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by photo_van
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: replacing front hub
Replies: 8
Views: 3271

Re: replacing front hub

well... 4.5 years and 40,000 miles. OEM went 130,000..... How can the OEM be that much better? Both made in USA
by photo_van
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: SUSPENSION
Topic: Shock Absorber choices?
Replies: 10
Views: 2352

Re: Shock Absorber choices?

I've been running the adjustable Rancho (5000?) for several years.I'm not sure what the adjustment is for as I have had them as tight (hard) as they will go and still find them a little soft. Same with the S10 springs. Too soft and had to add leaves. These vans are so heavy I'm not sure what it take...
by photo_van
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

It hasn't kicked back on me yet but I haven't had it in real rocky terrain yet.
by photo_van
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

***update***

I took it out on some pretty rough 4x4 roads and it performed flawlessly. I managed to get one front control arm bottomed out solid and still had an inch of clearance between it and the rack. So far so good! \:D/
by photo_van
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

I had to shim the pillow bearing out a bit so the middle u-joint cleared the ECU IMG_0862.jpg finished install DSC01918.jpg So how does it drive? Is it a miracle? Well, if I never have to hear the crank pulley grinding on the cross link ever again, then yes! It is firm and very responsive and I only...
by photo_van
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

With some bending the Durango lines work perfectly at both ends IMG_0871.jpg Clearance on the passenger side is fine IMG_0872.jpg on the drivers side I had to trim the balljoint stud and remove a little casting rib on the R&P IMG_0874.jpg Next came the steering shaft. Here I used the top of the Astr...
by photo_van
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

Got the fab smoothed out and ready for a mock up IMG_0832.jpg IMG_0837.jpg Some tight clearances on the swaybar bushings and hose fittings so a little minor tuning then made up the crosslink bearing cairrage. IMG_0855.jpg This mounts directly to the R&P mounting bolts and keeps the cross link from w...
by photo_van
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: TRANSFER CASE
Topic: How to wire up a NP 236 in place of a 136.
Replies: 163
Views: 47310

Re: How to wire up a NP 236 in place of a 136.

Hey Snowgeek. I just got your six-month old message. Sorry I haven't been on this site in years and no longer get notifications and the site won't allow me to respond via PM :-k Maybe you'll pick it up here. Did you get the frontend figured out? You don't need to swap out the entire front end, just ...
by photo_van
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

I sure hope I like it Timeless, it is a LOT of work!
by photo_van
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

I was to mount the crosslink using the idler arm holes which are tapered and needed to be drilled for a 9/16" bolt (I forgot to include drill press under tool list). IMG_0823.jpg I was going to use a a 9/16 drill but Mark insisted on using his lathe and grinding post to make an slightly undersize dr...
by photo_van
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

Next up was to tie the crosslink to the rack. The unfortunate thing about the Durango unit is the tie rods have M24 1.5 threads. This is a big bolt that will need to be treaded into the ends of the rack. Those bolts if you can even find them are $$$. I found some mildly hardened threaded rod at McMa...
by photo_van
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

One thing I was/am really concerned about is the possibility of the lower control arm coming in contact with the rack extended and suspension in full compression. To minimize that possibility I wanted the rack as far forward and as high as possible. This required removal of a bit of steel from the l...
by photo_van
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: STEERING
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 2807

AWD Rack and Pinion install

Well a Durango R&P unit finally fell into my lap so I figured I should do something with it. Timing really couldn't have been much better as I recently snapped off the drivers side idler out in the way back. But that is another story (Astros will steer with only one idler as long as you tie the brok...
by photo_van
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: OFF-ROAD
Topic: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)
Replies: 39
Views: 10790

Re: busted oil pan (ie waited too long to instal skid plate)

Wow, haven't received a notification from this site in years! Looks like you are getting a skid plate started? Mine is still serving me well though it's a bummer having to pull it every time I need to track down a new leak....
by photo_van
Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: TRANSFER CASE
Topic: Slight leak from NP233 tail - Fix, upgrade, just top off?
Replies: 3
Views: 2272

Re: Slight leak from NP233 tail - Fix, upgrade, just top off

IMO no need for a SYE on our rigs. The seal on the rear output shaft is a super easy fix; drop the driveshaft, pull the seal (seal puller probably needed) replace the seal. I replaced mine when I put in the new TC, so I had it apart. Even if you need to pull the tailshaft housing; four bolts is it. ...