haha yeah sorry been super busy. wheeling it...oh yeah its happening. just now i am getting it reliable first. more mudding than anything to be honest, some trails.... no rocks or anything. buying 2 sets of tires would offset the MPG lost (if any) by going to mud tires. IMO i'll just keep one set.
so first things first, in order.
some better pics of the new tires. it completely changed the look of the truck. much more aggressive.
Then i went to the mountains to take pics!
This doesnt look like much, but i had trouble getting back in the truck.
So anyways, got a thread over on Zr2usa, have this weird oscillating humming/vibration while going 50-70 mph, it doesnt represent the RPM at all, but anyways i thought it was the front driveshaft vibrating since it has some play
barely any grease. once i greased it the joint had no play.
so that must mean wheel bearing....omg so i tore into my first 4x4 suspension.
it wasnt that bad! figured it would be more complicated but i have been reading like crazy lately so im a bit familiar with it now.
and well that didnt fix it....though the old bearing did have some play and made noise when turned.
but anyways i do hear clicking, it goes away at speeds more than 20 mph, but its hard to hear with the mud tires and wind. it clicks going straight, left, right. doesnt matter it clicks at low speeds. so with the front driveshaft removed and still clicked i am thinking CV joints correct?
and zr2 thread for anyone who wants more detail on the current issue.
Also my vacuum switch is stuck open. found out because i was on the highway, going up a hill, lost vacuum (rotting lines) and the font driveshaft disengaged, well i regained vacuum and what happens? yeah the font diff tries to engage while i'm going 70mph....sounded like an old crop duster airplane. so i disabled the vacuum and got a twist locking cable on order to make myself a posi-lock. so no more vacuum operated front diff.
just to add i want to rebuild the suspension while i am there....Thing is i want Power performance ball joints. well if i need a replacement i am kinda screwed and have to wait for shipping....i am thinking of going with MOOG or maybe napa blue ball joints.
any opinions? i just like the fact i can go to the store and grab a set, in an emergency that convenience would come in handy and if i grease them regularly they should last a long long time.