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JoshC's D30 SFA by CRLCustoms.com

Well, i'm going to go ahead and start a thread so i can get some information and some more ideas from everyone on here. I bought a Dana 30 off of a wrecked 95 XJ. Paid $200 pulled off the truck for me. Not to bad. Ordered 4.56 gears for the 8.8 and D30 from Randys Ring and Pinion for about $450. I just picked up a Powertrax Lockrite for the D30 last week. I'm trying to install that right now, but it's going to be a pain. I had the gears in the D30 installed last week for $150. I couldn't believe that price! Mom and my brother went in and got me some diff. rock guards for Christmas from Ronscustomshop.bigstep.com. He cut them a deal for buying 2 at a time.

Here are a few pictures of what i've got so far. Please feel free to jump in and give me some advice. I'm not 100% sure what Cory has in mind. So Cory, you jump in and feel everyone, including me, in on what we are looking at here!

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Happy trails!!
 



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Originally posted by JoshC
I think they still have like 35 psi in them from the tire shop. I'll adjust that tomorrow. What should i be running on the road?

josh i run my mastercrafts at around 27psi on the road. that's the point that i finally got them to work with the chalk test. mine are 33s of course but just to give you idea.
 



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Thanks Jason. I'm defeniantly going to air down some when i get it back from Ford. They didn't get to the alignment yesterday, but the are today. I wasn't sure how low i should go. I guess i'll just keep trying while i'm driving it. If i get to low, i could always use my on board air setup that i've yet to use!:D
 






What should i be running on the road?

Do the chalk test first and find the best pressure for even wear on the road. You can have the same tires on similar rigs and end up with different psi. Mine came out to 30 to 32psi. I air them up to 35psi when I do freeway driving. So far they I have over 6000mi. and are wearing even. This is very important when the tire cost $265.00ea.:eek: I've had them aligned, balanced and rotated once. Don't worry you'll start getting used to the way it drives and adjust acordingly. If it get's too bad you can always go with the Currie anti-rock sway bar. The neet thing about them is you don't have to disconnect them to go wheeling. They are a little pricey and have to be customized to your rig but worth it.
 






I guess by a chalk test you mean making a line on the tire and seeing if it wears away fast on another tire??

You're tires about about 100 bucks more a pop then mine where! I won't driving the truck very much, i can't believe you already have put 6000 miles on that thing!
 






the chaulk test is when you rub chalk over a few inch long patch of tire all the way across the tread. on a level surface roll vehicle forward. you know the pressure is right when the chaulk rubbs off even.

my 33s ended being 25 in front and 22 in the rear. i will change with the load you are carrying and i am pretty sure that rim size can make a difference. i run 28 for mileage sake.
 






i can't believe you already have put 6000 miles on that thing!

I've done 2 trips to Arizona, 4 to Truckhaven, 1 to Los Coyotes, a couple of trips to the mountains and it's a daily driver. I love cruising done the coast, it drives the wannabes crazy:D

I guess by a chalk test you mean making a line on the tire and seeing if it wears away fast on another tire??

1-Pick a street where you can drive in a straight line without having to turn the wheels.
2-Draw a straight chalk line across one of the tires.
3-Measure your tire pressure.
4-Drive it as far as possible.
5-Check the chalk mark.
6-If the chalk line erased more in the middle than the outer line, your tire is overinflated. If the outer line erased more than the middle then your underinflated.
7-Adjust tire pressure acordingly and do it again until you see that line wear even.
8- If you want to be even more exact do one tire in the front and one in the rear.
 






That's a lot of wheelin Tom!

Thanks for the info, i'll be doing that this weekend!!
 






Well, i found the reason it tracs really bad.

Cory, i need you to be available tomorrow, we need to talk.
 






"WV Air Force National Guard"

Sweet. Josh, what do you do? I've been in almost 9 years now.

Hope everything works out for you.
 






Originally posted by JoshC
Well, i found the reason it tracs really bad.

Cory, i need you to be available tomorrow, we need to talk.

Whats the story?
 






I've been in for 5 years now, i'm in the motor pool, what do you do?

Let me talk to Cory first before then i'll post on here Reggie.
 






Originally posted by JoshC
I've been in for 5 years now, i'm in the motor pool, what do you do?


I'm in Radar Maintenance going on 9 years now. Have been AGR 99% of my career now stationed at Mountain Home AFB.
 






Well Josh and I got to go out in the mud today and all I can say is WOW!! I haven't gotten to see it in person until today and it is even bigger than I thought! I'll let him tell a little more about it since it was his first time out in it but all I gotta say is WOW. Oh yeah, thank goodness he was there or me and a buddy of ours would have had to walk out of the woods!
 






Yeah I saw what you posted and then promtly edited. That is very nice of you JoshC to talk with CoryL in private.

Lets see the mud pics!!!
 






The reason i was a little upset was that the track bar mount broke off on the road. It was pretty scary. But i felt i need to talk to Cory about it first before i did anything stupid. Everything is good now, just needs to be welded on.

Like travis said, we went out last night for about 3.5 hours. Got home at 11:10. I'm running a little bit late this morning but we took a ton of pictures! i'll post them all tonight.

The truck did AMAZING. I couldn't tell you how many times i pull my brothers explorer and our friend with a wrangler. But we had a good time, didn't tear anything up.

I promise pictures later!
 






Cool man :)
 






Here's the link from the wheelin trip, more pics to come too.

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I got one limiting strap on today. Also got the trac bar mount welded on really good. Tightened all my heim joints real good, a crank up the coil buckets to level it up some. Looks better, and drives a whole lot better!
 

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Hey Josh,
In what position is the truck in, in that pic? I would assume that it is sittin level........doesn't look like a lot of extra break hose there. Is there enough?

BTW: The action pics look great! I can't believe you ran the front end off the ground on it's test run! You Are A Nut!!:D
 



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Originally posted by Robb
I can't believe you ran the front end off the ground on it's test run! You Are A Nut!!:D


Hey, you might as well see if it's going to break right away. Why baby it and then have it break miles from nowhere. Not that Cory's work is shabby or anything! :D




Truck looks great Josh. Man I can't wait. But I must be patient. Engine swap first. Good things come to those who wait....
 






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