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Old 10-28-2017, 08:28 PM   #126
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As I said, there are advantages.
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:26 PM   #127
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Haven't really gotten much done. The new job keeps me pretty occupied. As well as my 10 month old son and 4yr old daughter.

I noticed some cracks under the passenger seat starting to form a couple of weeks ago. I drilled some holes at the ends of the cracks to keep them from growing.





There are a couple of things I feel contributed to this.
Number 1 - Thirty Year Old Truck
Number 2 - Previous owner installed pipe flange seat risers
Number 3 - Sidekick Seat swap

I used my harbor freight to patch up the cracks. It went surprisingly well.





I sprayed some paint over it and on the underside of the tub and called it finished.



If I see the cracks opening or new ones forming I'll add some more metal underneath the seat mounts/sliders.

I've been noticing a bit of vibration recently as well. It became especially evident between 15-20mph recently. I had chalked this up to the new tires.
I changed my transmission oil.
I inspected the transmission mount.

And I glanced over at the rear drive shaft and noticed a shiny spot.



My u-joint was completely destroyed!



I've continued to be impressed by this vehicle. Even with this completely destroyed U-Joint the Samurai did 70mph+! The vibration was hardly noticeably above 30mph.

The flanges are pretty well ground in one the forward direction. The remaining u-joint held together well enough to keep my going forward.

I dropped it off at Bill Englewood Driveshaft and he was able to get the flanges swapped out and I had my driveshaft back the next day.




I'm still trying to battle noise inside the Samurai. I picked up some Boom Mat to put in some key areas of the tub to see if it helps. I'll keep you all posted!
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:36 PM   #128
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I've been battling road noise in the Samurai. I thought that getting the hard top would get the noise down to what I'd consider a reasonable level for the road trips I take with the family.

I started out with purchasing an 8 pack of some 12x12 DEI Boom Mat. DEI states that 100% coverage isn't necessary and that 25%-50% should yeild the same results.
I started by removing the seats and all the carpet. I cleaned the tub of the Samurai with simple green and paper towels.

I put one full sheet under each front seat and in each front floor pan. I put 2.5 sheets underneath the rear seat. I split one sheet and put half on each side of the transmission tunnel.









I reinstalled the carpet and drove it for a couple of days. This small amount of boom mat yielded some small but noticable results.
Enough that I felt justified to order another 8 pack of boom mat as well as DEI's Under Carpet Light. A 48"x70" sheet.

I added some more boom mat to each firewall, the top of the transmission tunnel beneath the heaterbox. I added some to the vertical surfaces above each wheel.
I split one sheet between both wheel wells. During this time my daughter was playing with my phone so I did not get many pictures of the added boom mat.
I started cutting the Under Carpet lite, focusing on the front of the samurai. I spend more time in here than my family since I drive it daily.



I placed a full sheet inside each door.

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:37 PM   #129
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My daughter also helped me remove the seats this time around. Afterwards she hung around to play on my phone and keep me from taking pictures.



I used some cardboard to make a template for the transmission tunnel.






I tried to completely enclose the tranmission/transfercase tunnel with the undercarpert lite.





I had a nice piece leftover that almost covered the rear of the samurai underneath the rear seat so I begin reinstalling the carpet.






After all this work, which wasn't much, this has yielded some significant results. I'm pretty happy with it.

I'm beginning to suspect some more transmission problems. I've been hearing a whine that goes away whenever I press in the clutch. I figured this was the throwout bearing.
Some more knowledgeable folks have said that it's the input bearing so I believe I may be having louder than usual transmission noise.
My EGR Failure code has also been ever present for the last few weeks. I picked up another head because I suspect my headgasket may be failing too. Sweet smelling exhaust...



While I had the doors taken apart I decided to try swapping in the window channel from the same 4dr sidekick from the junkyard that I got the head from. It's ok.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:41 PM   #130
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Nice attention to detail. Did you try pulling the drive shafts to check the u joints? My middle shaft felt fine in the truck, but when I took the shaft out they were really stiff. There was almost no grease left when I pulled them. my tin top was a lot quieter now.
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