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Old 11-16-2013, 10:51 PM
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Draining the fluid



Removing the calipers



Hubs removed



Driver side hub will need to be replaced as it is missing some vital parts, like the springs...



Removed the retaining nuts and washer



Rotors, hubs and wheel bearings removed



Backing plate removed



Spindles removed



Axle shafts and birfs removed



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Old 11-16-2013, 10:52 PM
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3rd member removed



removed the stock tie rod







Then cut off the steering stabilizer, sway bar mounts, and traction bar mount



And cleaned up the axle housing for the new weld on components:



Painted the backside of the new components



And tack welded the new components in place



Something that is not included in the kit are steering stop reinforcements. And most will tell you they are a must with larger tires and from the abuses shown through wheeling. So we quickly made up some and tacked the into place



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With the new weld on components tacked into place, we aligned our axle jig into the housing and commenced welding everything together.



Spring spacer



steering stop reinforcements



diff protection



truss





All cleaned up

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Old 11-18-2013, 10:06 PM
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Wow! This is awesome!
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:23 PM
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Incredible. But why did the front spring hangers have to come off? perhaps that will be revealed later... Really impressive, will be sweet to see come together!
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:06 AM
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I can't speak for Aaron, but factory hangers are thin and weak. When I put one tons under mine (long before linking it) I did the same thing. Aftermarket hangers are WAY beefier and up to the task of bigger tires, etc
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:49 AM
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sweet tech thread!
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:42 PM
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Incredible. But why did the front spring hangers have to come off? perhaps that will be revealed later... Really impressive, will be sweet to see come together!
Thanks for the kind words. And Jeremy hit the nail on the head when it comes to the factory hangers.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:42 PM
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Time to install the hi-steer arms. As they came:





Removed the factory arms along with the shims and studs.





No need to go with upgraded studs as long as the stock ones are in good condition and are properly torqued along with applying a chemical thread locker.



Studs installed with thread locker



Hi-steer arms installed





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Old 11-19-2013, 11:43 PM
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New loaded 3rd member from Trail gear. I will let the photos speak for themselves:









3rd member installed and sealed:



Prepping axle for paint:



And the axle freshly back out of the paint booth:







And not liking the way one knuckle moved, we double checked our preload set by shims using a scale. Facotry manual states it should be set at 15lbs of resistance but we are happy with the 14.5 lbs we have:

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