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Old 03-02-2019, 01:11 PM
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So, I've had my truck awhile, since 2011, I believe, but never did a build thread. Now that it isn't my daily driver, and there is some discretionary capital to afford it, I've doing some actual modding to it.

The biggest thing has been the 6" lift, and 33x10.50" tires, read all about that in this thread.

Some other "mods" I've done:
Auxiliary switch panels
Added a couple lights to the front, try to get some pics up eventaully
Added rear tire carrier
Added front and rear shackles
Converted front tcase output to fixed yoke and upgraded front driveshaft

My snorkel just arrived today! I'll be working on that this coming week, and most likely create a "how to" thread so we can finally have a resource for actual snorkels (no offense to you PVC dudes)
 

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Old 03-02-2019, 01:18 PM
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So, here's some tcase pics. I'm going to pick n pull tomorrow, hopefully I can find what I need

Little on the dirty side:


Well, I've confirmed that in 1995, our trucks had the wide chain. XJ shafts won't work, as they're narrow chain


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Heres how it sits now. Need to get the planetary gears out, and start pounding out bearings and seals
 
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Old 03-03-2019, 02:56 PM
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Well, had a successful pick n pull trip!

Found a 98 Durango that was ready to give up its tcase


Finally got the tcase out, I hate getting under vehicles at the yard


The Dodge had a np231D HD. Seems like all the HD cases will have the wide, 1.25" chain that I needed for my 233.

Managed to talk the lady into letting me bring my 5 gallon air compressor into the yard to bust off the yoke nut. Sometimes I wish I had an 18v impact!

The drivshaft was a double cardon setup, like I'm wanting. Decided to go ahead and grab it as well


Comparing it to my ujoint, it appears to be the same, and the length looks spot on laying next to the stock shaft. Won't know for sure till the tcase is back together, and in the truck, though. Even if it's a little off, I don't think a shop would charge much to lengthen/shorten it a little. Bound to be less than the $300 I'm prepared to pay for a Tom Woods shaft.

And while the Tom Woods shaft is for sure stronger, the Dodge one was behind a 5.7L hemi V8, so I doubt our lil 4.3Ls are gonna hurt it!

The tcase overhaul kit will be here Wednesday, so it should be all buttoned up by next weekend
 

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Nice find! Now get to work and get it all put back together.
 
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Hess13x View Post
Nice find! Now get to work and get it all put back together.
As soon as the rebuild kit gets here, I'll start working on it!

I think the Durango driveshaft might have to be shortened, at least that's what it looks like laid next to the stock one. It's hard to tell, though, the stock slip yoke makes it tricky
 
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Originally Posted by cleburne red View Post

Managed to talk the lady into letting me bring my 5 gallon air compressor into the yard to bust off the yoke nut. Sometimes I wish I had an 18v impact!
Glad to see you are finally doing a build thread after all these years!

I've got 4 Milwaukee impacts! It'll be the best investment you will ever make I promise.

There's the 250 ftlb 12v stubby for tight areas, not pictured is a 450 ftlb non fuel, then the 600 ftlb mid torque and finally for when things are just REALLY tight the big boy 1400 ftlb to round out my collection. So far I have yet to encounter a bolt I couldn't loosen.
 
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We use Milwaukees at work, and they're top notch for sure. We beat the hell outta them, and they've never let us down yet! I probably need to get one just for junkyards

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