Nov 1, 2013
Great wheeling with you last weekend. The TS looks great on the green. Heh.
What happened to your transfer case?
The current theory is I stretched the transfer case chain. I won't know for sure until I open up the old case. There were not many metal shavings in the fluid.
The symptoms are a loud popping noise under heavy front drive load. It has been progressively worse over about a year. Early on the pop would happen only in extreme situations.
For a while, I thought it was the Lokka front locker. Apparently, the r180 and Lokka are still good. However, I believe the Lokka contributed to the early transfer chain case failure due to the added front drive stress. I would tend not to flip on the rear locker simply because the front pulled so well. In hindsight, it probably makes more sense to rely more heavily on the rear locker in tough situations.
I don't think I would have taken a different path if I knew about the transfer case early. I just might have staggered the repairs differently.
Well, it came out. Fighting. Not too bad. Sure would have been nice to have a lift and standing transfer case jack.
The chain was definitely stretched and loose. Could be from me just wheeling all the time. Might have been hastened by the lokka. Not sure. In either case, the popping noise is gone.
Oh the problems!
The noise is gone! Finally. Transfer case worked well. The truck is a beast again!!
Love the titan swap. I feel like I was able to accomplish what I wanted to with my stock width setup and I think it is still a capable build. However, the Titan swap really changes the confidence and comfort level. Plus it is more stable in sketchy areas. A huge plus for me. Beyond that, it keeps the tires on the ground better. Forgot how much of beast this thing is even without lockers. Tho, I did get to use those this weekend too.
thanks [MENTION=11149]jsexton[/MENTION] for the pics
Glad you go your issues fixed. Beast mode, engage!
I blew a 2.5 extended length radflo so I decided to do tundra coils instead of rebuilding. I may sell the radflos. Not sure yet.
I have titan SPCs, custom top hat, FJ springs, 2inch bump stops, and the newer part number 5100s. I punished the setup at Rausch Creek this weekend and put a few around town and highway miles on them.
A few observations:
* The FJ springs feel about the same as the 600 springs on the 2.5 radflos. Body roll is similar. I think compression dampening feels about the same and rebound dampening feels lighter. It's hard to put a finger on. Whatever it is, it isn't crashing down and it handles small road imperfections much better. Large imperfections feel a bit less controlled but it quickly recovers. The highway, around town, and wheeling ride is much more comfortable overall.
* I measured ~19 1/2" from top hat to eye with the stock top hat setup. IMHO if you are running this way (stock top), you are binding something or have CBC. I have Moog outer tie rods and they bind shortly after 18 1/2" even with my radflo setup. I ran a 2" spacer on top of the extended length radflos and the measure 18 1/2" from top of the spacer to eye. With the custom top hats I am running the extended length measures out to just a bit over 18 1/2" from tophat base to center eye.
* This setup doesn't look like it will coil bind even without the bumpstops.
A few pics from this weekend:
pic by [MENTION=270]jeffnjm3[/MENTION]
Truck looks great bro. Heard you were on "13", how'd you like it?
13 is a lot of fun. One of these days we will have to run it.
Yes, I can't remember when (or if) we were on a trail together bro.
I've been wanting to wheel the Black section at the end of "13" but always end up there at the end of the day or with the wrong crew. I've only seen trucks on it once in all these years and they were "buggy’s" coming down it (the easy way).
When I was there last it was late in the day. That section was over grown; hard to tell what was the trail, so we took the "easy way" through the stream where I proceeded to pop the bead on my driver’s side front tire...in the stream.
No body lift 35s. Still need some door molding to cover up the cut line.
Mickey Thompson MTZ P3.
Will get some better pictures. The light was crappy for the phone.
Dismounting and mounting your own tires is a serious pain in the ass. It was much easier on the 4-5 tire since I had figured out what worked by then. Glad I did it. Not sure I will do it again.
So... No body lift 35s. Not 100% sure I made the right choice. I do like that I am low(er) but there are a few gotchas so far.
1) I trimmed 1.8". I mostly chose that number because I followed the stock lines and the guide I used to draw the line was 1.8". I think I could have got away with a little less but I currently have big front bump stops limiting my travel so, it could be that it isn't enough if I want full travel.
2) Just trimming and putting molding on adds a bit of flex to the front fender. May follow jeffnjm3's example and add some bend to put some strength back in. The main issue with the bend is you will crack the paint. That and I think it takes some skill and patience to do it right.
3) Do your driver side first. If your line isn't straight, you don't have to stare at it every time you get in the rig! Dremel with a cutting wheel worked best. It was slow and I blew through blades but it gave me lots of control. The jigsaw left marks when it grabbed the metal and bounced. Your experience may vary.
4) If you trim or remove the liners, you will spray into your intake area. This seems particularly bad with the Volant in there.
5) Passenger side the washer fluid pump and reservoir is very close to the 1.8" opening I cut. Need to cover it or paint it somehow unless you have a white X. It is obvious. I guess you could remove it but it personally would drive me crazy to not have window washer fluid...
6) If you have Alcans, the center pin hole further back than stock. This creates clearance issues for the rear wheel. Still sorting this out. I bent some more metal and trimmed some platic. OME and stock + AAL should be ok.
washer pump sticking out. And dremel side of the cut.
Some trimmed metal and plastic in the rear well.
Getting ready for some trail time
Does any of this have you reconsidering a body lift?
A bit. Maybe a 1" BL. But its sort of too late now. I do really like a lower center of gravity and most of the this is correctable. I do wish I uncovered the Alcans thing beforehand. Now I am ready for BL and 37s though.
when are you going to put on the 37s?
hmm. Think it's going to be a while. I was mostly joking.
Not bad for IFS and $400 (ish) coilovers.
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