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    February 4 - 26 Days to Departure

    Sunday we dove into some other projects around comfort and functionality.


    Did an accessory Drive inspection. Everything looked good, so that's a plus.


    dropped the exhaust, and inspected it. Andrew welded up any missed sections from the rush job before jericho last year.


    My dad and I wrapped the exhaust as it passes under the cab, should help keep the floor temps in check next year.


    Dad dressed and loomed some wires under the hood from the york install

    Mitch also worked on getting the passenger door sorted out, Andrew knocked out the anti-sub straps for the harnesses, we nut and bolt checked for the trip, reinstalled the exhaust, did a test brake check, re-checked u-bolt torques.


    Drove home in a snow storm. The hill going up through Gilsum was sketchy to say the least

    We made good progress getting ready for the trip. I've got a handful of things to knock out. But it should be fairly doable in the two weekend days I have left on the schedule.
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    Good luck Chris!

    That's a [lot of] wrap!!
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
    Good luck Chris! That's a [lot of] wrap!!
    So much wrap, hopefully it's worth it . That DEI stuff is $$$

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    February 7 - 22 Days to Departure

    Last night I swapped the rear axle out in my 2500 for a full float 14 bolt. It used to have a stock axle out of a Hummer H2, which was also a 3/4 ton, but came from the factory with the 9.5" semi float 14 bolt, and an eaton elocker. The elocker long since rounded the pins and had been out of service. Will and Casey had been asking about the axle for a little while because the elocker will fit into will's trucks front axle. So in hopes for Will to have a front locker for the trip I ripped the H2 axle out from under the 2500 and swapped in a Full Float 14 Bolt.


    Semi Float 14 Bolt waiting for delivery.


    Parts are still rolling in, got two exciting deliveries today. Can't wait to put both of them to work.
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    February 9th-12th - 17 days to departure

    We were in full thrash mode this weekend, working to prep the H3 for the trip. This H3 is a super cool proof of concept vehicle that my friends over at Outfitter Design have been working on for a while now.

    Outfitter Design Hex Tie Rod Sleeves
    Outfitter Design Solid Diff Bushings
    Outfitter Design HD front driveshaft
    Dana44 based custom IFS
    VVT 6.0L Motor from a 2011 2500HD
    Camaro 6l90 6 speed AT
    NP241 manual shift transfer case
    Complete integration from new motor/trans/transfer case to factory BCM/Dash/Controls


    We spent the weekend and part of Monday morning getting everything dropped into it's place, fluids filled, kinks ironed out of the powertrain swap. At this point the rest of the loose ends should be able to be tied up before the trip!

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    February 13th - 16 days to departure

    Took care of some odds and ends last night. Got the drivers side and passenger side inner door handles replaced, new clips in the window cranks. The stereo overhaul is also complete now, should be ready for some Dreamweaver turned up to 11.

    Also wrapped up the drivers side anti-sub strap, and went over my things to do check list. Hopefully We're closing in on it.


    Need to swap transfercase yokes so I can measure and drop off my front driveshaft to be built.

    Parts came in yesterday!

    long travel Slip is extra beefy :D
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    February 14th - 15 days to departure
    Got the last piece of my front driveshaft on the way yesterday. I ordered a 1350 double cardan for the front axle. Now both driveshafts will be 1350 double cardan at the top, and 1410 at the axles, keeps my spares simple, which I'm all about. I'm hoping to be able to flange mount my axle side in the front, we'll find out next week!

    I also got the passenger's seat sorted out a little bit. Installed two cig sockets in the passenger dash, and two RAM mounts for devices to be mounted to. I also added a fuse block between the RAM mounts so I can have easy access to the fuses that serve the outlets.


    Once that was all wrapped up, I mounted my GMRS radio to the dash, this will be wired into the fuse block that's between the ram mounts as well.
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    February 16-18th - 12 days to departure

    Knocked some more projects out on the truck this weekend!

    First project was to get the ARB installed.


    Dropped the old carrier


    yoinked the bearings off the carrier, and assembled the ARB


    ARB installed!


    Air line supported and routed away from danger



    I opted to run a pneumatic switch instead of the solenoid on the ARB, this eliminates the wiring for the locker and allows me to remove the regulator on the locker air supply.


    While I was working on the ARB install, Mitch was getting the new tabs welded up for the rock lights, we put two rock lights in each fender opening. Once the tabs were on, Trevor worked on getting all the wires run, and dressed out the way I like. While he was dressing the wires out, I ran the ARB lines into the cab, and then wired the accessory fuse block in the cab


    Rock Lights!


    Mitch did some running around and found a replacement rubber chunk for the worn out rag joint. It'll be nice to have that all firmed up.


    Also added some LED strips to the cab and bed area to serve as a dome light, kinda regretting buying the cheapest LED strips I could find. They're kinda purpleish *sigh*
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    February 16-18th - 12 days to departure (cont'd)



    I Fit some 45* adapters to the valve stems on my even spaced wheels. This will allow the valve stems to be accessed with the rock rings welded on.


    Accessory fuse block powered up, GMRS radio tested!


    Flat link installed!


    Tested the RAM mounts to make sure everything fit right.
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    February 20th - 10 days to departure
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    Got the last bit for my front driveshaft in, we measured for it last weekend. I dropped it off at keene driveline today to have it assembled. Excited to get it back and have 4wd again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cda View Post
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    Also added some LED strips to the cab and bed area to serve as a dome light, kinda regretting buying the cheapest LED strips I could find. They're kinda purpleish *sigh*
    I don't think you have any regrets :p
    Haha!
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
    I don't think you have any regrets :p
    Haha!
    Don't worry, they're staying.

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    February 22nd - 8 days to departure

    Buttoned up the front driveshaft and got it installed. did a quick bump and droop check in the driveway.




    Also installed the air water separator for the ARB.


    And did a quick and dirty install of a pressure gauge for the OBA.
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    February 23rd/24th - 6 days to departure


    Last weekend! Closing in on being ready!

    Also put the rock ring on my spare tire, which I've been putting off for far too long.

    Added Tabs to the bed sides so I can tie things down to the fenders.

    Added tie down's to hold my insulated water container deal

    Massaged some of ruffstuff's Tube Reinforcement magic around the corner of my boatsides to give them a little more protection.

    re-packed my trail toolbox for the trip.
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    February 25/26th - 5 days to departure

    Spent Sunday night/Monday morning building some armor for the H3.

    Gluing on brackets


    Test Fitting the 2x6 along the rocker with the bracketry installed


    Cutting out end caps for the 2x6


    Designing the tube part of the sliders


    Bending the hoops up


    Finished product!, Got both the passenger side and drivers side figured out. Also burned the bent skid plates together, and did some plasma work to make an access hole.
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