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For the third and final day of the 2015 JKX – Middle America, the weather didn’t cooperate at all with they day’s plans. Prepared as always, Mel and his crew went to plan B and we headed back to K2 OHV park for another great run in the rocks.

Beautiful scenery, but them clouds though.

Beautiful scenery, but them clouds though.

Rhodey doing what he does best.

Rhodey doing what he does best.

We aired down and got right after it hoping to get some great rock crawling in before the weather turned really ugly.  The wheeling was fantastic and ended with a crazy hill climb on the “Escalator” which proved to be more than technical and a lot of fun.

Once again, we have EVO1 showing off. ;)

Once again, we have EVO1 showing off. 😉

Everyone was able to test their skills and their JK’s as far as they wanted.  Just as the run ended, the clouds unleashed a drought killing rain with hail and tornado warnings. Luckily, we managed to keep in front of the storm long enough to get to our next location which was the Hanger Hotel on the runway in Fredrickburg, Texas.

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Hangar hotel huh? I wonder how many times it’s been called Hangover Hotel? 😉

What do both of these vehicles have in common? They've both been airborn!

What do both of these vehicles have in common? They’ve both been airborne!

Once we got the group pics taken we headed for Luckenbach, Texas for a live band and great way to end the event.

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Heel, toe, dosey doe come on baby let’s go boot scootin!

YEEEEE HAAAAAW!

YEEEEE HAAAAAW!

This place had some strange rules... That nobody followed!

This place had some strange rules… That nobody followed!

Once again Mel and his crew gave us a top notch event in a short amount of time and it will never be forgotten.

 

Non of this would be possible without the generous sponsors involved. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who helped put together a very memorable adventure. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Day 2 of the Nitto Tire JK Experience presented by Discount tire began with an ominous sky and a bit of a road day to get to the wheeling.

Something wicked this way comes

Something wicked indeed!

As we crossed the bridge into Katemcy OR K2 OHV park, the sky parted and the sun came out for some of the best rock crawling we’ve ever experienced.

Katemcy K-2 Rocks Off Road Park

Katemcy K-2 Rocks Off Road Park

Who knew that Texas had granite like this?

Up up…

… and away!

It was very technical crawling with obstacles for every level of expertise.

Technically this is a technical line. 🙂

EVO 1 showing off.

Just look at all the smiles!

We had a great day and ended up in Brady, Texas for some southern hospitality and a down home cat fish fry!

Rhodey flying the red, white and blue on the King of the hill.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Stay tuned for more!

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Day one of the Nitto Tire JK Experience presented by Discount Tire is a wrap. We had a great day of wheeling at Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls, TX.

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All lined up and ready to go!

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♫I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go!♫

The park offered something for everyone from mild to extremely wild. With all the rain this area has been receiving lately, there was very little traction to be had. This made for some very challenging lines.

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EVO1 making short work of the mud.

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Muddy lines. Just the way we like ’em!

We tried to run Rhodey on two wheels for a short time and while it made for great pictures and video it was a bit hard to handle.

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Two wheels? No problem!

Stay tuned tomorrow as we’re sure the mud isn’t going to dry up anytime soon nor is Mel going to make things easy on us.

Follow us on this blog or our Facebook page to keep in touch on what’s going on during the 2015 JKX – Middle America Adventure!

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As the second JKX for 2015 gets started, we’re very excited and proud to be part of Nitto’s JK Experience Middle America presented by Discount Tire. Two of our best, Eric Johnson and David Page, made it to the meeting point located in Marble Falls, Texas where they met up with Mel Wade, his crew and the other participants.

As usual Mel and his crew have everything lined up perfectly. The buzz between the invited guests and sponsors is high and everyone can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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♫The stars at night, are big and bright. Deep in the heart of Texas!♫

Sticking with the plan (see what we did there?) all the Jeeps are branded with the JKX logo across their windshields. Once all the JK’s have been sticker’d up, they will have a drivers meeting to line out the start of the next day’s wheeling. It’s raining and muggy so the mud should be fresh!! Pshhh…. MUD? No problem!

Eric lends a hand to help sticker up the rigs.

Eric lends a hand making sure all the rigs are sticker’d up properly.

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Mel and his crew go over the plan.

Armed with the latest technology in eye protection, Eric is ready to throw out a beat down with Rhodey’s Dynatrac Axles.

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I wonder if these Dynatrac glasses are as durable as their axles?

Stay tuned as tomorrow we’ll post our Day 1 JKX Middle America experience.

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Welcome to the Nitto Tire JK Experience East Coast Edition presented by Discount Tire. Northridge 4×4 is once again proud to be a sponsor of this great event and happy to have our camera crew at all three events this season. This is part one of a three part series that shares our JK Experience, experience.

