JOSX2's '05 X-Titan - The VK-swapped Minion

josx2 Jul 31, 2019

  1. josx2

    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    The online diary build of The Minion

    X's nickname: Minion
    Minion.the.X on Instagram


    Year: 2005
    Trim: SE Offroad
    Color: EW3 Solar Yellow

    Clicky here for her VK Transformation thread

    How she sits as of October 2018...
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    Drivetrain
    Engine/Transmission: 2005 Titan VK56DE
    UpRev tuned
    Gear Ratio: 3.36 (May 2016)
    Rear: m226, e-locker (from 2015 Pro-4X with 22K miles) (May 2016)
    Front: m205, ARB locker (May 2019)
    Koyo A2807 Radiator (no longer bypassed!), and auxiliary tranny cooler (August 2016)
    U-Bolt Flip Kit (May 2016)
    Stainless Steel Extended Rear Brake Lines (March 2017)


    Exhaust
    JBA Long Tube Headers (2.5" collectors)
    2.5" Cajun B-Pipes - Heavy Metal Cat'd b-pipes
    Borla ProXS 40349 muffer (2-in-1-out)
    3" Vibrant UltraQuiet Resonator

    Suspension (~3" lift)
    Front - TJM HD Coilovers (600lbs) with 0.5" spacer (July 2017), SPC UCAs (June 2016)
    Rear - Alcans, 2.5" lift, +1100lbs (June 2018), OME Nitrocharger rear shocks (Feb 2016)
    Removed rear sway bar (June 2010)

    Armor
    Shrockworks Front Bumper (December 2017)
    Hefty Aluminum Radiator (November 2016)
    Hefty Engine (Feb 2016)
    Hefty Transmission (Feb 2016)
    Hefty Transfer Case (Feb 2016)
    Hefty Sliders (July 2016)
    Hefty Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier (June 2016)
    Ballistic Fab rear diff cover (m226) (April 2016)

    Shoes
    285/75-16 Cooper Discover STT Pro on ProComp 7089 rims (September 2018)

    Interior
    Two Craftsman toolboxes under rear seats for xtra storage
    Rex Rug in the rear
    MOLLE Bags added to cargo area
    Added an inline Aux-In jack to the stack radio (April 2016)

    Exterior
    Bedlined Front & Rear Bumpers (July 2015)
    Bedlined Rims (June 2015)
    Bedlined Roof rails & Air dam (April 2016)
    ARB CKMA12 Compressor (March 2017)
    Rear Axle Breather Extension
    My DIY Xoskel-style light cage (April 2016)
    DIY Roll-up Awning (June 2016)
    Color-match painted rear steps & honeycomb (April 2016)
    Cargo Net for wetbox
    Viggs Hood Blackout (August 2017)
    Madd Maxx Gobi-style Roof Rack (September 2017)
    My DIY No-Weld Roof Rack (July 2015) (no longer used, retaining for easy access to it's link ;-))

    Communications
    CB Radio (Cobra WX 19 ST II)
    4' Firestik antenna (August 2016)
    Baofeng GT-3TP Mark III Ham handheld (September 2017)

    Electrical
    BlueSea Fuse block (April 2016)
    - Mod'd to provide 6 constant & 4 switched power sections
    - 80 amp battery relay to provide a power source to switched power section of BlueSea (2nd to last pic in linked post)
    Otrattw switches (March 2017)
    - Front & rear locker
    - ARB Compressor
    - Front light bar
    - Rear LEDs
    - Radio Aux in
    ABS Kill-switch


    Lighting
    Flush-mount LEDs in rear bumper (April 2016)
    7" Round LED lights for front light cage (yellow bezels too!) (April 2016)
    22" Lightbar on rear of roof rack (May 2017)


    Pics

    The first '02 X - 2002 model, and the '05 when stock shortly after purchase

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    Her locked rear....

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    ....AND her little travel companion too! (August 2016)

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  2. Fromfrontier2Xterra

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  3. josx2

    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    ---Rebuilding my build thread over from TNX before I lose it forever courtesy of AG---

    Posted: July 10, 2010


    Just added a couple pics of the Hi-Lift I mounted to the roof rails this past weekend & included links to some of the mods as well.


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    Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll be getting the CB & antenna delivered & installed
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted: August 19, 2010

    Update on some mods...

    A couple weeks ago, finally installed my CB Radio & 3' NGP Firestik upload_2019-7-31_1-28-15.gif But not getting below 1.5 on the SWR on Ch. 19, ~2 on 1 & 40. The power output is reading around 2.5 watts on 19, 3.5/7 on 1, & <2 on 40 upload_2019-7-31_1-28-15.gif I have the CB spliced into the constant power outlet on the dash, but I may run it directly to the battery via a distribution block. Anywayz, supposedly getting about 1.5-2 miles transmission distance...not the greatest, but good enough for offroading right now.

