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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-21-1999, 01:10 PM
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Ok... xmas shopping is done, so I can start spending my money on ME again (well, in the next month or so...)[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

I'm thinking that I will just get a new cat-back exhaust. I still need rims&tires (running 31x10.5 BFG-AT on stock rims), but it takes a long time to save up that kind of $$$... so I'm looking in the 300 dollar upgrade area. I'm looking to upgrade my offroad performance.

I will eventually need to replace both front and rear axles, so will leave those alone until I break one (I know, stupid, breaking down on the trail!)

Any other ideas? I'm not tech savvy enough to install new gears... at least I don't think I am. How much work is this?

Besides, why change the gears if I'm going to get new wheels in the next 12 months or so? and axles in the next 36 months or so?

Any other ideas? I don't mind the time, so much as the frustration of failing, and having to redo it.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-21-1999, 03:25 PM
 
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Safety is always good, how about a rollcage, (connected to the frame)
if you don't have access to the tools to build one they are starting to make some kits for YJ's,
http://www.jl4wd.com/boltin.htm
http://www.kentrolinc.com/kentrolsto...tep=4&which=37
i haven't researched these actual parts, it's just an idea


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<font color=blue>That's a good idea... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
MORE makes a nice one too.
what will the roll cage block on my dashboard?

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What about a LockRite up front, or one in the rear if it is open? Easy to do and under $300.

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i can't say about the aftermarket kits, but mine blocks the speakers and the bolts on the bracketsthat keeps the windshield from folding down, if there are any drawbacks it's that you can hit your foot on the "down bar" when getting in your jeep.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-21-1999, 03:47 PM
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<font color=blue>The rear is limited slip. (trac-loc, factory installed for $250 (just read my window sticker looking for the price of the new soft-top...))

How much work is installing a lock-rite? Special tools? Is it worth the upgrade until I can afford new axles? Will it change on dry surface driving characteristics?

I've never opened up a diff (though, I need to change my lube in there soon!)) and want to get the cover off and paint it... What damage will I do?

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Putting the LockRite in the 30 in my CJ took about 2 hours or so. Easy to do, no adjustments necessary. In a 30 I'd say it's an OK
upgrade, just as long as you aren't running anything bigger than 33s. If you do rather extreme trails on rock like we have here, I'd
say sooner or later it will decide to self destruct, not the locker itself, the diff carrier. But, they are cheap enough, I paid about $220,
and they do work. Only special tool is a torque wrench. BTW, when you do decide to upgrade axles, it would be a selling point.

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Since you have the limited slip in the rear diff., you'll need a new carrier if you want to install a lockrite in the rear. It doesn't work
with the limited slip carrier. I'd say put the lockrite up front.

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THe MORE cage kit for your YJ would be good...that is my next upgrade. I have been on a lot of trails where I wanted to try something and I couldn't cause I didn't have a cage.

Although the Lock Rite ain't a bad idea either......hmmm...I would go with the cage...personal opinion

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Personally I like the front locker idea.
If you are interested in a cage, email me at [email protected] I was talking to Duffy about his scrambler that is featured this month at http://off-road.com/toc and he said that he builds customer cages. A lot stronger than the MORE and J&L stuff, but the pain killer is making my head fuzzy so I can't remember the specs. Just a thought.

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