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 Post subject: Re: Bklyn.X
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2023 11:49 am 
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Here’s a new Bklyn.X story for you:

I noticed my d44 front diff was leaking. Most likely a result of continuously smacking it against rocks and boulders while off roading (bad driving :roll: ). I’m too embarrassed to post a picture of it so you’re not getin’ one. Instead here’s a pic of the housing after I took the cover off and hid it from site:

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I decided to replace the beat-to-shit cover with a new one instead of just taking the beat up one off, cleaning it and putting it back on with fresh RTV. I also decided to try a LubeLocker Gasket instead of my typical incompetent “Jackson Pollock” looking RTV mess.

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Not being satisfied doing this simple job in a normally short and uneventful manner I cross-threaded one of the cover bolts during installation. This fucked up one of the receiving holes in the housing. Although I did not put a wrench on the bolt, just hand tightening, it fucked it up enough that I couldn’t get a new bolt to start correctly even after taking the cover off.

I must admit with the vision of replacing my entire d44 with its custom welded perches running through my brain I was near tears. :cry:

I used a pick to try to chase the zanged threads with little success.

I measured the bolt, 5/16-18, and headed over to Lowe’s with a prayer and found a proper sized IRWIN Hanson 2-Pack SAE Tap and Drill Set. Even though I didn’t need the drill bit for $8 WTF.

This tap has IRWIN’s “exclusive self-aligning feature, ensures a straight thread every time”. Oh yeah, we’ll see about that.
Not for nothing it worked great! It caught the inside threads and “chased” the whole thing beautifully without cutting anything new/different. :D

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Saved! I highly recommend! :thumbup:

The rest of the job went easily.

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No leaks so far. Opps, I just realized my F'd up cover is in the pic ^. How embarrassing. :oops:
Thanks for looking. beer1

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2023 12:24 pm 
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The new cover looks great!


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Man,that poor old cover...
Nothing ever goes easy does it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2023 7:23 pm 
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Quite the story, Tom! GLad it all worked out!

I've got one of those LubeLocker Gaskets on my rear diff. I've had no issues with it since I installed it with John 4(?) years ago.

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So if want to waste some time with more of my shameless self promotion you can start by looking back in this thread a few years and you'll find a post about my bent control arms and the fix.
I still have not learned to drive so I'm thinking "more armor" rather education. beer1
I got a pair of Universal Tube Reinforcements from Ruff Stuff Specialties and my friend Dave stitch welded them on for me! :thumbup:

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I also added a "Hardhat" from Rock Hard 4X4 to my front diff.

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We'll see how they hold up to my abuse. :roll:

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Looking good, Tom!

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Here's a few shots from last week at Rausch Creek in PA.

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