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Where did I say I wasn't upgrading to chromoly shafts..... I said I wasn't doing a manual hub conversion...

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Got the cover off to inspect the gears. They look great.





Couldn't find my 12 point sockets so I couldn't take the hubs off. Will have to buy more sockets.

Long weekend so hopefully I can get it all done and sanded.

But apparently its supposed to rain all weekend. Which would suck. I don't have a garage.

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Nice! That doesn't look bad at all to me
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Shafts out, gears out, ready to be cleaned up.



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Ok technically not progress on the build, but its progress to making things easier lol.

Up till now I've been working on the axles and stuff on the ground. And when it rains... Well I'm working in mud.

Got tired of being on the ground and being muddy. So today I cleaned out our shed, and built a work bench for myself.


Area cleared. (My dad found some signage letters lol, put my name on it)



Frame up. Total overkill lol. 4x4 posts for legs, and 2x10's for the frame.



And scrap counter top on the main section. Ready to roll!




The smaller section off to the side will have a wood top, as I plan on adding a vice on there, and countertop would be no good for that.




And axle related, I have a buyer for the low pinion gears. That's awesome.


Got the sockets I needed to get the pinion nut and ball joint nuts off. So axle is completely tore down now. Will get it sand blasted, and then its time to order a truss and inner c gussets.
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congrats on setting up a bench inside, updates should come much faster now :D
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Nice. I need to set up a workspace inside. Working outside in crappy weather sucks haha
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Soooooo much nicer! Weather doesn't dictate when I can work now.

Knocked the knuckles off both axles last night in prep for sand blasting.
The axles are 100% tore down now. Going to get the high pinion and all 4 knuckles sand blasted. After that's done, its time to start rebuilding.


Progress will be slow for a while. Almost time to pay insurance for all my toys which is an hefty chunk of change. That's gonna slow me down a bit.
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How much is it costing you to get them sand blasted?
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No idea. Got a quote from on place for $150. Which seems overpriced. I have to check with a few more places.
Had a tire blow out on the car yesterday though, so funds will be directed to a new tires.

Life getting in the way of my project lol. Damn.
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Yeah that seems a little high. Haha that sucks man, that's just the way life goes sometimes.
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As long as I can get it done before the snow I'll be happy.

Hell could snow soon lol. Was 32F this morning.
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Dang that's pretty cold for this time of year but you're also in Canada haha. I heard they are/are gonna be getting snow in alberta pretty soon
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They already have snow lol. Been snowing there the past couple days haha.
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That's ridiculous haha. I wouldn't mind some snow right now though or at least some rain! This hot weather is getting kinda old lol
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Yeah I love winter and snow.

Means I can play with my toy.

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Dope sled.
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Indeed it is a dope sled. 100+ mph on a sled is insane.

Anyways, got a vise now.

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Work space is pretty much done lol. Wish I could say the same about the axle.

Will be ordering a truss and c gussets probably next pay (2 weeks)

Have to decide what gears I wanna run. Either 4.56 or 4.88. Will be upgrading my transfer case to an atlas II, so if I go with the 4.3:1 I'll probably do 4.56 gears, and if I do 3.8:1 I'll probably do 4.88 gears. Just have go do the math and **** to see which will work better for me.
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Alright, tossing around the idea of running leaf springs instead of coils.

Seems cheaper. And easier. Less parts needed. Wouldn't have to worry about a track bar, coil spring buckets, etc.
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Using a dana 30 with leafsprings because it's cheaper but wants to use an atlas? lolwut
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the 30 is just stage 1. eventually will get 60's when i start doing more wheeling with the truck. For now, a 30 will handle what i do perfectly fine.

my transfer case is currently having issues. so why wouldnt i just drop in an atlas instead of what it already has? I can benefit from an atlas regardless of what axle i have. i could use it with the IFS if i wanted to.

lolwut up your butt.

and i havent decided if im doing leafs or coilovers. time will tell. stage one is simply the starting point. hell the truck wont even be paid off after the swap is done. i dont want to go incredibly insane hacking it up for big meats till its paid off.
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Picking up a set of worn 35's on wheels today or tomorrow. Will use for mock up, and might toss on the truck how it is now just to see what it looks like lol.
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What kind of tires are they?
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And an atlas transfer case would be pretty sweet. I've thought about doing that too when the time comes.
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theyre just bald pro comp all terrains. will be used to roll the axle around once its built up, cause its gonna be a heavy mother..... lol
and just general mock up purposes.
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