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  1. J

    People think pulleys increase pulling power.

    The winch drum is both the first pulley AND where the extra line is stored. The pulley on the tree is the second pulley. If you stop thinking of the winch drum as merely a place to store the rope then you'll get it. The winch drum is a powered pulley. Instead of applying the force at a point...
  2. J

    Not sure where to put this, Mazda CX-5 hopelessly stuck on skyline drive

    Ever get him out? Thought all the access points to skyline were closed with gates. I'd offer to help but I don't have my front driveline in at all and won't for another month probably. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  3. J

    Show off you Laptop/Tablet/GPS mounts please

    My Note 8 will stop charging if it gets too hot, but that usually requires the sun to be shining directly onto it while also running CPU intensive apps. An aluminum heat shield should be relatively easy to fabricate to help keep the sun off your device. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Outfitter Design has been working on one and it is supposed to be released to production sometime this summer. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Truck did great going down and back from Overland Expo West. I had a lot of fun, got to meet Ronny Dahl as well as some new friends that I camped next to. Still have lots to do, not the least of which is replacing the steering system amd getting the front axle back in. But man those 4.56 gears...
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Two days of driving so far and I think it's working out well. Pretty sure most of the noise I hear is my Duratracs showing their age, plus I tweaked everything pretty well apparently. Glove box now barely brushes against the passenger door, there's a creak when stopping and starting as the...
  7. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Finally have the rear axle back in. Took me until 4AM to get it all finished, though that included replacing the front swaybar links. Those ACDelco "professional" links are apparently pieces of garbage. The driver side was completely sheared off the studs, and the passenger side's lower stud...
  8. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Got the axle back today. Unfortunately it took me all evening to replace the u-joints on the rear drive shaft. It didn't help that you need a special tool to press the old u-joints out, which I had to fabricate: But the driveshaft is ready now, so hopefully tomorrow evening I can get the axle...
  9. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Talked to the shop today, rear axle should be ready tomorrow so I'm borrowing my friend's truck again to pick it up. Hopefully I can have it installed tomorrow night and be back on the road again. I spent last night and tonight pulling the front differential and CV axles. Turned out to be a good...
  10. J

    ARB 50 qt issue

    Seems like any decent appliance repair shop that works on fridges and freezers would be able to seal the puncture and recharge the system for you. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    I may end up replacing the axle with a Dana 60 or GM 14 bolt later on, the 8.5 is fine but possibly a bit undersized when paired with the V8, especially when running larger tires and running tought trails with it. I'm only running 33's though so it will probably be fine with the upgrade to the...
  12. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    I think the same thing, that driver gear appears to be what gave out first. You can see that the missing teeth are 180 degrees from each other, so I think what happened was the driver axle gear gave out first due to the sheer amount of torque on it (5.3L V8 with a 4:1 transfer case and the...
  13. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Dropped the axle and ARB locker off at the shop, hopefully they can get it done this weekend and I can pick it back up on Monday. I'm going to pull the front axle this weekend and get that all prepped as well. The front ARB locker is taking longer to get to me but that's OK. It'll be great to...
  14. J

    Rotopax - Is there something better I should be using?

    What I find interesting is that I'm fairly sure that really anything that is liquid is in that state due to the pressure it is under, it's just that some compounds liquidate at much lower pressures than others. Gasoline stays liquid at a certain temperature and pressure, but when the temperature...
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    Rotopax - Is there something better I should be using?

    Atlantic British www.roverparts.com carries the half height style 10 liter cans like the one you have. 4 pack of the 20 liter cans is $170 plus shipping. I know the DO cans are available for less, but after buying a set of cans from Atlantic British and then getting a set from DO, I prefer the...
  16. J

    HF Badlands winch wired remote. help please!

    Sounds like either something wrong with the remote, or the contactor/relay. Pretty sure their manual has a schematic. First make sure it's all wired up correctly, if you're testing it out of the box and unmounted then make sure you have it hooked up correctly, there is a small ground wire from...
  17. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    More pictures of the damage. I pulled the axle assembly completely out in preparation for taking it to the shop that will be rebuilding it for me, and tore it the rest of the way down but left the carrier installed in case they wanted to check everything, plus I know you need to keep the caps...
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Video of the diff: [VIDEO]
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    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    Unfortunately there was also damage to the ring gear and tiny nick to the pinion from what I can see. Looks like a chunk was wedged between the nose of the pinion and the carrier: A small flake is all I saw on the pinion: So now I'm trying to determine what exactly to do. I was...
  20. J

    2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

    So this happened: Blew the spider and axle gears in the rear differential on Metal Masher down in Moab this week. I was trying to get up a short ledge/waterfall (maybe three feet) and apparently hit it just wrong and popped a gear apart, by the time I got up it and started getting to the...
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