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
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.