Our adventure began in Fayetteville Tennessee where we took a short road trip to Hale Mountain OHV park for some excellent wheeling in the mountains of Alabama. We were greeted with a little bit of mud and a lot of awesome.

Mel thought it would be a great idea to lead us down a waterfall drop. He was right. This first obstacle was the perfect ice breaker to an amazing day of wheeling.

Next, we headed back across the border to the famous Lynchburg Tennessee for a private tour of the Jack Daniels facility.

Our first day of JKX – East Coast ended with some much needed down home southern BBQ and a hint of what day 2 might bring.

We hope you like what we put together and will try to stay with the original style of coverage for this event. Keep an eye out for part 2! It will only get better with each part…Enjoy!!!

Huge thanks to all of our killer manufacturers who helped us build a kick ass JK!

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PSC | RCV | Rigid | Rock Hard | sPOD | Trail Ready | Truck-Lite | Warn

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JK Front Driveshaft Install Instructions.

The following are the tools and products you will need to install the driveshaft.

Tools: These are the tools we use for the install. We listed a couple of different tools that can be used to loosen or tighten the same bolts just in case you do not have some of them. Example [ You could use the metric 15 wrench to tighten the front bolts on the flange, or the metric 15 impact socket]

1/2″ Drive Impact, 3/8″ Drive Impact, Medium size Ball Pein Hammer, Medium Size Rubber Malet, 5/16 12 point end wrench, Metric 15 End Wrench, 1 1/4″ Impact Socket, 3/8″ Metric 15 Impact socket, 1/2″ Drive Extentions, and 3/8″ Drive Extensions.

Products: Locktight, Black Silicone, WD-40, and Brake Cleaner.


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The Pictures below show you the OEM Driveshaft and Yoke that you will be replacing.

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You will be installing the parts you see in the picture below. Adams Driveshaft’s Rock Crawler 1310 CV Driveshaft, 1310 T-case yoke, and four 5/16″ 12 Point Head Grade 10 CV Bolts.

Note: The Silicone and Locktight does not come with the driveshaft. It is only pictured to show you the importance of using these so you will not have a leak, or a bolt come loose.

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Thanks to Becki Ortiz for letting us use her 4 Door JK for the install.

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First you will need to take out the old OEM Driveshaft by using your metric 15 end wrench or using an impact with a metric 15 socket on it. You may need to spray some WD-40 on the bolts to help you remove them if they are rusted.

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Using your rubber mallet or a medium ball pein hammer, tap the OEM flange on the side like the picture shows to remove the flange off of the front pinion yoke.

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Next you will need to take out the other side of the OEM driveshaft by using your 5/16″ 12 point end wrench or an impact with a 5/16″ 12 point socket on it.

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With the 1/2″ impact and the 1 1/4″ socket, take off the nut in the center of the transfer case.

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With your medium ball pein hammer, tap off the front T-case yoke. There is a thick o-ring in the center of the yoke that you will need to re-use.

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Take the o-ring out of the old yoke and insert it into the new T-case yoke that came with the driveshaft like the picture below shows.

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Install the new front T-case yoke on the splines and then tap it on with a medium ball pein hammer, or Rubber Mallet until there are enough threads to start the nut.

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Put black silicone on the washer of the nut like shown below and put some red Locktight on the threads of the nut.

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With the impact and the 1 1/4″ socket, tighten the nut down until it stops. With a torque wrench, tighten the nut to 160 ft lbs of torque. If the nut is not tight enough you could have some vibration. We called the sealer and they said the nut should be torqued down between 120 to 200 ft lbs. We have found that at 160 ft lbs there is no movement.

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Put some red Locktight on the four 5 /16″ head bolts that came with the driveshaft package.

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Insert the CV side of the driveshaft into the yoke and screw the bolts in the back side of the yoke like the picture below shows you. Tighten the bolts using your 5/16″ 12 point end wrench. There is no torque spec for these bolts so make sure to use plenty of Locktight.

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Next put Locktight on the four factory metric 15 head bolts.

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With your impact and metric 15 socket, tighten down the four bolts until tight. Using a torque wrench, tighten these bolts down between 35 to 45 ft lbs of torque. We torque these down when the Jeep is on the ground. The picture below just shows you how.

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You now have installed a new Adams Driveshaft Rock Crawler 1310 CV Driveshaft. This is one of the strongest driveshafts and is made with the best components possible by Spicer and Neapco.

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Big thanks goes out to James Adams of Adams Driveshafts for letting us re-post this on our blog. Click here to see the original post. To learn more about Adams Driveshafts, check out our offerings at this link. http://www.northridge4x4.com/adams_driveshaft

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Jk Rear Driveshaft Install Instructions.

