First off, a big thanks to Adrenaline Offroad for their outstanding work and attention to detail; and River City Offroad for outstanding customer service ...and to both for being run/staffed by great people.
The below is primarily about the installation of Nitro Gear & Axle "hammer-in" D30 axle sleeves. In total, the following components were installed new:
-Nitro Gear & Axle "hammer-in" sleeves and chromoly axle shafts
-Poly Performance tie rod, drag link and ball joints
-Reid Racing knuckles
The install went very smooth. The only pre-installation preparation that I did was to clean the sleeves and place them in the freezer three days prior to installation. During the installation Eric (AOR):
-Cleaned the axle tubes with a homemade tool and hit the area around the tube opening lightly with sand paper.
-Coated the sleeves with white lithium grease.
Having a set of bearing race drivers made seating the sleeves flush with the axle tube very easy and prevented potentially deforming the sleeves.
Note: removal of the knuckles and ball joints is NOT necessary for the sleeve installation. However, this project presents a good opportunity to replace ball joints (or other components) and inspect your front brakes.
I kept the OEM steering dampener set-up, but I have a Poly set-up on the way from QTech via some Christmas gift certificates.
I absolutely could not be happier with how everything went, and how my Jeep handles post installation. The Poly steering parts made a huge difference in handling.
...And, yes, I went nuts playing with iMovie on my Mac for the first time ...And, yes, it was fun.
2010 JK D30 Upgrade - YouTube