    & the big news for my X is she's gettin' some NXRocks skids! Ordered the engine & T-case skid last week :headbang: Fingers-crossed they'll be delivered in time for a run in Sept!! Remy's awesome! what else can I say?! upload_2019-7-31_1-28-15.gif ccasion5: Pics will follow once I get them on!

    & they're getting painted red too! My wife told me "It's gonna be the Hogan mobile", & I laughed & said "You got that right Brotha'!"
     
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  5. josx2

    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted Sept. 13, 2010

    just added some skid pics & some action pics to the build list ;-)
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    next on the list....tires!

    (actually next on the list is getting a part-time job to pay for the tires & other mods upload_2019-7-31_1-28-56.gif )
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted June 17, 2015

    well, been quite a while since I've updated my build thread....haven't really done any mods to her over the years other than selling off my skid plates

    but....happy to report...I finally got new shoes for her the other week & just stealthed the rims as icing on that cake too :headbang:

    Picked up 5 General Grabber AT2's for $900 at discount tire...including their lifetime tire replacement plan on all 5. Got them to shave off about $100 by matching another tire place that had a cheaper installation fee (brought it down to ), and he hooked me up w/ their replacement plan for all 5, but at the cost for 3 tires. AND, by putting it on their discount tire card, I got a $30 VISA card too.

    & stealthed the rims too....been wanting to do this for a long time, but was waiting for the new tires first.

    Loving how she looks now!
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted January 12, 2016

    well, ordered a new leafpack/rear shock for her tonight. Rear end has been sagging like crazy when my 5x8 enclosed trailer is connected, or if my hitch rack gets loaded up. Ran measurements, and turns out that stock leaves & AAL are shot even when under no load....i'm now at about 1/2" lift on Driver Rear & 3/4" lift on Pass. Rear upload_2019-7-31_1-31-2.gif So much for that 2" lift via the 2-leaf AAL...at least it had a good run of about 5 years & 50K miles.

    Getting an OME Dakar leaf pack (Not HD pack) and OME rear shocks to match (along w/ new Ubolts & shims). It'll give me a 1.5" lift at least.

    Front is still lifted courtesy the 2" spacer....have about a 1.75" lift in the front. So with the OME leafpack, I should get about a 1" rake going at least.

    I plan on replacing the front suspension with OME several months from now when I can save up the $$ for it so that I can run a full OME suspension. When I do that, I'm probably gonna run a PRG 0.5" spacer in front & an adjustable shackle in the rear to get a 2" lift across-the-board.

    Time to start PB Blasting the rear & hope for a warm-ish weekend in the next month or so!
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted March 6, 2016

    I decided a couple month ago that I had enough of my rear suspension (stock + dual-AAL) sagging about 1-1.5" under load (empty 5x8 enclosed trailer, loaded-up hitch rack, etc...), so last month I pulled the plug & ordered an entire OME setup for the rear (Dakar LT/MD springs & their Nitrocharger rear shocks).

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    Overall, I retained the same amount of lift I had in the rear with the worn OME suspension/AAL, but it only sags 1/4" with my trailer at least! Rake is still even from Front-to-back, so at some point I'll be getting some shackles in the rear to give it another 1" or so lift back there.

    Ride-wise...it seems pretty smooth. Never really had any jarring issues with the stock/AAL setup, but I do know that it's definitely not any stiffer at least.

    At some point, I'd like to match the front suspension with OME too, but that'll be a while off.

    & today....thanks to @Killswitch....I've got skids back under her belly once again! Hefty skids too! Feels good to have protection under her again.....NOW I'm ready to go wheeling once again upload_2019-7-31_1-31-39.gif (I had given up wheeling when I sold my first set of skids as I want protection to my drivetrain when hitting the trails).

    Driving them home...
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted March 23, 2016

    Tonight....I FINALLY ordered me a set of Hefty Sliders :headbang:

    6-8 weeks can't come fast enough!
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted March 25, 2016

    Well, I learned the hard way earlier this week that you can't cut even a 1/4" off the end of a NGP coax cable to put on a new connector. That, and firestik doesn't advise crimping a connector on either.

    Double whammy

    *facepalm*

    When I had taken my antenna off my roof rail to install my no-weld roof rack last summer, the connector snapped off right where I soldered it. Being I had no use for the antenna at that time, I had left it of til I needed it for this weekend.

