Discovering the Damage! Razor Sharp Gears!! NOT Good! Project Jeep 1995 Wrangler 4.0 (Part 4)
Part 1: Parts Cannon!! Can it be saved? 95 Jeep Wrangler 4.0
Part 2: Frustrating Diagnosis! It LIVES AGAIN! Jeep Wrangler 4.0
Part 3: Old Jeeps Die HARD! Thermostatic Switch and Water Pump! 95 Wrangler 4.0
Razor Sharp Gears!! NOT Good! Project Jeep 1995 Wrangler 4.0
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Customer States: Engine barely runs and has a severe lack of power. It also has the occasional no start or long cranking before it starts. So far I've found vacuum leaks, clogged ports, antifreeze leaks from the water pump and the electric fan is damaged. I had the fuel pump, filter, spark plugs, ignition wires, and a distributor cap and rotor. It also has a new coolant temp sensor, O2 sensor, MAP, intake temp, IAC and throttle position sensor replaced. The ECM / PCM has been replaced too. See part one.
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You guys have totally totally surpassed my expectations to uh to Rally the internet. So we've got our case here. the Sedana 35 or I think it's an AMC axle but uh, the reason we're doing that is we already spent a bunch of the customers money on this truck and I went to service the rear fluid and found that these side gears right here were absolutely annihilated. That thing is razor sharp.

There you go. Yeah it's super sharp. Uh, there was some pin bore wear on the case so I'm gonna go ahead and just replace this entire differential and uh, and like like I offered and since you guys uh demanded I'm going to upgrade this from an open diff to a locking differential um on my own dime I'm not going to charge the customer for that because we've already. We've already got a lot going on here with this and um and and you guys demanded it.

So I'm doing what uh what I promised I would do and we're gonna do that together now. remember the deal was if uh if that last video when I took this cover off got I think 12 000 likes I was going to rebuild that axle with the factory gears and then the Sweden part sweetened. Part of the deal was if that video got a a thousand subscribers I would put in a Yukon locker and it has gotten over 2 000 subscribers so far. And on top of that the video that I made that followed up on that got like 800 more subscribers.

So you you guys tripled. You nearly tripled the amount of uh of necessary subscribers and like buttons uh to get me to purchase a free 99 locking differential for Project G By the way, to answer some questions, no, that is not my Jeep uh no I'm not buying it I Don't believe it's for sale if it is for sale. I Call First Dibs I Know some of you other guys want it, but I've got a lot of sweat and Blood and Tears and love in this Jeep So if it ever does end up for sale, um, this is mine first and and that's just how it is. Sorry guys I Already called Dibs Now Some of you guys were mentioning in the comments that I should Swap this axle out with a Ford 8.8 inch.

Um, that's doable, but that's like expensive doable and that's more expensive than what I was kind of kind of willing to go with. You know I mean I plan on rebuilding the uh, the bearings on this and putting a new differential in there. but that's you know. like that's like a 900 job.

Uh, changing this to an eight eight that has been prepped to fit inside of a YJ Jeep costs like three thousand dollars because you've got to cut the hangers off and re-weld the exhaust. Hangers On weld the leaf spring, connector, shackle things on. There's there's more to it than just taking it out and putting it in from what I understand a lot of them. I Think you can do a direct swap with the Jeeps that have the coil springs on them, but this is a leaf spring sprung Jeep So uh, the 8A is a coil spring sprung axle.

So because of that, I I'm not able to uh to just direct bolt it in there. You got to cut things off and weld them on and do various other things like that. Hey, there's the bolts back in here. We know that bolts back in.
So anyway, that's the update on the Locking thing. locking differential on this. we met the quota. It's definitely going to get upgraded.

Let me know what you think about just upgrading this day into 35. Or if I'm really, really making a mistake. Um, either way, I'm going to do what I think I need to do So That being said, thank you guys for watching this update one more time. And most importantly, don't forget to have yourselves a great day! See you guys later! End of Jeep Update.

98 thoughts on “You win! the internet has spoken!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raymond Rothstein says:

    8.8 explorer is actually cheap, buy pearches and weld them on with the right pinion angle, the money comes with brake master replacement, you go from wheel cylinders to calipers, so the master has to go and be replaced.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SirMeowcelot says:

    Like your channel every day more.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars quietsignal says:

    Your wife googles divorce attorneys near me every month😱

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Upgrading that Dana 35 with a locking differential will do just fine for the weight of that jeep I don't think the Ford 8.8 is needed especially for the cost @Rainman Ray's Repairs

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Awesome upgrades For the Customer oh yeah a yukon locker Sweet @Rainman Ray's Repairs

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charlie Lambert says:

    8.8 from early explorer is leaf & a very popular upgrade

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Koopmann says:

    Ray, I've never seen you do a diff carrier r&r. I hope you realize that the new carrier will need to be shimed to the housing for correct carrier bearing pre-load AND shimed to the pinion gear for correct back lash. You WILL need marking compound.
    Edit: You will also need a magnetic dial indicator.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charlie Lambert says:

    Dana 35 not amc 20

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Causon says:

    Love it when you add value to scrap..

