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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991659 02/02/14 09:07 PM
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she can turn bigger tires now........................
nice to feel a big change after a project like that, huh.
satisfying.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991660 02/06/14 05:56 AM
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Best of luck with the transmission. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />



problem.
i removed a circlip from the main shaft by launching it into another universe of my "garage".
i was planning on re-installing the transmission this weekend.
suzi and i have a date..........


excuse020914
work got wet and prevented me from maintaining my suzischedule.
so far i have managed to reassemble the transmission unit, but had intended to have it installed by now.
i thought i'd be thinking about packing.
hmmmm


peeswk021114
managed to drag transmission/transfercase unit under suzi, fail to balance on jack, remove transfercase, mate-up transmission, mate-up transfercase, and generally exhaust myself..........
hmmmm


morcrap021214
finished hanging up the tranny unit(mounts, wires and hoses), shift levers, and front driveshaft.
still need to deal with rear driveshaft, skid plates, and fill transmission and transfercase with oil.
i found more of the front differential mounting loose.
i think i am going to remove the driveshaft spacer i added to the rear.
doesn't look like i'm gonna leave thursday evening.......
could still happen friday morning.
hmmmmm


finalad021414
damaged the slip yoke on the rear driveshaft.
that slowed things down considerably.
replaced slip yoke.
getting underway around 19:00(friday).
hmmmmmmmmmmm........


compblab021914
suzi brought me home again. good girl.
seems a right motor mount broke loose, but i added a couple of ratchet straps to hold things in place.
it worked well enough.
no rubbing in the front wheel wells, and my modified a-arms didn't break.
trip report/some pics. should be posted.....

Last edited by rascott; 02/19/14 06:05 PM.
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991661 02/21/14 06:07 AM
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suzi the psycic took me to death valley.
that place is real big. and pretty desolate, for the most part.
i got a very late start, and didn't arrive "in the area" 'till very early saturday morning.
i decided to adjust my route to take in the racetrack, so i entered via olancha/hwy395. spoke to some ranchers, who were sure i could access thru darwin, and mentioned that hunter hill could probably be run, if it was of interest.
so i thought i'd go see...
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since i was seeing signs of snow, and hunter mountain gets over 7000', i went that way.
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things got a bit messy, but nothing real outrageous. somehow, however, i managed to break the right motor mount...
i made it past teakettle junction, looking a bit dirty and developing repair plans.
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limped into the racetrack with the transmission banging around(mostly on decelleration).
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i tried some repairs, and ended up spending the night at the racetrack.
next morning i went thru lippencott pass to stovepipe wells, where I was able to link w/cap510 and group, for a run to cottonwood canyon to camp.
between lippencot pass and stovepipe wells, i was surprised by offroader and group, that had left stovepipe wells and were going "up the road".
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lippencott pass was not very challenging, but very narrow in some spots, and may become quite technical without some repair.
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camp at cottonwood was very pleasant- carlos had a treat run into marble canyon lined up for us for monday.
cottonwood lineup.
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i got home about 2:30 tuesday morning.

Last edited by rascott; 02/21/14 03:23 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991662 02/21/14 07:45 AM
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My last and only time that way was in Orange Thunder, the 1983 Ramcharger belonging to CSUSB. I drove along that shelf road, and a few spots required a spotter due to the width of the RC. Was quite beautiful country.

Good for suzi!


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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991663 02/26/14 06:32 AM
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suzi's recent run to death valley was successful in a variety of ways.
first- performing her prime function: getting me "there" and back.
ancillary- proving/testing some recent major servicing and modifications, stressing/breaking things a bit, and getting some satisfaction at knotting and splicing as she goes.

gonna do some motor mount replacement. probably stock once more. transmission mount changes may happen this time.
still chasing some bad noise from the drivetrain. most noticeable in decell. might be related to some wiggle i find at the driveshaft yoke.
contemplating some transfer inspection.

couple other tweaks on stowage, and an aggravating failure of that damn rear window zipper will wind up this rant. i'll add some pics, and blabs later.


noted that suzi seems to get about 18mpg buzzin' about in low range. not bad. 261 miles between fill-ups. not bad.