    So I cut about an inch off the coax to strip it back, and put on a new connector...by crimping it on nonetheless. Went to tune it, and SWR was sky high....3.5, 4 maybe. Halfway into the red zone on my meter.

    Googled it and that's when I learned that little tidbit of info.

    So ordered a whole new NGP kit that night and got it installed this afternoon for a wheeling excursion tomorrow morning. Tuned it to 1.7 or something on both ch. 1 and 40

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 7, 2016

    woo-hoo!!!

    Currently, in the process of ordering a 2015 Pro-4X rear axle (3.36, 22k miles)!!! Just waiting to hear back from the yard with pics of it to confirm ABS sensors, locker connection & harness, & stamp on ring gear to confirm gear ratio.

    and will be getting a matching r180 from Killswitch on the cheap too....and decided to go all or nothing, so I WILL be putting a LOKKA in it as well upload_2019-7-31_1-36-23.gif

    Rear diff cover will be getting ordered from 4x4parts as well!

    may as well get the flush-mount LED's for the rear too

    oh...& throw in some OTRATTW switches for the locker, rear LEDs, & my FD strobe.

    at some point, gonna black-out my hood w/ plastidip too to see how it looks (hopefully it'll work well too)

    Finally...she's getting built how I've been wanting her to be!!
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 12, 2016

    Axle's shipping out today! Woo-hoo!

    Went on shopping spree last night for other stuff too for this swap:
    - diff cover from 4x4parts (looks like a ballistic fab cover with the skull on it)
    - u-bolt flip kit and axle vent nipple (for relocating axle vent) from nissanpartsonline
    - LOKKA and Ratech shim pack
    - $22 flush mount LED lights for rear bumper on Amazon
    - Blue Sea fuse block (12 circuits)

    - ordering 4 OTRATTW stitches tonight (locker, rear LEDs, FD dash light, and future xoskel-style lightbar)

    - Meeting up with killswitch soon to get his r180

    - Picking up gear oil from AutoZone

    - will be ordering axle seals for the r180 for the lokka install
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 15, 2016

    BOOM! :headbang:

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 16, 2016

    Now have part 2 of 3 for getting fully locked upload_2019-7-31_1-38-16.gif

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 17, 2016

    Been waiting to give her some color-matched make-up for a while now upload_2019-7-31_1-39-0.gif and some cheapo, but very bright, rear lights too
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 13, 2010

    Under the cover of night, ran wiring the other night in preparation for the BlueSea Fuse box. It's got a 50amp circuit breaker off the battery as I won't be running a large current through it for a while (seen next to the black fuse box on left)
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    after going thru the firewall, I left it coiled up in driverside kick panel for when I was going to install the fuse box......

    ......which ended up being last night
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    I ended up making the fuse block have a switched power section...the red line on the cover shows the split. Top four fuses are switched power...bottom six are constant power. 80amp relay is coming in today so that I can get that working next. I'll be running cable from + of fuse block to relay....then from relay to one of the switched fuses to power the other three.
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    And the OTRATTW switches came in yesterday too View attachment 9630
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    Installed...but not in the dash yet.
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    Dash'll remain pulled apart now through next weekend when I do the axle/front diff swap. Will be pulling wire for the locker & rear backup lights, so dont' wanna bother pulling it all apart a second time for that
     
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  17. josx2

    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 22, 2016

    first time ever, the roof rack has been pulled off.....she looks so naked!

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    starting to work on a cheap DIY alternative to the Xoskel cage...figured it'd be easier to work on it with the rack on the ground, then with it on and hopping up/down/around the X. Hoping it'll work out as planned out in my head!
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 23, 2016

    Front's locked! upload_2019-7-31_1-47-33.gif

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 27, 2016

    Painted my Ballistic Fab m226 diff cover
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    installed my DIY xoskel light cage

    It's still a work in progress...going to figure out a way to redo the connection points where the leg supports mount to the steel bar base.

