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Old 04-06-2009
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Project 4x2-4x4 (Pic intensive)

Well, some of you may have seen my thread in the drivetrain forum, (here) but this will be the thread I'm gonna update as I move slowly with this project.

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The beast.

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The beast with a 36x15.5x15 next to it..

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Some of the parts I got.

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Had to go all the way up here for it all though...

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And drive thru this..




Today's progress.

Basically, just started to take it all apart, and clean up/paint whatever I'm keeping.



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Pretty much it for today, Have to buy the balljoints/hub so I can reassemble that side. Plus, I gotta wash my truck and i only have 4 hours till I gotta be at work.

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Theres supposed to be a license plate there..



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AWESOME!!! Can't wait to see the progress continue!!
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Nice parts pile!
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It's small compared to what it will be!
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looks good man i love your truck
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I like this thread. I am thinking about doing this to my truck at some point.
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Looks good to me man! You're on the right track... Should really move this to the Project log section though (mods).

I'd put all new components under it (TRE's, ball joints, bushings, etc) while you have it all off and easily accessible.

Are you going to run the 98-00 Vaccum hub assembly or the 01+ live axle set up? In the picture with that hub, it looked like the old style... Definitely a better setup.
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While you're at it you might as well replace the UCA's too. Shane bought the new style where they don't have the 2 piece UCA for the passenger side with replacable ball joints for I think just under $300. Worth it though.
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Yeah, everything is being replaced. Tie rods/control arms/balljoints hubs, etc.

I'm going with the live axle setup.
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I would suggest going with the vaccum style if you have thought about it at all... There's a quick easy mod to do to them to make them lock in just like the avm hubs that works everytime, plus they won't spin in regular driving... So you use less fuel. Just a thought.

I have live axles and wished I had the other style. They're just easier and more efficient.
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Eh.. I may consider it. Got any pictures of live axle setup vs vaccum?
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Steven, Do you want this moved to project log section of the site??
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Oh...i prefer the live axle btw.....
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Live axle all the way......
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looks like its coming along nicely, get those 36's on there!
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Steven, Do you want this moved to project log section of the site??
Doesn't matter to me. Keeps the clutter out of here, then by all means.

Live axle eh.. That's something I may have to think about.
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Why not a live axle? You already have the parts and if you go PVH you have to deal with hubs that suck.....manual or not.
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Yeah I'ma prolly jsut stick with live.

Like to experiment with everything ya know?
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Keep it coming.
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So. Finally got some more work done on it.

mmm. Camo..

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Caliper brackets.

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Knuckle, waiting on a new steel wire brush and then paint.

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Front diff, waiting new seals, and some much needed cleaning. Bearings all checked out.

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My girls, cleaning the diff cover.

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On a side note.. New toy!!!



And my engine bay.

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Question.. Spicer, or moog balljoints?
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Holy ****. Thats alot of mud on the engine.
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how in gods name did u get that much mud in the engine bay? haha
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subscribed! i'm going to be following this religiously haha i can't wait to do mine, i found a 1354 t-case today so i'm going to be picking that up later in the day, and found a wrecked 06 that im going to grab the axel off of, that trannie is going to be a ***** though :(
you gotta clean that that bay up! i cleaned mine today, it looks goooooooood :)
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Dang thats a lot of mud. I should be picking up all my parts for the swap next week.
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You don't have to change the calipers for the swap.....


As for the balljoints either is fine. I'm running moog uppers and spicer lowers and haven't had any problems with either.
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