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The Mighty Merc – NP205 Mount

The Mighty Merc – NP205 Mount

After shaving the stock mount off the NP205, I needed to come up with another mount to help support things. I didn’t really care for the mounts that were available commercially, so a little thinking netted me this:

The Mighty Merc – Moving the VSS and Tone Ring Math

The Mighty Merc – Moving the VSS and Tone Ring Math

In 1999 (and newer) Explorers and Mountaineers use a tone ring in the rear differential to give a signal for the VSS. This signal is used for the automatic transmission inputs as well as the ABS and speedometer. While my autotragic and ABS is going away, I still wanted to have a working speedometer and cruise control.

The Mighty Merc – Shifting The Mess Part 1

The Mighty Merc – Shifting The Mess Part 1

So now that the NWF doubler has been put together, it was time to start figuring out how to shift this mess. After listening to my janky shifter setup rattle going down the road in the Ranger, I decided that I wanted something that made a lot less noise. Some time spent with the plasma table at work during lunch and came home with a pile of parts: And grabbed some scrap ½” rod with 1.25” OD DOM tube for…

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The Mighty Merc – Building the NWF Doubler

The Mighty Merc – Building the NWF Doubler

After having a D&D Doubler in The Lone Ranger, I knew that I wanted another crawl box in this build. Especially since I intend to run a manual in this rig. After nearly getting burned on Behemoth Drive Train on another project (thankfully I got my money back out of that deal) I started looking for another supplier. Enter North West Fab (NWF) with their Eco Box:

The Mighty Merc – Shaving the NP205

The Mighty Merc – Shaving the NP205

I knew I was planning on running a doubler setup in this rig (more on that in a later post). I wanted an economical, and robust transfer case for the rear that could be twin sticked. There really are only two options when it comes to this, either the D300, or NP205. The D300, while available cheaply, tend to get expensive once you start needing to beef them up. Considering that this this will likely be a 6,ooo lb rig…

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The Lone Ranger – New Transmission Cross member

The Lone Ranger – New Transmission Cross member

When you do a doubler, you have to modify or make a new transmission cross member. If you’re running a decent sized lift (5” or better over stock) you can get away with hacking up a stock member. Since I’m only running about 4” of lift over stock, I couldn’t make that option work so I made up a new one using 2x3x1/4” wall stock. Instead of using the stock tranny mount (left) I nabbed the mount that I was…

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The Lone Ranger – Clocking the transfer case

The Lone Ranger – Clocking the transfer case

Or I guess I could call this post “Pay attention to clearances”! I got the doubler put together and stuck it in the truck. Everything was looking pretty good until I tried to stick a drive shaft in it. That’s when I noticed something was a wee bit off: Yup, the dang drive shaft rubs the front case with everything lined up in a “stock” position. Had I taken a second to check this on the bench, I could have…

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The Lone Ranger – Crawl Box Upgrade

The Lone Ranger – Crawl Box Upgrade

After killing the 1350 crawl box on our trip (rear T-case loosened up because I forgot to lock-tite the bolt, guess I shouldn’t drink while wrenching), I needed to get something fixed quickly. When the rear t-case came out of alignment, it put enough side load on the crawl box shift forks to kill the nylon that was there, and gave it some metal on metal contact. Eventually killing the fork and letting the box come out of gear: So…

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