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Stolen Jeep & 3-Axle Trailer in Ky

Please keep an eye out. http://www.hardlinecrawlers.com/forums/index.php?topic=36584.0 .
BradW 10/24/14 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: This is Service!

Good to hear they treated you so well. Those folks have been in business building truck campers for a very long time; there is a reason for that. Brad
BradW 10/22/14 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

And I thought it was just me and the fact that's its 530 am and I haven't had my coffee yet. :) :) :) Having struggled to get through two post grad level vibration classes many years ago, this whole line of discussion brings back a lot of painful memories. :) :) :)
BradW 10/22/14 04:51am Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

From reading on here, it seems that the shock manufacturers have a marketing problem. Rancho's RS9000 is a popular shock for many applications and its dial isn't a solution for properly sized and valved shocks for the application. The problem is, there is no magical "properly sized and valved shocks for the application". That is because there is not one application, there are two very different applications because the weight on the rear axle changes 4,000 to 5,000 lbs depending on whether the camper is loaded on the truck or not. That's why there is a knob to adjust the shock valving based on the weight it is dampening. Brad
BradW 10/21/14 08:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Pictures of your TC's towing trailers

http://www.fototime.com/834EB2A8B2E51E7/orig.jpg http://www.fototime.com/BAE5921085130D2/orig.jpg
BradW 10/21/14 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: Movin' on up to a new Dually!

You will love the added stability of the drw. Brad
BradW 10/13/14 09:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

My dog can easily sniff from 30 feet away what brand you have. That's pretty good, but my dog can hear a potato chip bag rattle from 30' away with a 4' shop fan running and BABYMETAL blasting on my garage stereo. And when I'm under the jeep and send her for a 14mm socket, she don't come back with a 9/16". :p :p :p Brad
BradW 10/10/14 10:10am Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

I have been reluctant to install the 9000's as here in New England I am pretty darn sure you won't be adjusting anything after 1 winter! Yep, 9000s definitely have a problem with the adjuster knob locking up. I would think that it would be much worse where they salt the roads in the winter. But, if you get the onboard compressor/control, I believe it seals off the steel piston under the adjuster knob which is prone to corrosion / rust. Brad
BradW 10/10/14 07:20am Truck Campers
RE: Rancho 7000MT users?

If the 7000s are stiffer, you better not take the camper off. That is just what I'm thinking. If they are stiffer than 9000s on setting 9, that would be way too stiff for the rear of an unloaded pick up. I read some posts where folks are putting 7000s on jeeps. How stiff could they be if they will work on a 1/4 ton truck? Brad
BradW 10/10/14 07:16am Truck Campers
RE: Rancho 7000MT users?

I spoke to a Rancho technician today who said that the 7000MT will give a firmer ride for a truck camper and help with the high center of gravity, better then the 9000XL's, even when dialed up to 9. I can believe you were told that. But I do not believe a 7000MT will give a firmer ride than a 9000XL set on 9. Having experimented quite a bit with 9000's on the workbench, I don't believe it would even be close. Brad
BradW 10/09/14 08:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

So what happens when you take the camper off the truck?
BradW 10/09/14 03:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/c-283493-complete-axle-assemblies-jeep-jeep-tj.html These folks do a lot of work with D30's/ TJ's.
BradW 10/08/14 06:02am Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

I think I've got it now....pull the axle out of the Jeep, sit it on perfectly level jackstands (that can be a challenge I suppose if the shop doesn't have a perfect floor?) and match the good side to the other. The broken side is the short side and there is hardly any tube exposed so not sure how they will rotate it but I guess they'll know. I guess the length of the tubes should be perfectly level along that bottom surface. I guess the main question I would then have is how much has to come off of the axle? Wheels plus brakes/calipers/rotors? Hubs too? Do the axle shafts even need to come off? Does the R&P have to be reset for backlash etc.? BTW they are 4.56 gears. They may pull everything out. But I would think they may not even pull the axle out of the jeep. They can get it level on a lift and they can get easy welding access by disconnecting the shocks and lower the axle down some. They may just pull the caliper, hub stuff and axle (and maybe the knuckle) from the short side and work with that. I don't know how hard it will be to turn that tube back to where it was. Some of those tubes are press fit and then plug welded. How much did the tube rotate? For another $50 or $75 Jeep Inc could have put a real axle (HP D44) under the front of all those early TJ's and avoided this.
BradW 10/08/14 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

