Friday, May 31, 2019
Valley Hybrids finished my H42-to-H41 transmission conversion and my stock 3-speed transfer case to a twin stick Orion case. I need to pick em up!
Mine is the one in the foreground. The H41/Orion combo will give me a 82.2:1 crawl ratio as opposed to the stock H42/3-speed ratio of 51:1. Can't wait to get it all bolted up!
at May 31, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Sparks Were Flying!
Another Cruiserhead was kind enough to travel several hundred miles with his welding kit to teach me how to replace panels! Amazing dude and we managed to get the fuel pan panel about 90% complete. I'll finish the rest this weekend and hopefully start on other troubled areas too.
at May 25, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
Orion is Almost Finished!
My friend Georg Esterer, owner of Valley Hybrids and Cruiser Brothers sent me a pic of my Orion almost complete.
He reports that my axle assemblies are complete RCV shafts up front, mini truck outers with Aisin hubs, 4-wheel disc brakes, ARB lockers front and rear w/410 gears. My H41 transmission is also complete. All said and done my crawl ratio will be 82.2:1. Not bad when compared to stock ratio of 57.5:1. I should be able to creepy crawl up and down the trails at idle without any issue. I hope to bring all this kit home by 6/15.
Been waiting a while for these and upon initial inspection, well worth the wait. Can't wait to start assembly.
- 4" lift springs
- "Expedition" dual coil packs - primary springs rated for unloaded top off weight, while secondary springs are rated for fully loaded/top on weight. This provides ideal ride and handling characteristics under either condition.
- Center Pins pushed out (fwd in front/back in rear) 2" to increase wheelbase, improve approach/departure angle, and improve steering geometry.
- Rear springs are four inches longer than stock to increase wheel travel and improve ride comfort.
The Tub is Back from Blasting I FINALLY got around to picking up the tub from media blasting. Sadly, the crummy bed liner didn't coop...
Metal Fab: GO! I started in on the chassis today. First I had to get the crappy shop tires of the nicer wheels and onto the crappy shop...
Well the EFI is in aaaand sitting on my workbench! It will be some time before I'm ready to install it as I am trying to get more discip...
I love Stripping! I managed to get the frame completely stripped and loaded all alone. Thank God for winches! Next stop: media blaster! ...