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Old September 15th, 2010, 03:15 PM
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Thumbs up New L8 product- breather line upgrade kit

http://www.lucky8llc.com/Products.asp?ProductID=4147

Got mine and installed it the other day (getting ready for MAR)- this is a very nice upgrade to the stock axle/transmission/transfer case breathers. Comes with enough new line to replace all the stiff shitty factory tubing and allows you to completly customize the routing of the lines into one junction block with an outlet that you can run to the air cleaner/snrokle/whatever. Even comes with correct size fittings to replace the banjo bolt style used on the old lines. Considering how poorly some of the factory breather lines are placed, and how much $$ some of us have tied up in our diffs and axles, well worth the price. (call justin and sweet talk him a little and I bet you can even get a discount off the listed price)
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Old September 15th, 2010, 08:48 PM
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That's a nice looking set up
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Old September 15th, 2010, 09:02 PM
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You been playing with your off boost fueling ?
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Old September 16th, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Does Bill Brettridge still deal with these? I think I remember him selling these back in like 1999 or 2000. I think his manifold terminated in the breather box, though.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:35 AM
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I had something similar on my 110 all the breathers terminated up in the snorkle cap.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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I had something similar on my 110 all the breathers terminated up in the snorkle cap.
Thats how I did mine, but you cant see it so there wasn't much point of taking a picture.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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The Engineer's solution to an engineering problem is always more engineering.
Tell me again why banjo fittings and nylon hose are not enough?
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Old September 16th, 2010, 12:10 PM
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The Engineer's solution to an engineering problem is always more engineering.
Tell me again why banjo fittings and nylon hose are not enough?
Well I don't think it is that the original equipment is not enough, but their routing, especially the one for the rear axle, leaves a lot to be desired. The old banjo fittings don't give, and these replacements do swivel. The replacement hose looks a lot like the original lines but it is MUCH more flexible. Previously I replaced all 4 of my breather lines with plastic fittings from home depot (shitty and the wrong size) and air brake tube (really stiff) and routed them all to the firewall and still found water in them after wheeling this spring so I am really glad to find a solution that addresses all the issues.
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The stock breather lines suck, for one. They get way too brittle over time. If you own a Land Rover with the brittle plastic vent lines, replace them.

I'm not much on Joel's installation. I think it looks like shit. But, whatever... However, by using the manifold you can really clean up an otherwise messy upgrade.

I don't think this kits is the cats-ass, though. It's not a bad kit and it's certainly better than what you have from the factory, but it's not the tits. It's kind of like installing a truetrack instead of a full Detroit.

I would want a kit that opens up the vent holes a bit at the axle. Meaning, I want a bigger hole and a larger vent tube. I want this because I run ARB's. Having larger breakers/vents is important because the breathers on ARB equipped trucks often get fouled with gear lube if the breathers are to small. It also helps the ARB to unlock faster.
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I would want a kit that opens up the vent holes a bit at the axle. Meaning, I want a bigger hole and a larger vent tube. I want this because I run ARB's. Having larger breakers/vents is important because the breathers on ARB equipped trucks often get fouled with gear lube if the breathers are to small. It also helps the ARB to unlock faster.
I have ARBs and this was actually the first thing I thought about when considering the upgrade in the first place. While this kit uses virtually the same diameter tubing, the restriction in the factory style breathers is actually the hole in the side of the banjo bolt- less than half the inside diameter of the breather tube itself (eyeball approximation). In comparison the swivel fittings simply do not have that same restriction, their inner diameter stays virtually the same all the way through. A kit with a larger tube diameter and larger fittings would definitely offer less restriction than factory but not be a simple install- I doubt most people want to actually drill/tap their axle housings.

Don't hate on my manifold Dan! I left the lines a little longer on purpose to illustrate their routing. I couldnt bring myself to leave so much slack in the outlet line though so it is harder to see. The manifold could have been mounted the other way up- or even with the fittings on the front of it pointed down- but I wanted the breather lines to "dump" individually into the manifold from the top. That way if one did start pushing fluid it could not drain down into another line so I would still be able to tell which one was having a problem. I must admit I try to hide things in pictures too, if you look closely you can see a part in that photo that does not belong on my truck...
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FYI, the ARB push-in fittings are a direct replacement for the banjo bolts. I just used some of those and ARB blue line to re-run all my breathers. Still not as stout as the upgrade kit, but better than stock with a larger air orifice.
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FYI, the ARB push-in fittings are a direct replacement for the banjo bolts. I just used some of those and ARB blue line to re-run all my breathers. Still not as stout as the upgrade kit, but better than stock with a larger air orifice.
That's still too small. That would be like trying to smoke a joint with the business end pinched shut from the hippie next to you. You need to open that shit up a little bit and get a good puff to get your money's worth.
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Well, I guess if you really want the axles to breathe, you'd go with (steel) 6AN fittings, braided stainless hose and run them to a filtered breather fitting high up.
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[QUOTE=crown14;241410 if you look closely you can see a part in that photo that does not belong on my truck...[/QUOTE]

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Yeah that doesn't do anything but I keep it there so I have a spare on the trail if someone needs one. But I was referring to another part
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How easy is it to drill and tap the axle housing??

Is it mild steel or hard??

Is there a trick to avoid metal shavings in the housing (I'm assuming that would be bad)?
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Any thoughts on the Accordion style breathers? A lot of usage by other manufacturers...and was thinking of putting a pair on my truck...thoughts?
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How easy is it to drill and tap the axle housing??

Is it mild steel or hard??

Is there a trick to avoid metal shavings in the housing (I'm assuming that would be bad)?

The kit does not require any modifications to the axles/trans/tcase.
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Will this kit work with the later type axle push plastic fittings?
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Yes I tried a section of leftover pipe in a D2 axle I have sitting in the shop on a pallet and its a perfect fit
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