1986 XTRA Cab Truggy

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    #16
    lookin good

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      #17
      Bit late of an update but I did get everything swapped over. The new TG +5 housing showed up quickly. I took all of my wheels/tires to work and used the big tire machine to dismount them so that I could flip the tires around and get the better tread on the outside. I also got the brakes installed on the rear axle, rebent the brake lines, and added a little weld on pumpkin guard. One of my stock rear shafts was bent at the flange so I swapped it out with another one. I have since ordered some Yukon rear shafts and will be installing those at some point for extra peace of mind.

      I am having some issues with the disc brake conversion out back I need to sort through, and I definitely want to add a parking brake back in. I'll probably do a t-case mounted one, but I'm not sure yet.

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        #18
        Up front I got the TG housing installed with the new inner shafts. I tore apart the 10+ year old OG Longfield birfields to clean/inspect them and they looked great still. The keyed steering arms with 25mm trunion bearing pins were worth the wait. They installed super nice and between those and the ARP studs I'm pretty confident that I won't have issues with my steering arms or the knuckle bearings. I did keep 1.5" spacers (had 3" spacers with the stock housing) but the steering angle is much improved and nothing rubs up front when flexed and full lock. I did add steering stops back on after these pics and have them set at right when the TG Trail Safe wiper seals make contact with the axle tube. I unfortunately don't have any pics of it on the trail as I didn't take any, but other than some quirks with my brakes and all of my bead lock ring bolts coming loose everything seemed to work well. I do want to shorten the WB a bit and probably ditch the internal cage for an exo cage. Rework the flat bed at the same time, possibly link the rear, yadda yadda yadda. You know how it goes. It just never ends.

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          #19
          Originally posted by DutchVDub View Post
          Bit late of an update but I did get everything swapped over. The new TG +5 housing showed up quickly. I took all of my wheels/tires to work and used the big tire machine to dismount them so that I could flip the tires around and get the better tread on the outside. I also got the brakes installed on the rear axle, rebent the brake lines, and added a little weld on pumpkin guard. One of my stock rear shafts was bent at the flange so I swapped it out with another one. I have since ordered some Yukon rear shafts and will be installing those at some point for extra peace of mind.

          I am having some issues with the disc brake conversion out back I need to sort through, and I definitely want to add a parking brake back in. I'll probably do a t-case mounted one, but I'm not sure yet.
          Corona madness results in transfer case Ebrake its thread i am following also.

          check out this simple solution to your ebrake

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            #20
            Well, I hooked up my power bleeder and bled/flushed the entire brake system again. Then I went on a trip and the good news is that the brakes seem to be working great. The bad news is on the second obstacle I grenaded the rear ring and pinion. I'll toss new gars in it for now, but I'm going fabricated 9" this spring.

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              #21
              Definitely found the source of that loud “POP” when I slid back off that ledge.

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                #22
                I tried the TG economy kit as well and as others have stated as soon as you hit the rocks the axle deflects enough to push the calipers apart and wham no brakes without pumping them. This is because they are non-floating. It was unacceptable to me as I was hitting the con the next day. I'm curious if you were able to solve that problem. I ended up going back to drums and e-brake.

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                  #23
                  After using my power bleeder to push the last of the air out I believe so. I read about that issue as well (after doing the swap of course, never came up before 🙄) but I don’t think that’s happening with mine. I did replace the axle bearings when I did the swap too though, so that might help. Also with a built in residual valve you’d think that 2psi of pressure would be enough to keep the pads close to the rotors even if there was a little bit of movement. We should be talking thousandths here, not drastic amounts.

                  Regardless I’m picking up a fabricated 9” this week so it should be a moot point for me.

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                    #24
                    This was an expensive regear package. TrailGear 9" housing, all yukon thirdmember with 35 spline spool, Nitro axle shafts, Wilwood brakes, and 6 lug.

                    Its 68" wide WMS so just under 4" wider than my TG front as measured. It'll be kind of goofy at first but I also have a GM D60 front axle I'll build up and swap in later. I just need to order some brackets, joints, and tubing. Then I can try my hand at linking the rear with some 16" Radflo air shocks I got as part of a parts trading deal.

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                      #25
                      Not a lot of updates with my wife returning from deployment, the subsequent family trips, plus the holidays. I did finally manage to sneak some garage time in. I got the rear axle and suspension ripped out of the truck so that I can start mocking up the rear 4-link. I'm going to try to keep the flat bed for now, but if it get in the way I'll cut it off and do something even more minimal. I also cut apart a Sky's t-case e-brake mount so that it'll work with my FROR crossmember. Basically just had to make the spacing 3/8" narrower.

                      All of my heim joints and brackets showed up from Barnes, and my new gears and Toyota drive flange for the 9" showed up from Summit as well. I'm hoping to get a couple of days this weekend to make some more progress.

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