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VIDEO: Nitro, Poly, Reid ~ AOR & RCO

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
-Spicer U-joints
-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.




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You made it look easy. Good stuff.

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Nice video Eric. How do the poly BJs feel after install? I am thinking next on my to do list.

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Nice video Eric. How do the poly BJs feel after install? I am thinking next on my to do list.

Many thanks. Only a short time in, but I feel a huge difference in the ride. Steering is very smooth and "crisp", for lack of a better term. The slight vibration in the front end that I've been trying to figure out is finally gone. Probably related to upgrading the drag link, tie rod and ball joints to Poly. It's really amazing to see and feel the difference holding the Poly parts next to the OEM parts. A big plus is that the Poly ball joints are re-greaseable, and you can order new boots if needed. They should last a hell of a lot longer than the OEMs ...which on 35s and 37s seem to only be good for 15,000ish miles. I'm looking forward to getting the the Poly steering dampener installed when it gets here.

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Thanks man!! See you next week at the usual M&G??

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Nice video e-jeep! Those sleeves go in a lot easier when frozen and the axle is cleaned really well
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Nicely done!

When did you drill for the sleeve welds?

Going to have to get some o'dem Reids, that's fo sho.
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Nice video e-jeep! Those sleeves go in a lot easier when frozen and the axle is cleaned really well
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Nicely done!

When did you drill for the sleeve welds?

Going to have to get some o'dem Reids, that's fo sho.
Thanks!! No drilling or welds. Hammer-in only. The last couple inches of the tube are knurled to lock them into place.

...and yes, the Reids are very nice.

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My driver side was a bit of a pain. When the factory welded the C to the axle the heat penetrated so deep it deformed the inside of the axle tube ever so slightly. I had to grind down what I could reach with a mild sanding stone and then hit it with fine sand paper. I also lubed it with lithium grease before the install. It is definately a tight fit because the grease just cakes up as the sleeve slid in. It went in ok up until the last 3" or so. I had to beat the shit out of it with a mammoth sledge and an aluminum race installer with the handle on the inside. This was to avoid hitting my finger again and breaking it with a short sledge while holding the tool with my hand. I did make myself bleed a little. Blood, sweat and tears right! Sleeve was fine, race tool was mushroomed on the handle side from beating it with a hammer and the race side will never be used again after the install was complete. I put them in the freezer for 24 hours. The passenger side will be attempted tomorrow. Hopefully another 24 hours in the freezer will help. That will be alot of pounding with that side being more than twice as long. This shit better work when it is all said and done. That PR44 was sounding a whole lot better around 2pm this afternoon when that thing wouldnt move until I got a BFSledge for the last few inches. The poly ball joints went in fine.
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Any more info on the hammer in sleeve kit, I can't find it on their site, thanks.

Good job on the video.

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Any more info on the hammer in sleeve kit, I can't find it on their site, thanks.

Good job on the video.

Send Marcus a PM ...he'll provide you any product info you need.

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Well the passenger side Nitro sleeves went in today. I am glad I dont and wont do that again. It can be a pain in the ass if the axles were welded really hot and the weld deformed the inside o the axle. A lot of grinding an sanding to reove the humps inside the axle at every weld. Maybe I was unlucky a the person who welded my axle burned it a little hot, i dont know. I am wore out from pounding them in. They did not distort at all. They looked just like as a I bought them. The race tool ha definately seen better days and can not be used for anything ever again. It was aluminum. Cheap parts but not eay to put in. I guess that tight fit is really what is gonna make them worth the effort. I hope! Photos tomorrow. The guy in the video on this thread must have had a pefect axle tube for them to go in as they did.
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Finished up the rest of the Poly steering. Need to pick up some shorter sway bar disconnects...














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