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 27, 2016

    Just finished buttoning up the dash from all the wiring & switch installs. Some pics of the wiring I ran....pics are ordered going from Drivers side ---> passenger side. I'll upload my wiring diagram later on at some point. Diagrams that others have posted of their setup helped me with this wiring job, so figured I'd share in the favor upload_2019-7-31_1-49-42.gif

    Two switches are going in on the left....one for the rear LEDs (on/off/on) & one to turn on/off the inline aux-in I added for the stock radio. Where the red cables are dangling on the right....2 relays for the roof lights
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    looking in from right side of passenger glove box.
    - Coming in from left on bottom of fuse block is red power cable from the battery (12v constant). Coming straight down from the fuse block is 12v constant going to an 80amp relay (bottom red power cable running out of frame on right side)
    - Coming in from right side, top red power cable, is 12v switched power running to top 4 fuses of fuse block (remember I mod'd the fuseblock so top 4 fuses are switched power). Only top 4 fuses get power when ignition is turned on.
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    Blue Sea fuse box is on left side, out of frame....bottom power cable is 12v constant coming from the BlueSea Fuse box, top power cable is 12v switched coming from 80amp relay.
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    Looking UP from underneath passenger glove box, you see the 80 amp relay. It's triggered by the switched power outlet in the dash.
    (pass. seat would be at top of pic, front of truck at bottom).
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    Finished job with switches
    (driver side by side mirror controls not done yet...waiting on a switch to come in)
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 28, 2016

    it looks pretty fancy sitting in the diff! Just popped it in last night
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    installing it all on into the X on Saturday...then hoping to find time to go wheeling sometime thereafter
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 30, 2016

    Let the fun begin!


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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted April 30, 2016

    Out with the old! Lunch break, then in with the new.

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    Then to the front diff.....
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted May 1, 2016

    So here she sits across the street until who-knows-when... :-/

    (had a bent axle shaft....waiting on replacements to be found)


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    We rolled the stock axle back underneath, put the leadsprings up with my 'new' PRG shackles, and put the wheels on the axle. Figured if it's gonna sit there for a while, may as well make it look good with those sexy shackles ;-)
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Posted May 7, 2016

    Well....after a week of rain, finally have a blue sky sunny day to do this! Here's goes nothing!
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    Done and drying in the sun now....dumped a ton of silicon on it
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    Picked up the waterproof connection from Amazon. Only had 4 wires coming up, so ordered the PG11 sized connections. 5 came in the package & put 3 of the 5 to use (the other two are being used as any possible future wiring to the basket)
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    o I gotta fist give props to @XJ-TERRA for his how-to (granted he hasn't logged in here in about 8 months tho upload_2019-7-31_1-56-6.gif ). I more/less followed all of it for my entire electrical/wiring project...from the battery, to the fuse box, to the lights

    Picked up 4 grommets from Lowes to run the wires for the roof lights through
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    Brought the wires that came through the roof & the wires for the lights into passenger side of the roof basket. Bought an 8 terminal bus on Amazon to connect them together, and a plastic ABS box to house it in. Thru-the-roof wires are on the bottom of the bus, lights are on top. There's a black top that goes over the opening to seal it all up. I"ll be ziptying the box to the side of the roof basket.
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    The box & connectors are just to keep it all tidy looking...not really for waterproofness (being it's inside the rack, it won't be getting exposed to rain anyways). Siliconed the bus to the plastic box, and the connectors to the sides of the box. Measuring from the inside of the box, the height of the sides is about 1/16 shorter than the width of the nut, which caused a gap between the top & the box itself when I put the top on. So, ditched the nuts & just siliconed the connectors to the box.

    2 lights per positive/negative cables (as I've got 2 relays under the steering wheel for the 4 lights).
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    tock axle is back on now. :-/ at least she's back in my driveway and I can drive her. And the roof lights are functional too!

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    Good news tho....found a pair of rear shafts thru @RANGERSTRANGE! And I'll be getting them either Monday or Tuesday thanks again dude! Will be putting the shafts into the axle shortly thereafter, but will be holding off for a couple weeks before I attempt the swap again. Need a break from all the work I've been doing to the X.
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Went out on this wet, rainy nite to see what the new light cage can do....

    Low beams

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    High beams

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    Light cage!!!

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    Replacement axle shafts have been put in.....and they look perfect! No noticeable warp when I spin them with the rotors on

    Back on track now! Time to figure when to attempt this all over again.....
     
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    painting tip: apparently if you spray primer onto "cool" metal (been sitting outside these past couple wet/dreary days), it cracks when it dries and creates badass looking scars on a metal skull! (Fyi that the nose will be getting painted yellow)
    (Pay no attention to the sloppy bed liner around the edges...will be getting fixed. Damn painters tape let it bleed thru)
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    the swap's still not complete tho. ugh. I started around 11...by 8pm, I was just finishing up (just had to reattach the brake caliper & then all that would've been needed was to put wheels back on) when a big @ss storm was starting to rip through. Got everything picked up & put in the X just as soon as the flood gates opened up from above.

    Part of why it took so long was i was watching my kids too while wife was at work, so had to tend to them occasionally. Also had to do a trip to Autozone for a deep socket 32mm & also grab lunch stuff for kiddos.

