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Blew a beefed birfield...
I was out wheelin' at my Dad's, and I had the suspension twisted up real good in this gully. As a result of this my left-front tire was stuffed up in my wheel well, and the lugs on my 33's were catchin' on the body pretty bad when...BANG! And I was suddenly a 3WD vehicle.
After that loud snapping sound, I figured I snapped my axle shaft, but ripping it down has shown that I blew out the birfield joint. This is rather dissappointing as I just installed some Breeze Ind. birfield rings no more than a month ago! Inspecting the joint shows fractures on the inner edge of the joint, not on the outer area where the ring sits. As you look at the joint, you can see the bearings out of those holes? Well, that's where the cracks are. Damn.
Well, this means more mods to keep history from repeating itself. I'm choppin' the tar outta my fenders and sliding my axle forward as much as I can. While I'm at it, I'll extend my frame and throw in some YJ springs (if I can just find a set!). I just bought a whole front clip from billtooley, and I will do the fender mods to it and install it on the zook when I'm done...I'll document the whole thing if anyone's interested...
'87 Sami, 5.5" SpOA, 33" Pro-Comps, Snorkel, 8k winch, 23" buggy-leafs, Cal 4.16 t-case, Lkd Frt, welded rear, 8-point Roll Cage, etc, etc.