The following are the tools and products you will need to install the Driveshaft.

Tools: These are the tools we use for the install. We listed a couple of different tools that can be used to loosen, tighten, or take off the yoke, and bolts just in case you do not have some of them. Example [ You could use the Ball Pein Hammer or the Yoke Puller.]

1/2″ impact, medium size ball pein hammer, 1/2″ end wrench, 5/6 12 point end wrench, 1 1/4″ impact socket, 1 5/16″ thin wall impact socket, yoke puller is optional.

Products:

Locktight, Black Silicone, WD-40, and Brake Clean.

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These are the parts you will be replacing. The picture below shows you the old OEM driveshaft and yokes.

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You will be Installing the parts you see in the picture below. Adams Driveshaft Rock Crawler 1310 CV Driveshaft, Dana 44 Pinion Yoke, T-case CV Yoke, 1310 U-bolts, and Four 5/16 12 point Head Grade 10 CV Bolts.

Note: The silicone and Locktight does not come with the driveshaft it is only pictured to show the importance of using these so you will not have a leak, or a bolt come loose.

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Thanks to Eddie Ortiz for donating his 2 Door JK for the install.

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First you will need to take out the old OEM driveshaft by using your 5/16 12 point end wrench. The OEM driveshaft uses the same bolts front and rear. You may need to spray some WD-40 on the bolts and yokes to help you remove them if they are rusted.

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Next you will need your Impact and the 1 5/16″ thin wall socket to remove the Dana 44 pinion nut.

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Using the medium ball pein hammer lightly tap on the back side of the pinion yoke in order to remove it. Depending on how hard the yoke comes off or mileage you may need to replace the pinion seal at the same time as you install the new yoke.

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You could also use a yoke puller instead of a hammer if you have one handy.

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Lightly tap the new dana 44 pinion yoke on the rear differential with your medium size ball pein hammer like the picture below shows being careful not to hit the threads or the splines.

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Install the black silicone on the bottom side of the pinion washer like the two pictures below and install the washer on the pinion with the silicone facing towards the differential.

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After installing the washer, apply red Locktight to the inside of the pinion nut and thread it on the pinion threads.

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With the Impact gun, tighten down the pinion nut until the socket comes to a stop.

NOTE: DO NOT KEEP TIGHTENING THE PINION NUT AFTER THE SOCKET HAS STOP. If you keep tightening the nut you will over crush the crush sleeve and the pinion bearings will burn up.

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Check to make sure that there is no play in or out or up and down on the pinion yoke. If there is some play then the yoke has not been tightened down to the crush sleeve yet. Continue tightening until there is no movement in the yoke in or out or up and down.

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Now it is time to change the transfer case yoke by using the impact and 1 1/4″ impact socket.

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Take your hammer and tap off the T-case yoke. You could also use the yoke puller if you have one.

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Notice that in the old T-case yoke there is a thick O-ring, take out this O-ring like the picture shows below so you can install it in the new T-case yoke.

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Install the O-ring that you took off the old yoke into the new yoke before you put the yoke on the T-case.

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Put some black silicone on the back side of the nut like the picture shows below.

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Put red Locktight on the threads like the picture below shows.

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Tighten the transfer case yoke until socket stops. We called and talked to four different Jeep dealerships and they all recommended that the torque Settings to be between 120 to 190 foot pounds. We set ours to 160 FT Pounds.

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Install red Locktight on the cv bolts like the picture shows below.

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The cv bolts are installed through the back of the yoke and threads into the cv kit. You will need your 5/16″ 12 point open end wrench for these bolts.

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Remove the black tape off of the rear u-joint. Be carefull not to drop the cap off the u-joint.

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Install the rear u-joint into the pinion yoke making sure that both u-joint caps are sitting between the tabs on the yoke like the picture below. Take your 1/2″ open end wrench and tighen down the u-bolts. Make sure that when you are tightening down the u-bolts that you tighten them down even. Tighten the nut down until it feels snug then go a 1/4″ of a turn and thats tight enough. The lock washer will hold the nut tight.

Note: If you over tighten the u-bolts or tighten them uneven, then the u-joint will fail and could cause the driveshaft to come out.

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You now have installed a new Adams Driveshaft Rock Crawler 1310 Solid Spicer 1310 CV Driveshaft. This is one of the strongest driveshafts and made with the best components possible by Spicer and Neapco.

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Big thanks goes out to James Adams of Adams Driveshafts for letting us re-post this on our blog. Click here to see the original post. To learn more about Adams Driveshafts, check out our offerings at this link. http://www.northridge4x4.com/adams_driveshaft

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