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    The '88's raise from hell

    So, There were a LOT of things that were bothering me. Clunking when breaking, and on acceleration, hard shifting, some rattles, vibrations between 85 and 105, soft breaking, wandering, and the death wobble. After looking at the LCA bushings I noticed that ALL of the bushings had reverted to being play-doh. ALSO, all of the bolts going threw ALL of those bushings were seized into the inner sleeve. The Transmission mount was in the same state. I priced out ALL of the bushings (Still deciding on UCA bushings, or replacements) and it was more cost effective to buy a lift that included all of these bushings.

    So here is what I ended up buying :
    - Rough Country 4.5" w/ Full Leaf packs
    - Rough Country HD Steering Stabilizer
    - ALL New break lines
    - 1994 GMC 1500 Front break hose
    - 1999 Dakota 4x4 Rear Break hose
    - Both Rear wheel Cyl.
    - Both Front Calipers
    - Transmission Mount
    - ALL NEW Grade 10.9 Bolts and Nuts
    - Track Bar
    - BFG All Terrain 31x10.50x15 (Used)
    - Both Rear wheel bearings and seals

    Here is the Before and After Shots :

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    The results were good, very good. So far, The vibration between 85-105 is gone, there is no more wandering and Iv hit a few pot holes on the 403 resulting in NO death wobble. The clunking on acceleration and breaking is gone, as are 90% of the rattles, The one caused by the exhaust hitting the hitch mount on hard turns is still there (actually THAT is worse, not its either the hitch or the leaf spring. Depending on if Im going left or right.) The Breaking is back with a vengeance, I can stop on a dime now. It rides pretty smoothly, with a little bit of a hum from the tires. But it may also be some drive line vibration as I have not installed an SYE. Its a stiff ride, but its comforting.

    I have yet to install the rear wheel bearings, which could be why Im getting the hum. Or again.. could be drive line. Im looking into an SYE for my 242, with the front drive shaft swap. Im going to change out both the Diff fluids this weekend, along with the TC and Tranny. Maybe even an engine oil change. Im sure it could use it. If anyone has any other suggestions, please pipe up! As for the lift, so far Its netted me over 7.5' in total lift. 6" of that coming from the lift its self. The front springs, the top 4 turns were collapsed and resting on each other at all times but still all attached. The rear leaf's, were in a "W" Shape. Im guessing thats what gave me the low and slow look I was sportin'.

    Is there a way to define the difference between wheel and drive line vibrations?

    Thanks again!
    My Wife, By Boy
    My Bike, My Jeep, and My VW
    All the loves of my life.

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    If you had the sye in, you could remove the rear shaft and go for a spin.

    Alternatively you can try rotating the tires and see if the vibes change at all.
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    Its been roughly 1000 km since the install, and I got the death wobble again today. I think it may be from an over sized lower Track bar bolt hole. And the fact that the Upper control arms are very little bushing left in either end of them. According to the Alignment guy on monday, everything else is tight.

    Im also on the look out for an SYE, and front XJ drive shaft.

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    Up She goes on the Staangs Fab Adjustable LCA's

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    Painted Fire Engine Red!

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    Bought this week :

    IronRock NP242 Hack n' Tap Seal Housing and Seal
    1963 Corvette Yoke
    XJ Front Drive Shaft
    Ranger Flang to ujoint adapter
    4 x (M12 x 1.75 GR 8) Bolts
    Leaf Spring Perches And Ubolts

    The 8.8 Should be fit in this weekend.

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    Some years back I had a real similar model (bit older with the "wood" panelling"). Lots of headaches, but what a great vehicle - I drove the bejesus out of it, and loved every minute.

    Keep on working on it!!

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    So I spent an hour or so pulling the D35 out, And now it looks like a Hover-Jeep

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    This is the D35 and the 8.8. The 8.8 needs its brackets (Coming from Staangs Fab tomorrow) so that I can mocked up, and get it burnt in good and solid. I also need Pads, Rotors, and to eliminate the Parking break parts (Just for now). This week Ill also pick up the Aussie Locker for it.

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    September Santa Came Today.. Er... Staangs Fab, Pats Driveline, and NAPA had my parts ready for me.

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    Theres :

    - P353 1330/1310 combo U-Joint to adapt my XJ Front Drive Shaft to the Ford 8.8 Yoke
    - 1964 Corvette 27 Spline CV Yoke to connect my NP242 to the CV end of my XJ Front Drive Shaft
    - Staangs Fab One off Ford 8.8 Swap kit (Thanks to all the guys at Staangs Fab AGAIN!)

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    Iv got everything bolted in, and as close to centered as I can seem to get it.

    My measurement from the inside surface of the tube end flange to the outer surface of the spring perch is 3.75" on both sides.

    does this seem right? to you guys?

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    The rear axle is in, The new drive shaft is assembled, The TC output shaft is cut down, as is the new Corvette Yoke. The wheels are back on,and everything seems to be measuring out pretty close.

    Tomorrow, I mock in the drive shaft, and set the pinion angle. Then Ill tack in the perches and shock mounts, and pull everything back out and take the Axle over to the town welding shop to get everything burnt in good and solid. Including the tubes to the pumpkin.

    While axle is at the welding shop, Ill center punch, drill, and tap the output shaft for the yoke retaining bolt. Ill pick up 4 shorter bolts for the yoke to Axle flange, and 4 new bolts for the yoke to CV on the front of the drive shaft.

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    Well, The pinion angle is set, Everything is welded up, and ready to be installed. Next is putting in the breaks, Im deteing the 8.8 parking break system for now, so its rotors and pads that are left to go on. The DS is bolted to the new yoke on both ends (The TC end still has to be bolted to the output shaft). I painted the Axle with rustoleum The SYE housing and seal come this week. Thats all thats left to put this puppy back together.

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    Well, everything is in, and bolted up.

    I took it out for its maiden voyage today, and have yet to find a problem. But I will see more this weekend.

    Its likes Burn outs.

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    Good job, have any more pictures?

    Why the delete of the rear parking brakes?

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