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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...)/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif

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.

Jon-YJ94
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That's a good idea... /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif
MORE makes a nice one too.
what will the roll cage block on my dashboard?

Jon-YJ94
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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.

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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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?

Jon-YJ94
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
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.

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
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.

Gary
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
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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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
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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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
I to think a custom cage is out of the $300 range. I just got a quote on a custom cage for my CJ7 and it was $650. I'll really have
to do some hard thinking as to whether it's worth that much money, as opposed to a MORE or J&L type.

Gary
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Nope, he was talking $300-350 for front and rear halo's tied into the rear cage, kickers going down in the front, and spreaders in the front. Of course for more $$$ you can have the seats attached to the cage, extra gussets, etc.
But for anyone who wants the "basic" custom cage, it's still better than those bolt in jobs.
Not that I'm knocking the bolt ins, they are still 100 times better than those spreaders going to the windshield frame.

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Front locker in the YJ will spin your front driveshaft on the highway, if you don't have manual hubs up front. This could cause you some problems at highway speeds if it's not balanced well.

Cage is cool, if it fits your budget.

How 'bout onboard air?

New seats if you need 'em?

Or, you could give the $300 to somebody else who needs new seats, ohhhh, like me.... /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

Pete

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Pete, the check is in the mail! /wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif

How much are locking hubs? Could I reuse them on new D44 axles?

Jon-YJ94
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