Well, I get to re-rethink my driveshafts. Took the u joints out of the driveshafts I have, and they ended up being different on each end. I planned to just move the flange to the other end and have the 1350 yoke put on the end the flange was on. So I googled a little bit and found a slip shaft with a 1350 joint that will just slide on the shafts I have, 75$ each, not as bad as I expected. I need to double check the spline count and diameter.
I've been thinking about my tire and wheel situation. I have seen talk on other forums about the pyo wheels, and some say not to run too wide of a tire on them. So I was looking into maybe h2 wheels or dodge "3rd gen" wheels. So here is what I came up with, provided my math is right and I went off of correct specs for the tires and wheels. I'm not 100% on the dodge wheel specs. Tire specs are from desert rat for Toyo mt's. The wheel mount surface should be 63.5 front 63 rear.
Dodge 3rd gen with 35x12.5x17= 72.2
17x8, 6.25 bs/ 34.8x13.2
Pyo with 315/75/16= 72.9
16x6.5, 5 bs/ 34.9x12.9
H2 with 35x12.5x17= 73.95
17x8.5, 5.625 bs/ 34.8x13.2
USWheel 8 lug 15 with 35x13.5x15= 82.9
15x10, 2.5 bs/ 34.8x14.4
I'm not sure if the dodge or h2 wheels will even work, and the 8 lug steel wheels definitely won't work. I do like the look of the dodge wheels. I'm thinking I should be able to fit a 35, but I really won't know for a couple weeks. The pyo's with those toyos should only be able 2-3 inches per side wider than it is now.
I also came to a realization the other night, comparing a crew cab s10 to an 80s suburban, the suburban is only about 14 inches longer bumper to bumper, and only about 7 inches longer wheelbase. Our crew cabs are huge! Let's hope I don't smash body panels for a year or more. From what little I have driven my dads jk offroad, it feels ginormous, both width and length. My k5 is wide, but short, and gets around great. My yj is narrow and short and gets around even better. However.... I've never had a locker front or rear in any of my toys, and this will be locked front and rear. It should be able to go places it doesn't need to be. I think I just talked myself into needing some body protection.
I'm not sure how much time I'll have this week to work on this. Today I'm going to get the 97 np243c. Hoping tomorrow to pull it apart while my mechanic is putting the jk gears in the axle. I hope we have time to go ahead and put the rest of the axle together, slide shafts in, put ball joints in knuckles and get them on, put the bearings in the hubs and get them on, and put the brakes on. Sounds simple enough, right? I won't be able to work on it Tuesday or maybe the rest of the week. I was trying to find help to put the front crossmember on, but we had too much going on yesterday to make it that far. The winch mount complicates things there.
Thoughts? Feedback? Free labor? All are welcomed