Got a lot done this weekend.
My brother in law got my father in law's rough 2006 Rubicon, and brought it down for some TLC.
Front drain plug was gaumed up and dripping, so replaced that, replaced his green fenders with some yellow I had in my parts pile, replaced both front upper a-arms (had some with new bushings in them) and knuckles (had some with new bearings in them) and replaced both CV's with spares I had as his inner boots were both shot. Also put a new battery on there, and discovered that a Yuasa battery has jumped up quite a bit in price. I was getting them for about $70 and now they're over $80.
Took two full mornings to get everything taken care of, but he shouldn't have any problems out of his front end for a long time, and hopefully the engine will hold up (this is the one that was stolen, ridden hard, and then recovered). Engine is making some pretty loud rattling noises but runs fine, so I'm leaving that part alone till he starts having issues with it.
Yesterday I got the 424 on my eldest daughter's 300 lubed up and reinstalled, so it will now lock into 2wd again. Still having carb issues with this machine. I think the float needle is hanging up. It doesn't act like it's getting fuel at all, and after messing with it for a few mins, it will finally run and stay running, and work fine till it sits for more than a day or two. Always fires on starter fluid, so definitely a fuel delivery problem. Going to take it off and clean it out good when I get time.
Hotter than hades here so I was pretty sore and beat after three straight 1/2 days wrenching out in the heat.
Got the 424 torn down, cleaned up, and greased. It still doesn't want to lock into 2wd easily; takes some pulling and wiggling, but at least it now will lock into 2wd.
I got one of the little balls out but the other one wouldn't come out to clean it up, so I did the best I could with it still in the barrel.
I have the adjustment all the way in too, so it should be the "easiest" to lock in that I can make it.
Definitely makes for a whole different ride than riding with it locked in 4wd all the time though!