If so, make sure and keep your receipt. Lifetime warranty with it, no warranty without it. We had them on two srw trucks before we got our drw. They made a huge difference over the oem shocks when hauling our 4,000 lb camper.
BradW 10/07/14 03:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

You can get by with non-adjustable shocks on a drw carrying a medium sized camper. On an srw truck carrying a hardside tc, you need adjustable dampening shocks. You need all the dampening you can get and you can get more with adjustable dampening shocks than non-adjustable; whatever the brand. Brad
BradW 10/07/14 03:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

Below are three other options: http://www.off-rd.com/about-us/ http://www.essentiallyoffroad.com/ http://www.hudlowaxle.com/
BradW 10/07/14 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

Rotating the tube is the castor and the purpose of the level. Since one side is still welded, you use it as the refence and rotate the other end to the same angle. Within .1 or .2 is more than close enough. Exactly. As you said, one side is still good; just set the other side to match. I too set a big socket on the top ball joint and measure from that for caster. So easy, even a caveman can do it.
BradW 10/07/14 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

My D30 is the original axle that came under our 1998 TJ, so it is a low pinion, not a high pinion. You would not want to go back to a low pinion D30. I looked at 3 options for changing out my front axle: 1) HP 30 out of an XJ w/added axle tube liners (stronger R&P, but limited to 4.88 gears) also direct bolt-in and least expensive and probably easiest and quickest. 2) HP 44 out of an old Scout (lots of axle mods required including all the TJ bracketry) 3) Dynatrac HP 44 w/RCV axles(strongest, should have been quick, can get 5.13 gears) most expensive I went with the Dynatrac 44, but I probably should have just done the XJ HP30 swap. When I looked for XJ D30’s at semi-local pick and pull salvage yards, the axles went not expensive. They were in the $150 to $225 range. But, as you said, lots of labor swaping all your stuff over. Setting the caster is easy. Just get a digital level; something like below for $40. Set the axle up up on jack stands level. You can check the caster off the top the top ball joint. You can easily get within .1 to .2 degrees and that is good enough for a jeep. There is no camber adjustment and you can measure and set toe-in with a tape measure. With that 5x5.5 conversion, couldn’t you just get the tube close to right, weld it in, pull the drive shaft, both axle shafts (or just unlock the hubs) and just run around in 2wd until you get back home? What year is your jeep? Brad http://mrr.trains.com/-/media/Images/News%20and%20Reviews/New%20Products/2012/05/Week%203/Micro-Mark%20miniature%20digital%20level.jpg?mw=600
BradW 10/07/14 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

I definitely know where the Shining Rock Wilderness parking lot is. Got to spend about half a day there waiting on a midget wrecker to show up and haul our truck/camper down the mtn to the Brevard Ford dealer. I know the one rock to stand on were my pos Verizon phone will work. If you have a jeep, the 4wd road past the parking lot is open this time of year. It follows the old railroad grade a couple of miles around to a gap (forget the name). Lots of blue berry bushes there and makes for a shorter walk to the Shinning Rocks. I think our Blueridge PKWY trip is falling through. I have to get my Jeep put back together. Its been took apart since 16 August. I had my axle swap all planned out to be finished by 15 Sept, but Dynatrac sent me the wrong axle and that set me back almost a month. They readily admitted it was their mistake and they quickly addressed the problem and sent me the correct axle on their nickel, but it still caused a major delay. We still may get to go for a couple or three days, but we aren’t making any reservations. We had planned on staying 2 days at Bear Den CG and 2 days at Mt Pisgah CG and 1 day at Cherokee.
BradW 10/07/14 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

Believe it or not, I just pulled the original Dana 30 / ARB / 4.56 gears out from under our 98 TJ and replaced it with a Dynatrac Pro Rock 44 / ARB / 5.13 gears. I'm in the middle of re-gearing my rear D44 now. What happened to your D30? Bent tube? Are you taking it here: http://www.clemson4wheel.com/ If you have to replace the D30 housing, I would consider a high pinion D30 housing out of an XJ. I've never heard anything bad about Clemson 4 Wheel Center. I've run into them at Jeep events in the south and also All-4-Funs in Colorado. They always seems like first class folks. They have been in business for a very long time. I could recommend a couple of other places, but they would be in Birmingham, Al, Chattanooga, Tn and Murfreesboro, Tn. Brad
BradW 10/07/14 04:58am Truck Campers
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