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Snailblaze One for the Nation

Discussion in 'Member Builds' started by Snailblazin', May 25, 2014.

  1. Snailblazin'

    Snailblazin' Well-Known Member

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    They're made by a company called Black Widow Gear based in the Ottawa, Ontario region. But I'm not beholden to that company, I just stumbled onto their ad on Kijiji Calgary, with the appropriate brackets (which anybody can build or have built) a fella can get himself any JK bumper from any company he so chooses. I just love the options and price from these guys.
     
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    Apparently I'm also on Elmer's Wood Glue because I previously stated my loathing for the GM 89 springs I supposedly purchased...when in fact I have the 88s. I can not believe there's a spring harsher than the 88s. In what stock vehicle did the 89s come factory? Jesus H. Christ.
     
  3. HARDTRAILZ

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    They did not come in any stock that we could discover.
     
  4. Snailblazin'

    Snailblazin' Well-Known Member

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    What happened to the Liftmeister body lift? I'm reneging on my previous statement about not doing it but...I'm nothing if not fickle as fuck! Seems like a good idea and all the cool kids have em.

    I noticed this morning while loading my snowboard gear into the rooftop box (because I stand on the back tires to do it) that the rear wheels clunk when applying perpendicular force, this seems like symptom of worn out rear wheel bearing. I've never replaced rear wheel bearings before, on any vehicle, so I'm out of my depth. And I noticed a peculiar noise eminating from under the hood of this cursed beast, I tried to snag a video of it but it's too dark and it wasn't making said noise (of course). I'll post up something tomorrow. Hopefully it's not the motor about to grenade .
     
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  5. Mooseman

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    Maybe not. If you push or pull on the rear wheel, it could be just the little freeplay between the axle c-clip and the spider gear. Quite normal.
     
  6. SnowBlazer

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    Mark lost everything in the hurricane back in October. He was able to salvage just enough for the suspension lifts. If you want a body lift, he can get the Zone Offroad kit for 350 shipped.
     
  7. Snailblazin'

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    Oh shit! I DID read that, someone started a GOFUNDME for him. That's horrible. I'll shoot him a message on his site. Thanks my man.
     
  8. SnowBlazer

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    Yeah ma . I looked like an ass because I was in Basic when it happened and I hit him up wondering what happened.
     
  9. HARDTRAILZ

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    The 2 inch Zone works. I had it before the 3 inch happened
     
  10. Snailblazin'

    Snailblazin' Well-Known Member

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    LB front shot Apr-17.jpg IMG_1130.JPG
    Updated for rear sway bar delete, some dip on the hood, trimmed bumper and parts infusion.
     
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  11. Snailblazin'

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    So this is a thing, is it a borked water pump? Something else, more sinister perhaps?

     
  12. Tiggerr

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    Yep! That's a borked water pump I'd say.
    Did mine a couple yrs ago. Not too bad of a job. Other than getting the blasted fan loose!
     
  13. Snailblazin'

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    Sounds like the perfect time for an e-fan upgrade too!

    Is there anything else I should probably do while I'm in there?

    Should the pulley be replaced too?
     
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  14. Snailblazin'

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    Update for Yakima roof rack parts.

    Swapped out the weak ass factory cross bars in favor of Yakima landing pads, towers, 60" black core bars, windshield fairing, Megawarrior basket extension, SKS locks, Frontloader bike carriers and J-cradles for kayaks. Loading a family of four's shit on top of the truck should take a lot less time now, and fewer ratchet straps! It's solid AF, everything is locked to the truck and with the extension I can have everything up there and still use the basket to store gas and lock boxes.

    Of note: My local accessories store was so dead-set on nothing working (Thule or Yakima) that they claimed I would have to remove EVERYTHING from the roof, factory tracks included, install Thule tracks to the roof and then towers and bars to the tune of an additional $500. The Yakima Landing Pads fit better than factory and were a breeze to install.

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  15. Snailblazin'

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    Update for water pump replacement, rear brake job and Massive panhard bar repair. Turns out that's what's been driving me bat-shit crazy all this time.

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    The passenger side heim joint had a bunch of play in it, making a clunk similar to a failed sway bar link except I could feel it in the wheels when applying perpendicular force. Those types of sounds make me mental. Also, inside a year since original purchase and Massive didn't cover it. I am disappoint.
     
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    Hmm, i'm gonna look into that on mine then man, I've got an intermittent clunk that will either be in the front or rear of my truck. I believe it's driveline related, but i'm doing a process of elimination. Perhaps the two are unrelated.
     
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    It took me 3 separate diagnostic sessions (hard to do alone!) and then I took it to a shop. I thought it could be the rear axle bearings. What a pain in my ass!
     
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    Well good to hear you got it figured out :tiphat:
     
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  21. HARDTRAILZ

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    Not the first I have heard of issues with the Massive stuff honestly. Glad you got it figured out though
     
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  22. Snailblazin'

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    I found 2 more faulty spherical rod ends on my passenger side upper and lower control arms, bringing the running total to 3. After much discussion with Karl Truty at Massive Speed Systems I've learned one very important lesson: Massive doesn't really give a shit. They don't stand behind the product they sell, they are not cooperative in finding a solution and generally Karl is an asshole. Don't waste your money buying from Massive.

    Also, apparently they have a "procedure" for maintaining the rod ends that needs to be adhered to so they don't prematurely fail. What a fucking joke, try and find that written somewhere on their website. In case anybody's wondering it requires removing the boots, applying grease, and reinstalling the boots.
     
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  23. HARDTRAILZ

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    Sounds like some of the other experiences referenced on ORTB. Sad one of the few providers for us has such low customer service.
     
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  24. Snailblazin'

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    Update:
    Time for a tire rotation! Also while I'm in there I might as well change out the front axle disconnect, the worn out CV shaft (hose clamp mod!) and yet another wheel bearing. Went better than expected.
    I've noticed that the Snailblazer seems indifferent to the brands of wheel bearings it eats. The latest victim was an AC Delco unit that maybe made it 365 days.


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  25. Snailblazin'

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    I had a chance to go for a small rip in some deep, wet snow at my local testing grounds and I was impressed at the ease with which the truck just crept up this shitty little railroad access track. Makes me think that I might have 4wheeled the truck in 2Hi for longer than I originally suspected.

    From that little foray I noticed that either the driver's side wheel bearing is worn out or the brand new wheel bearing I just put in it has shit the bed. The growl from the recently deceased bearing may have been masking the other side. It seems likely given the amount of noise I was dealing with. The current bearing noise seems to suggest passenger side as it goes away when the passenger side is loaded in a left hand turn, which I realize doesn't always hold water. Further to this, while only in 4Hi there is an audible chirp or clicking? sound coming from the passenger side and a mad driveline vibration at between 30-50 kph. Fuck sake. Any thoughts?
     
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  26. Mooseman

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    Could be the disconnect.
     
  27. Snailblazin'

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    Got a chance to have a peek under the front end and saw this little mess...
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    Right in the valley of the second bellows there's a 2 inch slice in the boot. The grease is now ejaculated all over everything. Odds of this happening on its own right outta the box? Noticed that the driveline vibration is gone now, might it have been caused by an imbalanced CV shaft as it unevenly jizzes grease on my truck? The sound is still there in 4WD only though, that shit probably doesn't fix itself.
     
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