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Old 05-30-2014, 11:45 PM   #76
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pull the positive cable off the battery.
hook an amp meter up to the battery and bridge the positive cable and battery positive terminal with the amp meter.

You will see the amperage draw reading on the amp meter.

start pulling fuses one by one and watch for the amp draw to drop. When you find the system that has the drop in amperage by pulling the fuse, you will know what system to inspect!

hope that helps! It helps to have someone reading the meter to you when you pull each fuse.
I found my dodge's battery drain this way.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:18 AM   #77
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Yup, that's how'ya do it. A test light could also be used. Less accurate, but it works. Pull fuses till the light shuts off. If you end up stumped lemme know. I can stop by any night no problem.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:58 PM   #78
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Got the exhaust done. Just threw some new joints and a new stub in my front axle for now. Need to get some small hubs for my D44 and do some grinding to the knuckles to fit my RCV shafts. Was fun to find out AFTER I tore them down. Lol. Ill do it after MG. Ive ran out of time. I need to pull my core support back out and check my fan blade direction and modify the core support for a closer fitment for the fan. Otherwise, I only have some interior things left to do. Center console, and some other minor electrical things.

Went out to Purinton yesterday and it wheeled amazing. It rips. The Iroks do very well so far. Lots of power helps spin the tires up and clean them out well.









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Old 06-03-2014, 06:54 AM   #79
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Looks great. Who did your exhaust?
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:09 AM   #80
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Quality Muffler I believe.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:28 AM   #81
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I am thankful for Pirate4x4 today. lol. Searched and searched to find additional info on installing my RCV's into my HPD44. Seems like most people have luck cutting the lower ball joint threads flush with the top of the BJ nut. Then you take the steering stop out. Turn the knuckle to the would be rear of truck. Install the boot. Install the inner shaft. Then turn the knuckle back as far as you can and install the CV. Then use either a set of long needle nose vice grips, or two extra people and some flat heads to force the boot onto the CV. Then install the outer stub. This isnt really all there is to do though. You have to be careful to line up the inner shaft splines with the CV correctly before using a mallet to slam the CV onto the inner shaft.

Also, you may (on some D44s, probably like mine) have to grind the knuckle out where the front of the CV passes by while installing. This relief will allow just a smidge more room for the CV ball to be man handled into place. And it is exactly that. A manhandle into place situation. It takes some muscle.

Things to be careful for. Do not cross the splines. Do not tear the boot. And when you use the vise grips, clamp to the inner shaft, NOT the boot. The vice grip acts as a stop so the boot doesnt slide as you force the CV into it. And its just that. You really have to for the CV into that boot. Again, muscle. lol.

Alternative install. If the above does not work for you, you have another option. This option entails cutting the lower BJ in the same fasion as stated above. Plus, grinding a 45 degree ramp into the upper BJ stud.

What you will then do, is install the boot to the axle tube in the C. Then run the inner shaft in (ensure spline engagement). Then, you will take the CV and outer stub (install the outer stub into the CV) and install that into the knuckle from the inside. Then as a whole unit (knuckle, BJ's, and CV/stub), fish it into the C and lift the CV up hard into place. This is NOT the easiest way to go. And it is a straight BIOTCH from everything Ive seen.

Anyone interested in seeing this done in real life will have a chance on Saturday at MG. I will be doing this at the AKX booth/area. Come on by and check it out. Ill see if I can get someone to film it too. Wouldnt be a bad thing to have around.

If you are reading this thread for tech RCV tech, hit me up. Ill be able to help you through it after I do mine. Ive watched a few vids and read a few installs. It is interesting at best lol.

Also, for those wondering, you cannot pass the CV through the knuckle opening on a GM 44 knuckle. I believe you can on a Ford knuckle. I could be wrong. But it is not possible on a GM one. And you cannot machine or grind out the knuckle becuase the studs are too close to the opening.



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Old 06-16-2014, 08:17 PM   #82
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Buggy looks really good CMan. You really stepped it up.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:25 PM   #83
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Thanks! Still a few kinks to work out. Need shocks, need to re do my front bump stops, and do some different exhaust hardware. Also, possibly a better cooling fan. Otherwise, just some tuning and on to bumpers and sliders. It really performs well.









