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    Wheel bearing or Caliper?

    I believe that if you don't have a VC (viscous coupler) that a single lifted tire will spin freely. If you have a VC it will be slightly or much harder to spin depending on the condition of the VC. Shifting the transfer case into neutral may help it spin a touch more easily (no vc) or help you...
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    Wheel bearing or Caliper?

    I would think that if you lifted that tire/wheel off of the ground and did some shake testing that you'd easily see if the bearing was loose enough to cause brake issues. Spinning the hub and feeling how smoothly/easily it spins would also tell you a lot about bearing condition. Before (and...
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    Diagnosing brakes that drag

    If the parts listed are new/good then you've eliminated many of the brake drag causes that I've experienced over the years. Did you change the master cylinder or booster/etc.? If so are you confident that you adjusted the rod end that pushes into the master cylinder correctly? If that rod is...
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    Stupid oil consumption following head rebuild

    That oil has to be going somewhere and I'm curious about the grit. I'd consider sending an oil sample to blackstone as a good option and potentially less expensive than mechanic time if they don't find something pretty quickly. As a point of reference my FZ had 220k ish on it when I replaced...
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    best bang for the buck bike racks (pics with a trailer)?

    No problem with the above $30 rack if your bikes are beaters. That type of rack will wear the paint from the bike top tube and likely cause other damage to the bikes as they swing/shift/rattle on it. That's the type of rack I'd use with true beach cruisers with no derailleurs to bang out of...
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    Idle trouble and loss of power 80s series

    I agree with all of the above and imagine that once you get your wiring order sorted and your timing set that it will run better. Another possible contributor to symptoms of low/no idle can be a cracked/broken intake pipe. This is the rubber pipe that runs from the air filter to the throttle...
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    Running rear wheel bearings in diff oil.

    I didn't install the seals. You are correct that it won't fully drain out but the fresher gear oil from the diff will cycle through and keep the oil in the hubs fresher with this setup that runs no inner axle seals to keep the oil out of the hubs.
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    Running rear wheel bearings in diff oil.

    @Cruzerman Others have a lot more knowledge/experience on this topic and most of mine is second hand but I'll share my take on seal w grease vs. no seal w gear oil in the rear hubs. As you note, rear bearing failures aren't that common with the seal/grease setup. In the long-run, if the...
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    Running rear wheel bearings in diff oil.

    Discussed a good bit in other threads on the forum. @Tools R Us has posted on this as mentioned above. I've been running with no inner seals in the rear axle for about a year with no issue and preload has held also.
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    Official 35" and under!! Post pictures!!

    Just put a new set of 265 - 75 - 16 ATs on. Was initially planning to go larger for the looks and off road performance benefits. After a year of driving on this size I've found that they are a great all around balance for my current uses.
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    Possible Overheating

    '95 was the transition year so you may have gotten lucky and have an odb2 rig which makes life a lot easier. This thread may help you figure out what you have pretty quickly: https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/1995-obd1-or-obd2.457937/
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    Possible Overheating

    I recommend figuring out the actual temps as a next/first step. Then you'll have a baseline for evaluating any/all changes that you make.
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    Possible Overheating

    If your truck is a later FZ with ODBII then you should get the following setup so that you can actually see what your coolant temps are: Any odb2 bluetooth sender that is compatible with your smartphone. I got a similar unit for a similar price that works great: Any App on your phone that...
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    Viscous Coupler removal and AWD

    Ha, thanks @SmokingRocks maybe one day I'll get it cleaned up and shiny like yours ;)
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    Viscous Coupler removal and AWD

    You can kill a VC through abuse, even if miles are low, by doing something like mixing tire sizes so the VC may not be as clear of an indicator of mileage as odometer and paper trail.
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