1sttag022814
i used ratchet straps to hold things together. one helped hold the right front motor mount in place, another kept the transmission from rattling in the tunnel.
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this worked remarkably well. ran down lippencott pass(and all the way home) with no issue.

suzi has a bit of a soft spot. my "bodylift" is crushing the her tub structure a bit- both front/sides. between the bend and the crush, this is about 1/2".
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i think i'm gonna monkey with the front suspension again- put 1" spacers back in. i'll carry axles. i'm real pleased with my a-arm modification. got used to hearing the rub- kinda nice to miss it.....

this may work out, putting the spare in back like this. mabe the hunk of plywood can be a table.
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it wasn't a bad chuck wagon, and the gate weighs a bit less.
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i stuck some recovery gear in a basket in a bracket thing.
this too shall evolve, i'm sure. generally like it enough not to rip it off. carries garbage, also.

suzi's original transfercase is on the table, i am going to see why 4.24 gears won't fit. i've been told the case is too thin. mabe it can be made "thicker" or something.
i am prepared to overhaul a case, be nice to go back original, in a way. well, modified original.

Last edited by rascott; 03/01/14 02:22 AM.
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991664 03/03/14 08:18 PM
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Good stuff Richard, i think you single handedly support this forum. We need to hit the trail again dude! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />


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Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TOASTY] #991665 03/04/14 05:08 AM
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As only poster in Suzi's forum, you mean? Like me in the Dodge..well almost. More stuff in this thread than mine. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TOASTY] #991666 03/05/14 05:30 AM
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We need to hit the trail again dude! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

this sounds fine, too me! esp. w/legit trail partners.
hoping for a run a month, starting next month.
i expect to spend a bit of time in the dusy-ershim area this season.
suzi is getting tickled a bit more over the next couple of weeks, prepping for a few e f carson runs, to get my brother and miss bitchy primed.
mabe hell hole(i keep trying).


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rxinhed] #991667 03/05/14 05:36 AM
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i made this thread even longer, again.
opened up the transfer case- lost the first circlip i removed. it's probably with the one i shot out of the transmission..... i can't believe it!


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv
Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott] #991668 03/08/14 07:31 AM
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suzi the psychic is showing me how special she is.
i never got the complete fsm for her, and her gearbox guts are a bit different than other models. it's similar, but oddly missing some parts, like synchronizer plates, bushes that retain little steel balls, and the steel balls.....
hmmmm.
i wonder why they added that stuff?
this is an interesting exersize- perfectly functional unit, before i took it apart.
i have gotten stuck at removing the output shaft needle bearings from their respective case chunks.
[Linked Image]
better figure what i need to press new ones back in also, i guess.
honesty time- the first circlip i popped off vanished- really- there one second, gone the next.
this seems to be the way i start disassembly of gearboxes.

the case is probably too thin to be cut-out for the 4.24 gearset, but mabe.....
once i get the needle bearing thing down, i'll be pulling
suzi's current transfercase for disassembly and inspection.
one of 'em is going back in.....

burp030914
suzi is disabled again. expected to be usable for some exersize at the end of the month.
i figured a way to control the gravity problem when the rear mounts are removed.
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I spent 3 1/2 hours removing the transfer case.
[Linked Image]

i am still unclear where this "case too thin for bigger gears" talk, as far as modifying an '89 t-case, came from......
the cases look the same to me. even from the inside.
i didn't loose any circlips, so far.

morscat031014
this all looks familiar. just need to remove some of the black marked material, and the bigger gear will fit....
looks like I can go back to original gearbox.
[Linked Image]
it should be easier this time. last time I left the shaft in the case, and worked around it.....

the top of the case(right in pic) is the thin stuff.
[Linked Image]
very thin. like paper, near bearing boss.
mabe i got carried away with the grinder.

lull031514
got a lot of parts, but lack the tooling to deal with the needle bearing removal. brute force and cutting implements doesn't impress me, and my attempts to "primitive pete" some tooling were failing.
the fsm i'm using makes it look so easy, so i'll try it their way.
i think this(part of the) project is backburnered about a week.

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