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    Rock Spyder 4X4 - Project Diamond Digger Unlimited

    Project Diamond Digger Unlimited

    We want to share with you a true story of a project we have on the go here at Rock Spyder 4X4.

    A customer of ours named Dave, comes into the shop on a regular basis with a suburban on 36” tires, ARB’s, Trail Ready front Bumper, winch and enough electronic gadgets to make a small airplane cockpit look simple. Dave is a Diamond exploration digger. He travels throughout northern Ontario, exploring the land, getting core samples to find possible sites for diamond mining. His only problem was getting into the bush with his Suburban was sometimes a little bit sketchy. Getting stuck is not an option when you are hundreds of miles from civilization.

    Dave bought a TJ Unlimited Rubicon from one of our other customers so that he can use it to get in and out of the sites. This TJ came built with factory D44’s, lockers, long arm suspension kit, bumpers and winch. After he picked it up, he drove it up north and was happy driving it places where we could only dream of going.

    We received an email from him mid October of last year. It was one of those emails that we can all identify with, because most of us have been in similar situations before. Dave gave us a detailed description of what happened including the time that they happened during his 2 day adventure.

    His day started going downhill at 2pm when he got stuck stopping for lunch. The Jeep was stuck in the mud up to the axles. His synthetic rope snapped three times while trying to unstuck the Jeep. While walking back to base camp, some hunters offered to help with their trucks but to no avail. Dave returned the next day with his suburban to recover the Jeep, also without any success. Later in the day with a backhoe and 6 chains the Jeep was lifted out of the mud hole. Did I mention it had to be lifted out?

    The Jeep was driven into town and washed. At 4:30pm as Dave was driving the Jeep back to base camp, he slowed down to make a left hand turn. As the Jeep was slowing down, the front driver side drops down and all steering was lost. Dave looks out the window to find himself starring at the tire and rim starring back at him.
    To make a long story shorter, the Jeep was put on a trailer and towed down to us. The outer chromoly axle shaft was broken in half which caused the break down. At 5pm, Dave wrote in his email, “The Jeep is dead. Long live the Jeep and I drive the Suburban home.” We all got a good laugh out of that!

    After a long meeting with the customer, it was decided that this kind of situation can never happen again.
    So here’s what we’re building for the customer:

    - Solid Axle Industries front and rear HP D60s
    - 66” WMS to WMS
    - Full Float w/35 spline chromoly shafts
    - Disc brakes all around
    - ARB’s w/5.13 gears and 1350 yokes
    - Both axles painted Tangerine Orange to match roll cage and stickers
    - Tires are 39x15x17 Swamper SX

    Attached are some photos of the Jeep during its 2 days of being stuck and some shots of the products being installed.
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    Last edited by extremespyder; 01-12-2009 at 02:59 PM.
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    More Photos...the front axle is now painted to match the roll cage.
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    SO. . . are those 36" Creepy Crawlers for sale now?
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    They are sold...can get you new ones though!

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    Awesome work as usual Jim!

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    Thats some sweet running gear!!! Wish I had a pocket book for those!!

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    I want his job!
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    Hey Jim,

    The disc brakes that you will be installing on the rear! Will they have an ebrake?

    Those are some nice looking axles! I would love the chance to try breaking those
    Work hard but play harder!

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    ^I'm just going to grind down the inner part of the yokes on the axle shaft's and install u's with full circle clip's. I found a lot of guy's that have done that have had no problems with them after that.
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    have more pics coming soon.

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    was that the stuff in the crate when i poped in b4 christmas
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    man I was there today with wumark and the project looks amazing those axles are imcredible..... keep up with the pics .....


    cheers

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    Here are some more pics with tires on. Front end is done, rear going in today. More pictures to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty-boy View Post
    ^I'm just going to grind down the inner part of the yokes on the axle shaft's and install u's with full circle clip's. I found a lot of guy's that have done that have had no problems with them after that.
    I had done this about a year and a half ago after having a cap spit out on my way home from work in 2wd. I have one cap that rotates now, but with the full circle clip, it hasnt done more then a 1/8th of a turn. I had done a quick write up on here, no one seemed interested at the time, and told me it was overkill... I would do it again for sure, the peice of mind is worth it alone.
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    Was this the Rubicon that was for sale in Smith's Falls?

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    DAMN!!!

    looking good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by highonlifeandglue View Post
    I had done this about a year and a half ago after having a cap spit out on my way home from work in 2wd. I have one cap that rotates now, but with the full circle clip, it hasnt done more then a 1/8th of a turn. I had done a quick write up on here, no one seemed interested at the time, and told me it was overkill... I would do it again for sure, the peice of mind is worth it alone.
    I've seen some people tac the U in but when it comes time to replace them on the trail there screwed. This way is a little more involed but it's easier to fix down the road.
    Nice job spyder keep us posted. If he breaks this time I can't wait to see what's going in there next. (cough, Rockwells, cough)

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    I ran tacked caps on my locked D30 under a heavy ZJ, never broke a shaft.

    Jim, awesome build, will be checking back.
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    ^ Not about the shaft, it's about the U. If it goes then your screwed if you taced it in good for it should be the weak link. I am going to carry both spare shafts (w/ ground out yokes) and full circle U's so making the switch is fast and easy as not to keep others waiting on me or worse, having them tow me out. Besides a heavy ZJ over a D30 w/ a locker....you were either lucky or, were a driver with great finness.

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    ^ Fineness? Yea......that's it.

    I dunno how I didn't break a shaft with the way I wheeled sometimes.

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