    Also spent time re-jackstanding my truck so I could deal w/ the LCA/spindle/knuckle.

    Also learned that the rear lug bolts are NOT THE SAME as the ones for the front. WTF??!!! I've got like 17 spare lug bolts due to my axle fiasco....need to replace 3 for the front...and after pulling 3 off the spare axle shafts I have, learned that they're SMALLER than the front ones! AAARRGGHHH!!!

    And then dealing w/ the driveshaft bolts as I had nothing to hold the driveshaft still (I had pulled CV axles by that point), and was by myself. ended up rigging a way to keep a prybar locked into the u-joint while I pushed on the wrench w/my foot from the passenger side.

    and also had to deal w/ damn sporadic rainstorms too
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    I'm so sick of this month...nothing but rain rain rain. Today's forecase was SUNNY too....yet.....it rained.
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Front diff is now 100% swapped out with the LOKKA'd 3.36 diff! Gear oil and all ;-)

    Got the entire rear pulled apart....literally just need to move stock axle out from underneath, and get the new one in there. Then button it all up! Dunno if that'll be tomorrow or Wed.

    Finally....close to the end with this swap project!
     
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    DONE!!!! Fully Locked & functioning 100% as expected!!!
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    Rear locker Indicator works perfect too!
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    That LOKKA I tell ya....that gives steering in 4WD a whole different meaning now! Nothing too bad to deal with tho....but definitely will need to get used to.

    Oh, and decided to use the last of my EW3 spray paint and paint the center caps on the wheels
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    Aaannndd.......got one more awesome mod I'll be installing hopefully next Friday when I get it!
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Baby got back!

    Finally joined the cool kids club in here and gots me a hefty rear!
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Purchased adjustable Bil 5100's with a 1/2" spacer set to 1.5" w/ the 1/2" spacer, & said it gave 2" lift...so I'll either stay the same height, or get a small lift if my stock suspension/2" spacer is sagging.
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    mmmmm......suspension porn came in the mail today!
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    well, today was a long @ss day. Much, much longer than planned. Long story short....summarized & bits/pieces cut out

    Plan was to pull my stock springs & UCA's, & put in the new 'used' Bilsteins & UCA's I got last week. simple swap, right? it would've been....if the Bils with 1/2" spacer weren't about 1.5" shorter than the stock coilovers with 2" spacer.

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    That would've meant about 1-1.5" less droop than what I currently have. And those snazzy SPCs I got... wouldn't be needed as there wouldn't have been any CBC. I paid good $$$ for those, and I wanted to get the benefit of them...no CBC at a full droop. A LONGER droop in this case!

    So, I decided to dissemble the coilover, reduce it's preload to the 2nd notch (which I believe is 0.5" lift), and put my old 2" spacers on. The 5100 was at the 4th notch IIRC (1.5"). That was fun...borrowing a spring compressor from Autozone & using it for the first time ever
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    Got them installed, & did the necessary grinding to the coil buckets to prevent the boots from tearing
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    All-in-all, it appears that I gained about 1.5" droop from my previous setup. And gained about an extra 1" lift in the front....i'm now leveled out yet again! LOL I may adjust my rears up 1" to get the rake back, but I gotta see if my brake lines would play nice w/ that. I've already got the DIY brake extender on there...and I"m on the lowest shackle setting (OME leafs already give me 1.5" lift).

    Gonna take her to get an alignment either Wed or Thurs.

    Then found & fixed a problem w/ my pass side CV axle leaking at the seal. I

    so I pulled the CV out entirely and cleaned off the surface of the metal surface that is supposed to get pressed up against the seal (used a dremel with a soft wire brush too to clean it smooth). Put it all back together, drain & refilled the front diff. All fixed
     
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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    Finally got Minion in for her alignment today after swapping the front suspension on Sunday.

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    Last time I had an alignment done was back in 2010! After 6 years, I'd say she held that alignment pretty good up to today! Surprised the suspension swap didn't throw too much outta whack. But guess I shouldn't be...it's about the same amount of I had back in 2010 upload_2019-7-31_2-6-15.gif And the tech used the SPC UCA to adjust the camber on driver's side...I told him the cam bolts were seized.

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    josx2 Bought an X Supporting Member

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    FINALLY!!! The day I've been waiting for....got notice that my sliders have finally shipped!!! WOOO-HOOOOO!!!!

    March 28 -> July 7......just a little longer than 6-8 weeks, ya think?! :-\

    if only the d*mn powdercoaters didn't get backed up, I'm certain I would've had them at least two weeks ago & could've avoided this:
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    oh well....battle scars!
     
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