RONSLYCHUK wrote:Hey Jordan,congrats on getting your dime done. You will enjoy the drive down to Portland. If you have time check out Voodoo Doughnuts in downtown Portland. If you have not been to the Olympic Penninsula before I think that you will see some awesome sights. Check out Ruby Beach for sure. Cheers Ron.
Thanks Ron. We actually camped at the campground just south of Ruby Beach. It was a super nice area! The beach sunsets there are pretty spectacular.
510tdi wrote:Since joining the Realm I 've enjoyed skimming through folks build threads and just caught up on yours last night. Super impressive. Not only because of the finished product but also the attention to detail and sheer tenacity to get it done. 5 years, right?.Congratolations! Have a great drive.
You ought to make a side trip out I-84 towards the Columbia River Gorge while you're here in the Portland. Great roads and views. You could even stop by our farm then give me a ride around the neighborhood in your dime. Just sayin'.
Thanks Bryan. The trip was pretty tight for timing. I would like to venture out that way sometime though!
Nice job Jordan, you are a maniac! Getting any waves and shouts as you drive around?
18 hour shakedown, eh?
I am sure you have rung that thing out in the last couple of weeks, have fun man, that looks like a dream drive to me!
What a gorgeous part of the planet.
Thanks Joel. Quite a few waves and thumbs up! Haha the 18 hour shakedown turned into a lot more. This weekend was 1550 miles/2500km total! More on that soon.
You know there's a reason they call BC/PNW the "best place on earth"!
dumb question though: when you say "align the driveshaft" so you changed the angles of the rear diff or trans to get it "aligned" OR your driveshaft yokes were out of phase?
I have a similarly annoying vibe, usually worse on deceleration (but not with the clutch in) so im thinking I need to reduce the downward angle preload (ie raise the nose of my diff). I've dealt with this in jeep world with a CV at the front of the driveshaft and a u-joint at the rear, and the goal is to align the pinion angle with the shaft angle for the least vibes. I haven't started digging at all yet, but your thread gets the gears in my head turning.
To align the driveshaft, I shimmed up the trans mount as much as I could, moved the nose of the diff up as much as I could (shims beneath the diff), and put spacers above the moustache bar bushings to push the rear of the diff down until I ran out of threads on the moustache bar studs. The phasing should be a non issue since one end is CV or does it need to be aligned specifically with the U joint? I know when I put the CV half shafts together I ensured that the cages were lined up. Those symptoms you listed are definitely what I had before.
You'll be very grateful if you get the driveshaft alignment all dialled in from the start.
Man, I had to catch up your thread, It looks like you got it all together! Very cool stuff going on here. Yea, that was me that chopped out the fuel pump at Lake Stevens.
What time are you planning on coming through Whidbey? I am heading out to do some junk yarding tomorrow, so I would hate to miss you.
Thanks Rich. We would have loved to stop by but we couldn't make the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry (5 hour wait was undoable) so we drove down and around but my friend still missed her carpool to Kamloops so we had a late night cannonball run on the Coquihalla
to Kamloops. I had great fun driving Highway 8 and the Fraser Canyon this morning in the early am.
Thankfully all the passes were dry for the drive. We saw subzero temperatures at the tops of the passes so I was quite thankful for my heater. With the 3.7 gears, 2 people and camping stuff the KA still managed 60mph up the snowshed hill but it was noticeably more tired than it was with the 3.9 gears
Here's the route we ended up doing! We dove off of I5 in Sedro-Woolley and took highway 9 which was a nice change from the I5 concrete we'd been through in Seattle. I ran out of map customizations so the highway 8 route from Merritt to Spence's Bridge isn't shown.
For giggles I kept track of some mileage:
40111 Abbotsford, BC 24 MPG
40310 Bellevue, WA 26 MPG
40560 Nehalem, OR 23.3 MPG
40772 Elma, WA 23.4 MPG
40910 Lakewood, WA 25 MPG
41101 Sedro-Woolley, WA 24 MPG
41243 Kamloops, BC 20.5 MPG
41414 Hope, BC 22 MPG
Overall average: ~22.5 MPG which is a little worse than I was expecting but still pretty acceptable considering the amount of fun I had doing it! Maybe winter fuel wasn't helping me out?
Supposedly the biggest Spruce tree in the world!