On a cold winter\'s day.....
Well i have finaly got around to telling this story so here it goes.
You all know how it starts; "Ok boy's it is going to be an easy run, were going to go all the way in and then come all the way back out in time for supper..!!" Yeah sure that never happens.
The day started out nice, a good soft layer of snow made for some nice trailblazing, I was in the lead on this nice trial and we came to our first obstical. (actuall i was the only one who had trouble, i don't quite know why?) it was a small ditch like rut in the road, I got stuck, slid down the dich sideways and tried backing out which resulted in the unwanted removal of my off-road light, not only did it Dent my upper fender, but it split the seam on my fiberglass windshield. But that's peanuts compared to later on. The rest of the day went fine and we were about 3/4 of the way in the trial when we came to a interesting brook crossing, The river was about as wide as the samurai and steep sheer ice sides, not to mention rocks at the bottom. So the jeep went through, the bronco went through and the samurai tried. I just couldn't get the traction i wanted and so i started rocking the vehicle bcak and forth. I gave her on the gas to go forward and my welded rear end was just a screaming, until..... BANG!!!, Crunch, Crunch,Crunh.....snap!! No i wasn't eating rice crispies. something had just exploded in my rear end. I didn't know what it was, and now it was getting dark. i radioed ahead and told the bronco to come back and pull me out. it took botht he bronco and my winch to pull me out. Half an hour later, i hear over the radio for the bronco to come up to the jeep, "Something's wrong with my rear end." well is seems that his spring perch's shims had broken free and the axle rotated and pulled out his drive shaft, No matter how hard he tried he couln't get the d-shaft back together, and the shims were long gone.
At this time it is about 8:00 pm It's dark, it's Cold, And i still didn't know what happend to mine, We decided it was time to turn around. My samurai would still parcially drive, A tooth would catch here and there and propell me forward. I had partially four wheel drive, the jeep only had front wheel drive. We got back across the small icy brook, all except the jeep, so the bronco started to pull the jeep, It would back up and pull forward, back and forth until the bronco could only got forward.... Thats because it had just lost it's reverse gear,the bronco can now only go forward . we got the jeep out and we got about 100 ft down the trail before I lost all power to the rear end and only had front wheel, so we decided to leave the Jeep and my samurai on the trail. So i take out allmy valuables and jump in the bronco. we left the vehicles at 11:00 pm. we didn't get out of the woods until 2:00 pm. Frozen, Hungrey and tired, we made plans for the rescue mission of the jeep and Samurai.
a couple of days later, i left school early,( early being never showed up) and loaded the back of my buddy's truck with my honda fourtrax and about every single part of a rear axle excluding the housing. We both went in and met the jeep guy back there, turn's out his missing shim's wasn't the problem, he had broken his spring perches right off the axle. we tride locking the axle in place to the leaf springs with logs, rope and chains in order to keep the axle from rotateing.
I Started the dissasembly of my rear axles.
Pulled the axle shafts out, the splines were fine.
pulled out the diff, and... well.... it was toast.
Billy bob has more teeth than that ring gear did.
so i put in another diff that i brough with me and in 2 hours 15 min.s I had completly tor down the axle and reasembled it. (with the help of my good buddy) Long story short I ended up pulling the jeep all the way out of the trial, Blew a tire off the bead and had to put my spare tire on, that tire is about 10 inches smaller than my 31's.
we didn't get out of the wood's until 9:00 pm that night.
-How many injuries or mishaps have happend after saying to you friends, "Hey, Watch this!!"