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View Poll Results: What is your personal experience with Bent or Broken Axle housings on JK's
I have heard about it from friends or on forums. 49 51.04%
I was there when it happened to someone else! 9 9.38%
It happened to me! 18 18.75%
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Broken / Bent Axle Housings

OK Here's a poll 'cause I gots to know.
So many folks seem to be trussing, sleeving the 44's or jumping into 60's...
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I tried to vote on the poll but it didn't work, but I went to 60's.

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sorry I was editing the poll...try again!
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I went with Poly Performance 'Ultimate front housing upgrade, complete with pinion angle change and currie Johnny joints. Also RCV Performance CV axle upgrade. Also regear to 5.38.
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I sleeved, gusseted, and trussed mine and the C-s still bent... not sure what I'm going to do to fix it yet but I'm out 1.7 on one side & 1.6 on the other. Hopefully someone comes out with new stronger Cs that I can replace.

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I am sleeved, gusseted. I will be testing it out in Moab soon. I haven't bent anything yet.

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I sleeved, gusseted, and trussed mine and the C-s still bent... not sure what I'm going to do to fix it yet but I'm out 1.7 on one side & 1.6 on the other. Hopefully someone comes out with new stronger Cs that I can replace.
I'm wondering.....is it possible that you could have bent the C's prior to gusseting? I really felt that the gussets would eliminate any possibility of failure in this area.

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I have a slight bend on the passenger side tube of my front housing. Not enough to make it undrivable, but more than enough to make alignment near impossible. Thought about trussing, sleeving etc, and they all seem to be able to offer some improvment in strength, but in my case the bend is already there. I have decided to go ahead and purchase a ProRock 44 front housing/carrier and transfer my internals. I have been pinching pennies so hopefully this summer I can get it done.

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We had renters snap two of our front axle housings last month, and 4 others in the last 3 years at the Moab store. We have inner sleeves, C-gussets, and LCA mount skids on 4-door Rubis now (we suspect the extra weight of the 4-door and the Rubi contributes significantly). These were on stock tires, so it was straight abuse. They should have taken Jeep School with me!

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I've read about a few unexplained breaks over the years on various forums. Seen pics of one snapped in two in the same place as Nena's Jeeps.

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I'm wondering.....is it possible that you could have bent the C's prior to gusseting? I really felt that the gussets would eliminate any possibility of failure in this area.
It was not noticeable visually if they were (& I'm sure they were a bit) but now (after a hard ride in WV a few months ago) you can definitely tell that they are bent.

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OK here's what my unscientific analysis tells me. To this point only 200 people have had enough interest in this issue to even view the thread. Of those only 30 had enough interest to vote seriously in the poll. Of those only 12 had any real world experience with bending or breaking. Thats around 6%. I figure that the 170 of those that did not vote had no real world issues with axle tube failure or they would have taken 5 seconds to vote. I further figure that the thousands who bypassed the thread completely also had no issue with tube failure or they would have looked in on the thread. That would take the 6% down exponentially. Given those odds of having a tube failure I can't see spending all that money on Re-engineered 44's or Dana 60's prior to a failure. Just helps bolster my wait & see attitude on this. Thanks!
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OK here's what my unscientific analysis tells me. To this point only 200 people have had enough interest in this issue to even view the thread. Of those only 30 had enough interest to vote seriously in the poll. Of those only 12 had any real world experience with bending or breaking. Thats around 6%. I figure that the 170 of those that did not vote had no real world issues with axle tube failure or they would have taken 5 seconds to vote. I further figure that the thousands who bypassed the thread completely also had no issue with tube failure or they would have looked in on the thread. That would take the 6% down exponentially. Given those odds of having a tube failure I can't see spending all that money on Re-engineered 44's or Dana 60's prior to a failure. Just helps bolster my wait & see attitude on this. Thanks!
Good luck, my axle tube snapped in half. I was just running a wash, nothing extreme. Wait til you have to haul a jeep with a broken tube 5 miles out. That'll change your mind. The front tubes on jk's are weak and made of crap steel. The rears are better, that's why they don't break. My two cents. Oh, I see your in so cal, if you want to see my broken axle tube, you can see it at 4 west in colton.
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Good luck, my axle tube snapped in half. I was just running a wash, nothing extreme. Wait til you have to haul a jeep with a broken tube 5 miles out. That'll change your mind. The front tubes on jk's are weak and made of crap steel. The rears are better, that's why they don't break. My two cents. Oh, I see your in so cal, if you want to see my broken axle tube, you can see it at 4 west in colton.
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Saw the front 30 on a JK X with a bent tube. Its the same diameter tube as a rubi front D44, so I guess it doesn't matter if it is an X or not. He didn't even wheel the jeep hard. Just ran easy trails locally.
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my front 44 on the rubicon didnt break a tube but i did have one of the plug welds crack and start seeping oil. the local dealership replaced the whole front axle under warranty.
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my C's are bent on the drivers side according to my mechanic. I have 35" tires with 4.88 gears but that is it on the Dana 30. Would rather explode it and get a 44 than put any real money into it.

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Both tubes on my front are bent. They have been forever. Started with one side... then the other... It wasnt TOO bad... but now they keep getting worse. Now I am SOL. I WISH I had put some kind of truss or sleeve on from day one. I honestly dont think it needs to be be over-engineered, but just some extra rigidity. Cheaper to address it beforehand, thats for sure.

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I'm going in to sleeve and gussett as soon as Dynatrac gets some of their ball joints out to me and I'm wondering what the best way is to make sure everything's all straight before I start going crazy on my current housing?

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I've been wondering if my Jeep lean is a bi-product of a bent axle tube?? Alignement is a bit wacked too!
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On both sides camber on mine was out of spec from day one. Speculation from a buddy at Chrysler that the axle tubes / upper inner "c's are getting bent during transport. Truckers / rail monkeys are chaining them down against the bump stops.
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I'm going in to sleeve and gussett as soon as Dynatrac gets some of their ball joints out to me and I'm wondering what the best way is to make sure everything's all straight before I start going crazy on my current housing?
Short of putting it up on an alignment rack, lay an angle finder on your front wheel centers / hubs. Will give you a general idea. of your camber setting. you can also put a short straightedge on the outside of the inner "C"s to see if the upper half is bent inwards.
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So are the tubes bending in a curve or angling right from the housing? I'm trying to figure if there's a way I can do it with the axle already yanked from the Jeep. My C's seem okay, I'm wondering about the tubes. Thanks!

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