Here's the damage from the climb
up the Skullcrusher waterfall, one broken Alloy USA stub shaft. I am
disappointed with how easy it broke and the fact that there are no signs of
twisting, just a complete and sudden break. I was nearly vertical at the time
trying to get the passenger side tire to climb up a wall so I did not have the
full weight of the buggy on one corner.
The inner splines look fine, no
twist evident (this is the short side inner).
Here's a few shots showing the
condition of the Longfield u-joint & caps. There is some controversy on
whether or not the bushingless design will eventually start galling. I
have 25-30 trail rides on these including 9 days on the road with no maintenance
in between. I typically try to grease them with a pneumatic grease gun every
other run but I haven't been able to get any grease in since the initial lubing.
As you can see, other than some slight wearing on the trunion finish both parts
still have a very good surface finish with no galling evident.
Project Hellraiser Wrap-Up
This will be the last update for
Project Hellraiser as It seems like a good stopping point. The torch will
be passed to Project Hellraiser 4 which will detail the conversion of my chassis
to a 4 seater and cover some performance modifications for the engine.
I still have two issues on my to
do list that I have yet to work out, the first being the venting of the TF-904.
As you may recall I plugged the stock vent behind the torque converter and
placed a new vent on the tail housing of the transmission and vented it to a
catch can. The new vent just doesn't work as planned and for some reason I
get transmission fluid pumped into the catch can. The transmission also runs
hotter than I would like so I have plans to go back to the original vent but use
some tubing to route any fluid that escapes from it in a roll away from the
exhaust manifolds. I also am going to look into adding more cooling
capacity to my transmission fluid circuit.
The other issue I have to deal
with is eliminating the PCV valve so my motor doesn't suck in oil when off
camber to the passenger side. Look for solutions to these issues in the first
few Project Hellraiser 4 updates.