Okay... so I know that that was a hell of a title and I am glad that you click and started reading. I have a few questions about my front axle. Currently I am in the stages of rebuilding/fixing it. Its not really broke... but I just slapped some 35's on her, and I know she doesn't like it.
At the moment I am in the stages of getting my Jeep (2008 Sahara JKU) Mild Off-road/Mall crawler status ready. The Jeep still drives great, and I have no issues there - its just that the last time my wheels were off at the Jeep store (High Country 4x4 Boone, NC FTW!) they told me that my ball joints were fairly worn and I look at replacing them. So recently I bought a set of Synergy Ball Joints and they are sitting in my garage. My neighbor is a mechanic, and we are going to rip it apart in a few weekends and get to working on it
Buuuuuut... he told me that while we had it apart I might as well replace my axle bearings? I am also going to put a Poison Spyder Diff cover on it, and apparently we take it all apart... so I might as well go big, or go home. All in all, I am just going to do it all at once. So... finally, after my life story, my questions are:
-Axle bearing or seals? Recommendations?
-Do I need a gasket for the PS Diff cover - videos show just using the goop that comes with them?
-Anything else I should look at while I am down there?
-U-joints? Nay or Yay?
Sorry for the super long post and everything... but I am just trying to cover all my bases before I get into it. Thanks in advance!
EDIT: Soooo after some googling, it seems like maybe I should reinforce the axle gussests? And maybe sleeve them... Advice?
2008 JKU, ProComps, 35 Kevlar MT/R's, Dana 44s, locked, 5.13, Artic Trusses, RCVs, all types of OR-Fab stuff, PIAA's, 2.5in Suspension lift, Adams driveshaft, Teraflex SpeedBumps, Warn Winch and some other goodies...
Old shit needs fixed. Facts.
Shit run off-road needs fixed. Fact.
Old shit run off-road needs fixed more often yet. Fact.