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Old 07-24-2014, 10:22 AM   #84
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Haven't updated in a bit. I replaced my front leafs, and now need to do the same to the rear. I replaced my plagued Truck Avenger with a 750 Edelbrock. Not quite the same, but runs a billion times better and is now getting the fuel it needs. I destroyed my radiator when the factory mount moved. So I replaced it and built a new mount.

I also built a new rear crossmember. I will start on my bumper/tire carrier next r and r.



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Old 07-24-2014, 10:24 AM   #85
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:13 PM   #86
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Default Re: 98 Jimmy on tons.

I did almost same thing on my kids f250 Patrick kept everything firm and not hit each other under motor or frame flex .
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:38 AM   #87
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It will make a good platform for the rear bumper to attatch to. I will be doing a tire carrier as well, so it'll need to hold some real weight. I am going to do one more crossmember just under the motor. It needs it bad, before I crack the frame.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:59 PM   #88
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before I crack the frame.
Again you mean
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:09 PM   #89
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That wasn't due to a missing crossmember. And may have already been started before I had it.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:06 PM   #90
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:13 PM   #91
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #92
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http://anchorage.craigslist.org/cto/4896842925.html

Selling? Are you gonna build something else?
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:55 PM   #93
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Selling, no plans at the moment.
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:39 PM   #94
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I see no price and without that you will get nothing but tire kickers and low ballers IMHO.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:40 AM   #95
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Friendly reminder. Make sure you pull them stickers.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:59 PM   #96
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Friendly reminder. Make sure you pull them stickers.
When it sells, I will. Trust me, I dont have to be reminded like people have been in the past.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:44 AM   #97
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Not a whole lot has really changed this season. But I have some bigger changes in store for the coming weeks.

I am finally going EFI. I bought a stand alone Professional Products setup, and am looking forward to getting it installed when I get home. Im sick of knocking fuel out of the bowls on hard hits and starving and having to remain WOT on steep hills.



I replaced my motor mounts, they were obliterated. The new ones basically lasted 2 runs. Between the motor and frame flex, they wont last the way its all setup. So, I finally found some bolt in semi solid mounts with polyurethane bushings (I could have made these, but I sold my welder when I had to sell my house).








Ordered up an add a leaf for the rear to compensate for the weight of gear etc. This winter, I will gut the interior and do all new wiring and seats and dash.

I installed a Smitty 12k H20 winch and have been running it all season without a hitch. I am running Plasma Line from Eddie at Steadfast Offroad, and a Warn wireless controller (freaking love that thing). Mounted the holder for the controller on the dash. I really dig the ease of use.







Also got on the LED light bar band wagon. Its nice, super bright. Im happy with it.





I have gone through and redone a lot of wiring, and added a second fan to my radiator to deal with heat (still running a single core 4.3 radiator lol).

Going to install a factory oil pan on my motor, as the Hamburger's (POS!!) will not, for the life of it, seal properly. Sick and tired of small drips and leaks.

I am pretty sure Ive floated the valves enough over the last 2 years to warrant a new set of heads. But, this motor will most likely be pulled and rebuilt for my hot rod, and a stocker type motor stuffed back into this truck next year. So I wont bother with that for now.

I have bought an 04 Trailblazer that may or may not become my next project. Time will tell. For now, Im going to finish dialing this thing in and wheel the $hi! out of it.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:51 AM   #98
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The suspension has been working great since I redid the leafs and shocks. I still need that add a leaf out back. And I need to lower my bump stops a bit more. Then I should be set. It does fairly well for leaf springs. I am very happy with the way it performs off road. The wheel base is the best Ive had the pleasure of driving and the way the leafs flex is awesome. Of course, Im sure it would be light years better with links....







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Old 08-07-2015, 10:01 AM   #99
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If you need a welder, I have arc, mig and tig, if you want to do the welding here. Tig is not set up but I have everything. Arc is up to 300 amps, Mig 140
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If you need a welder, I have arc, mig and tig, if you want to do the welding here. Tig is not set up but I have everything. Arc is up to 300 amps, Mig 140
Thanks Shack, I will be in contact if I cannot get it taken care of myself. I appreciate the offer. I wish I still had my shop
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