Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: socialist lib heaven mASS
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my YJs are on TT hardware all around, no frame extension. In fact the TT kit moved the front axle forward an inch and I redrilled the perch to put it back in the stock location. I have this thing about the truck not looking TOO modded but still having nice abilities offroad.
forgot to mention I have the ford type front upper shock mounts and a sky rear mount to facilitate longer shocks. If you aren't using this on the trail that stuff is irrelevant, though.
I also forgot to mention that I have stock gearing in the diffs, but i have a GRSII T-case (thanks, G!). I run 30s. This winds pretty high at highway speeds, but I dont do highway speeds much and my motor is stock other than a pony carb and 2" cat back. From what I know, regearing the diff just compensates for taller tires without really affecting the rest of the driveline too much. The way I have it done puts the driveline at greater risk because it multiplies torque coming out of the T-case and puts the stress on the diffs/axles/birfs/etc. So for a street truck I think regearing the diffs is the right way to go. Havent done it myself, so that's just a speculation.
as afar as that t-case mounted E-brake goes? I loved it while it was on. It works about 1000% better than the stock thing, but on my spidertrax conversion the brake disc hung way down below everything else under the truck. I was always conscious of it and shied away from a lot of things, but one time I was impromptu trail leading and took a noob in a stock Wrangler down a trail I lost my stock virginity on and he chickened out about 200 feet in. I had to back up (1 lane trail with high banks) and the brake disc hit a high, broad rock and bananed. SCHRRECH! DING SDING DING DING!!!. I Limped to a flat spot on the trail and removed the brake disc. Loved how it performed, but it was ultimately a liability. Shame because I can't do the disc brake conversion without an alternative E-brake. I even have all the stuff to do it (calipers, mounts, prop vale, etc.)