks like you were in Kings Canyon.
       
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      Where did you purchase the battery terminal connector you have pictured. I like that idea and I cannot seem to locate the one you have. Thanks again.
       
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      They were in the Sierra National Forest. Might do something in Kings Canyon this year. Guess it depends on how much snow there is.

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      Your the man, thank you very much. Good that it is lead free since we live in California.
       
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      any updates?
       
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      Not much. Work has kept me busy lately. I started installing an explorer overhead console but still have to finish it.

      Santa I think is bringing me a few truck parts as well...
       
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      Right before Christmas 4 Wheel and Off Road magazine did a guess the weight of a rig contest on facebook. I won it and they send me a few license plates. I hung it on the wall of the garage next to the one I got in 2006 or 07 when they covered the EF Truckhaven run one year. Later in the year I got a picture of my truck in the magazine.

      [​IMG]20170105_173424_001 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Got the overhead console in. Still having some issues with the thermometer reading right.

      [​IMG]20161221_134043 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      After Christmas I met DB1 at Truckhaven and had a fun day wheeling at Truckhaven.

      [​IMG]20161229_200230 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20161228_114750 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      Next is not so much a part for the truck but something I will use with the truck. We have been using a 27 gallon Action Packer for all of our cooking supplies when we go camping. I decided to build a new cook box that should be way more convenient and make setup and teardown much quicker. When closed it is roughly 30" long, 19" wide, and 20" tall. When fully open it is 58" long 18" deep and 36" tall. Still need to add handles latches a few drawers and stain it but you get the idea. Can't wait to try it out on the next camping trip.

      [​IMG]20170108_112015 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170108_105543 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr

      [​IMG]20170108_143026 by Matthew Dresselhaus, on Flickr
       
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      Awesome! I met Dave out there this weekend and he showed me a couple of videos. I saw you just crawled right up CJ Hill and made the obstacle behind it! :thumbsup:
       

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