You’re right. I will return it back. The difference will be that I won’t paint the copper over wrinkle black..( it’ll be painted over red,instead).Copper/Bronze color before looked better man. Just my 2$.
I’d have the engine somehow match the body color. Red doesn’t do that. My .02!You’re right. I will return it back. The difference will be that I won’t paint the copper over wrinkle black..( it’ll be painted over red,instead).
I don’t know if I’ll wait, and run it this way for a bit, or I’ll take it back apart immediatel.
( Who wants to take a guess on this decision)
That is an entire top end cover. If I wanted the gears exposed, I’d just leave the top cover off. I will paint them smooth copper.I think it needs smooth copper and one of these to help it pop. Could even make a stencil or get a decal made that says Gila Monster in a creative script color combo right above the belt. I think it would bring out the industrial que more. People like seeing belts and gears. Good ol'ebay
I'm a huge fan of Yukon after they built their name with some 4WD folks I know. They provided me my first set of 5-lug fox axles about 20 years ago. Their customer service was great at the time, and regardless of the stock spline count, I beat the snot out of them without any problems. I've actually been looking at their lockers for the front end of my Cherokee lately, so I hit the 4WD guys and checked around regarding your issues. The Yukon rep is being straight. The centrifugal force used to operate your mechanical locker will often require it to be under load. Of note, a couple of the guys found that the noise and "drivability" issues became even worse when swapping from a manual to an automatic. This is likely due to the slight load left on as the clutch is disengaged prior to turning. Not one mentioned them completely "uncoupling," and I've yet to see the mechanical locker, or its lunchbox little brother behave that way completely. Noisy and slipping...yes, completely disengaged.....no. Anyway, most had to "get used" to driving it, and found it quieted a bit after the break in oil change. The good news is that they seem to get a lot of positive feedback when in the dirt and seem to get better with age. What was the recommended break in period from Yukon?This morning I fixed the “wrong“ in the engine compartment. I wanted to get that done so I wouldnt be tempted to leave it.
I’m sayin much better. After painting over the red, the copper kinda takes on a rose gold look, but that’s ok with me.
I wanted to take the car to the dealership to have the AC system evacuated so that I can change out the drier..I didn’t do that after the engine swap, and just attempted to charge the system after pulling a vacuum....no worky.
It also would give me the chance to test out the torque arm, make sure that the rear end was working, and see if the power felt any different..
It didn’t quite go as expected.
The rear end was making all kinds of racket. I expected it to when going around a corner, but it was noisy as fck, when making a right turn, and made very little noise if any turning left. When I took it to BMW for the evac I was expecting the worse,...( like something that I didn’t do right kinda worse)..and after getting the system evac’d, got just what I was expecting when trying to get it back home.
One block from the dealership, when trying to make an uphill left turn, the diff uncoupled, and just spun like there was a broken axle making a god awful racket.( think: the noise your trans makes if you try to change a gear w/o the clutch) I was dead in the middle of the intersection. Funny enough, the GM was coming down the hill, as I was trying to go up.
He gets out and pushes the thing back while I steer it.
Doing that re-engages the diff. I start it, I’m able to back up. I put it in low, it moves forward. But not knowing what’s wrong, I’m conflicted over whether or not I should try to drive it, or have it towed.
The GM says take it back to the shop, and have them put it on a lift, maybe somethings just coming loose.
So that’s what I do.
Nothings loose. ( from the outside)
I call Yukon, and they describe to me everything that this rear end is doing, and tell me that driving this car will now require a few things that were normal before, to dealt with differently now.
He says, ”You”ll now notice a lot of slop in the drivetrain between coast and drive, especially in high gear,..You’ll learn not to park it too close to anything anymore, because it’ll probably roll about a foot after you put it in park.
He says “Aside from the noise, you’ll have to deal with certain driving situations a little differently ( like an uphill left turn). You’ll need to power through that instead of coasting through it.
He says, “ The cogs need some break in time so that they‘ll lock, and unlock more reliably,....Dont baby it”
So, it appears that I’ve got what I asked for,...maybe a little more than I asked for. Time will tell I guess.
Its fast. How much faster is nothing i’m gonna guess at. But with the drag radials in 2nd, it’ll just tear those suckers up. something that the tiny wheezer wouldn’t .
Time will tell there too.
This will be one time that you’ll get no pushback from me.Should have gone with the Truetrac.