ARB O-Ring Replacement
One day on the trail I hit my front locker and my compressor just ran and ran. I new I had an air leak, but I wasn't sure where it was. I did the normal thing and popped my hood and hear air coming up from the radiator, but that didn't make sense because there isn't an air line there. After some more digging we realized it was coming from my axle housing vent tube. That can mean one of two possible problems. The air line has come loose in the housing or an O-ring has failed.
ARB lockers work great, but even they have a weakness. Its a small O-ring that costs no more than a couple of bucks. The only problem with replacing the O-ring is you have to literally take your ARB locker out of the axle housing which means you guess it. Everything must come out/off. Wheels, calipers, rotors and axle shafts. Its not really a difficult task, but just time consuming.
Servicing your Diffs
Simple maintenance is very important on your Jeep. Sure you can pay somebody to do it for you, but after a while all you have done is paid somebody to do something that you could of learned how to do yourself and done many times for the same price you paid to have done once. For example below I serviced the front and rear of my wife's XJ for approximately 12 dollars and the local Jiffy Lube wanted $29 per axle. 2x29=$58. At that cost I could change front and rear again and again nearly 5 times. Most auto parts stores will accept the old lube because they know you might buy something else while your there. I normally buy a soda on the way out.
Super30 and Super35
For the longest time I wanted to lift the TJ and throw some 33's under the fenders. Why that size? That's another complete topic all together. However I knew the magic number for twisting the rear axles was 35-inch tires and well I didn't want anything bigger than 33's so I figured I was somewhat safe.
After the install of my lift and tires I came to the conclusion that stock gears simply are not cutting it. I went out a time or two and even made a long distance trip down to Baker City Oregon to hookup with the Kanyon Krawlers in Virtue Flats. The wheeling was great however running in 4lo, 3rd gear sometimes to keep up with the rest of the pack was horrid, but hey you have to do what you have to do.
I decided to upgrade my gears to 4.56's and was seriously considering locking the front with an aussie locker so I could at least have a locked front end. We had a little bit of Tax money coming this year and the wife said "Get some quote's on a regear and that locker you wanted."
One of the most common questions asked by new jeep owners is, “Why isn’t my 4wd working?” Though there are several possible reasons why the 4wd system of the jeep may be malfunctioning, the most common answer lies in the vacuum disconnect system that these models use. To understand why, you first need to understand how this system works
Adjusting your pinion angle
When you lift your Jeep at least three or more inches (or install a raised tcase skid plate like I did), you will want to consider a way to adjust your rear axle pinion angle. When it comes down to adjusting the rear pinion angle, you have two choices:
ARB Locker Wiring Without ARB Pump
I used the ARB wiring harness to control the ARB air selenoid so that I could easily add a rear locker and ARB pump as a back up system later. There are some tricks to this as the ARB system is designed so that it works like this. The pump must be turned on 1st, then the rear locker actuated before the front can be actuated. The ARB directions do not make much sense if your not using ALL of the components. This write up will help explain how to get it to work.
Auburn Gear Differential Disassembly / Assembly Instructions
These instructions are intended as an aid for the experienced automobile mechanic in properly servicing the Auburn Gear Limited-Slip differential. It is expected that the mechanic be equipped with the proper tools, equipment, and experience before attempting to service the differential.
Differential removal will be required for most maintenance operations. Refer to the vehicle service manual for differential removal and installation procedures.
Aussie Locker Dana 30 Front Axle
Just about everyone and their mother knows that a Jeep, right out of the box is one of the most capable (if not the very best) off road vehicle on the planet. Now, what if I told you that you could take a stock Jeep, throw about $250 at it and make it perform a hell of a lot better on the trail... would you be interested? Well, with an Aussie Locker by Torq Masters installed in your front Dana 30 axle, a hell of a lot better is exactly what you will get. The Aussie Locker is strong, amazingly quite, easy to install and will take you places you never dreamed your Jeep could go.
Aussie Locker install
One of the most useful additions to any trail rig is a locking differential. I had originally planned to put a LockRight locker into Project No-Bucks. As I was about to order, I came across a new locker being offered by Torqmasters, called the Aussie Locker. It appears to be identical to the LockRight, but is supposedly stronger and with less backlash, and for $40 - $60 less money. Assuming this thing works as well as it's supposed to, look for another one of these in the front axle as funds become available.
Aussie locker into the front axle of a jeep
...is a great idea! Seriously, installing an aussie locker into my dana 30 front axle took a little more work than I thought, but was well worth it.
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