I'm driving it!! holy sh!t it's better!
got the exhaust welded, painted, and installed back to the t-case 2 nights ago and couldn't wait any longer, i had to test drive it, and it was worth it. even with it dumping right under the passenger seat up in the frame, it was quieter. that FTE muffler/resonator thing is crazy. last night i finished getting the exhaust out the back and actually drove the truck around a while.
new clutch feels 1000x better, i had to adjust my pedal down to make sure i don't over travel this thing. i might actually have to shorten the adjustable clutch rod i made. Chinese short throw shifter is a little sloppy but ok, i might take it apart some time to see if i can tighten it up.
but holy crap on a cracker, it's not even the same truck any more. i didn't even have time to notice the ride cuz i already had to shift again
seriously though, there is stuff i never expected to change that's just better. like it smokes way less daily driving it now, i just don't have to lug into turbo lag. i can even turn up the fuel more if i wanted.
less lag, sh!t is faster
more fuel for the smoke, sh!t is faster
better gear splits, sh!t is faster
smother faster shifting, sh!t is faster
no more front drive shaft rattle, t-case is quieter
new spline coupler on the 205 input, t-case is quieter
new twin sticks don't rattle, it's quieter
entire transmission is just quieter, there's basically no gear noise
FTE resonator made the exhaust HUGELY quieter inside, but still sounds great outside.
clutch mid-plate does make more noise when released ... i didn't get the quite one, should have paid the extra
new engine mounts with the new trans mount smoothed it out
new clutch that isn't coming apart smoothed it out
alignment in the rear DS apparently was needed to smooth it out
no more front shaft vibes
PLUS! i can get it into 2nd from a stop without putting it in 3rd first. i can put it into any gear i want without grinding. just don't miss 5th n hit reverse, that makes some noise.
it rev's smoother and better even while riding the governor, even more reason for less turbo lag, it's just smoother and quieter and more proper in every metric and every area. it's crazy, i still don't believe it, but i'm freakin thrilled. i don't even have carpet or floor insulation in there yet, it's still bare steel! i just bought 2 gal of lizard skin to spray it all down with and new carpet with the extra bat.
motivation is HIGH to knock out more of the list to really keep dialing this truck in.