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Harper says:

    I would look for a dana44 . Used in jeeps and Int Scout and also many others.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars East Coyote says:

    Just upgrade the Dana 35 with lockers. Not necessary to change the whole axle. That would entail a great deal of fabrication. If this was your jeep and you had the resources and budget to do it then it would be a great project to do especially for youtube. But since it's not yours then just doing the upgrade will suffice. Your already doing a big favor for the customer by doing it for free out of your own pocket.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars T.F.D 1982 says:

    So does this mean if we get this to let’s say 25k likes you’ll buy the axel??

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Abdulhkeem says:

    Ray is the nicest car mechanic!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stanwood Dave says:

    Not sure this was a proper update. No can of brake clean was used, so how would I know if this was the real deal. LOL

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars elektricsammy says:

    What is locking…why cant i ever get that locking limited skip traction control diff straight in myhead

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Afaq Haider says:

    the thing that costs you more do that 😀 dont know what language you are speaking and what you mean by spring sprung, but if its expensive it should be good 😀 🤣🤣

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Todd says:


  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars malcolmr3 says:

    I love how you do things with this channel but I love the care that you put into your work and that you do things the way they used to be done, where a man’s word is his bond. I’ve seen my father (and I’ve always tried to follow in his footsteps) make some major deals based on a handshake and his word. Thank you for a quality product here on YouTube and for always doing honest, trustworthy work. These are the things that made me subscribe and follow you, keep up the good work.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrQ says:

    Ray, Ray, Ray…. Ford Explorer Guy here. 8.8's in Explorers are all leaf sprung except when they made it an IRS in 02 and up Explorers. I believe you are referring to the full sized 8.8 that ran in the F-150 and Expedtions which would have to be cut down; Explorer versions are within an inch widthwise of the D35. A junkyard 8.8 is around 200 and you can get them with limited slips factory. 91-94 are drum brakes and easily (EASILY) retrofitted to Jeeps CJ's. Been wrenching on Explorers for 14 years, I know of what I speak. Good on yah for getting that guy's ride going.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars seanthecynical says:

    How many people have unsubscribed so far?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Robbins says:

    Should do the front also …. more subscribers let's go

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt Brown says:

    You gave this customer one Hell of a Christmas present Ray. God bless you. You are a great man. Much respect. This disabled veteran salutes you.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Glen Whatley says:

    No, the dana 35 is good enough unit on its own.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big John says:

    It needs a ring and pinion or at least the pinion bearings replaced after running all that metal in the oil thru them. Seems like the more you do the more they need. Never fails !!!! But definitely pinion bearings because that locker even limited slip will double the load on the pinion bearings when both axles are pulling .

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yippee Skippy says:

    Those rear brakes look like a hot mess.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Allen says:

    I was having a great day until I started installing a new dishwasher.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheRookOne says:

    @Rainman Ray's Repairs I have a locker for a Dana 35 I would be happy to send to you. I sold my Jeep and never put it in.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leon Serfontein says:


  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alex jenkin says:

    barns4wd might help i only know of them because i watch mattsoffroadrecovery / bleepinjeep / fab rats /

    MischiefMakerTV channles

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 4 englishlies says:

    Ray I am so happy for you, it seems things are working out for you. When it comes time for the wife's unit to get her Honda fixed and part to replace I will send an email and see what can be done. I figure we are about 1.5 maybe 2 hours away from each other and that side of the state is nice to come visit every now and again .

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anyon Matt says:

    How many likes to get the doodily doo's back? I need them!!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lon Willis says:


  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Too-old Forthischet says:

    Why a Ford 8.8? I'm an old fart who was raised on Ford 9" rear ends.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Diz Awn says:

    All the guys saying 8.8 are right, but also wrong. If you are putting a new axle in it should be being sprung over at the same time…and he'll if you are changing an axle you kght as well get better gears for it too right? And if you are springing it over you need new steering. And, well.. it's lifted more with lockers and gears you better order some bigger tires for that 8.8.. so here ya are with a sprung over dual locked yj on 35s and highsteer…. You are gonna wreck that thing right quick so get some sliders on it and bumpers and damn while you're at it cage it… Might need an sye as well, and if you're in the tcase you might as well put gears in it.. wait, no that's dumb. Get an atlas 4 speed

    And that's why you don't see em driving around, they are all half done in everyone's garage.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Tone says:

    It’s not Rays dime…

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard S says:

    You don't want to spend more than what the jeep is worth..

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Curli3Boy says:

    Yaaaaayyy ray! Will watch you until the day I die

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SanchoTheBoss says:

    Man NOBODY keeps their word anymore ray…. It’s honestly refreshing as hell to see a legitimately honest mechanic who also does great work…. I honestly hope I find a mechanic like you so I can stop breaking knuckles working on my own trucks lol

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James says:

    Just stick with the housing that's in it Ray, sure the Ford hardware would offer it's advantages, but it's outweighed by the cost in time and effort. The customer is going to be absolutely wrapped with it either way, but like I said, cheaper, and it leaves you with more time you can spend buttoning up other minor annoyances on the Jeep.

    Cheers for the update, and keep up the fantastic work!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Wellman says:

    If I ever do score that AMC Eagle, I know who I'm sending to… Heh.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt D says:

    Good job Ray!!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vista Views says:

    Heh you said reweld the exhaust mounts

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars twlyons1 says:


  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Griffith says:

    There are leaf spring equipped Ford 8.8” axles (Ford Explorer) but i still agree that its still more modifications than simply rebuilding the existing axle.