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Has anyone busted a stock 2013 rubicon axle yet?

I've seen the pics and reports on the net of busted axles around the u joint caps. The 2013s have more metal around the caps and I have not been able to find any reports of failure (yet?).

Just curious if anyone has broken a 2013 axle yet, around the u joint cap.

Bonus question.... Also curious if anyone has successfully pulled off a full circle clip conversion of stock axles. Now that I have ten factory shafts (not yet installed), I may try to convert the take out stock axles that will be kept around as spares. I think I've conjured up articles of TJ guys grinding off the bump with a die grinder but nobody with a JK.
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Or tack the caps. I see that done often.


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Or tack the caps. I see that done often.


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Thanks, gents. Tacking the caps is definitely decent. I was hoping to make them slightly more serviceable with the clips. That and what I lack in welding gear and ability to weld, I have in die grinder and clip installation tools.
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If they're spares, you're probably losing their reliability of jacking with them trying to get the clip deal done.

You'll pull them apart, lose a couple needle bearings, not want to spend $70/joint to replace them and even then be trying something new with how they retain if you get them back together....
Upgrade to your other shafts and those stockers will be there ready to go whenever you are.....just as long as you leave them alone.


They're still serviceable with tacked caps, just needs a little more time to do it. I've had tacked caps since..forever..on 09 axles and I haven't had trouble with them yet. [37s with beadlocks]

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If they're spares, you're probably losing their reliability of jacking with them trying to get the clip deal done.

You'll pull them apart, lose a couple needle bearings, not want to spend $70/joint to replace them and even then be trying something new with how they retain if you get them back together....
Upgrade to your other shafts and those stockers will be there ready to go whenever you are.....just as long as you leave them alone.


They're still serviceable with tacked caps, just needs a little more time to do it. I've had tacked caps since..forever..on 09 axles and I haven't had trouble with them yet. [37s with beadlocks]
Point well taken. Thanks again. It's not like I need another project around here. Thanks for saving me the headache.
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Busted my axle and it led to this...these were stock ru I 2013 axles out of'a friend who went chro only....i snapped a 2010 axle first then this one...



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Thanks, gents. Tacking the caps is definitely decent. I was hoping to make them slightly more serviceable with the clips. That and what I lack in welding gear and ability to weld, I have in die grinder and clip installation tools.
If you wanna' tack your caps, PM me.
You're like 20 minutes from me, and I'll gladly donate 5 minutes of a Saturday to zap your caps.

As for serviceability - quick strike with a cold chisel = untacked.

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Cool. I prolly won't f with them and just keep them as is for spares. The jeep has been on jack stands and the new axles on the floor beneath it for almost a week now. If I can find the time today, I'll assemble the new axles and u joints. I just got around to buying some wood blocks at Home Depot for the job.
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I have not broken mine yet. I did give it hell a few days ago in 4lo climbing a 5ft high sand/clay wall. Lots of wheelspin but I was not locked front or rear at the time. Also spun the hell out of the rear screwing around in 2wd on another dirt/clay hill. Higher traction surfaces like rock will break a lot more stuff than the clay/sand/mud we have here.

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