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post #1 of 16 Old 06-11-2011, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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If you tack weld the caps on the joints, what happens when one much be replaced...especially while out in the sticks?

On a side note: Tried to do a search. Either I'm missing something (highly possible) or there should be a way to search JUST titles of threads for keywords. Ugh!!!

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for starters, if you tack the caps, you're much less likely to have them walk out and therefore need to change one in the field.

in the event you do break one, you'll likely take the axle with it or at least stretch the ears when it goes, plus swapping a whole axle is a lot easier on the trail

as far as the search thing, goto advanced search and theres a dropdown under keyword to change it to search titles


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With the tac welds you should be fine. But if you see some pulled axels for sale buy them for spares.

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Thanks all!! I can get the caps welded at no cost so I might track down a set of take-off axles to take on the road. Between those and extra drive shafts, I should be set just about anywhere I'll be going.

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in the event you do break one, you'll likely take the axle with it or at least stretch the ears when it goes, plus swapping a whole axle is a lot easier on the trail
Yep, that is exactly what happened to me.

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Thanks all!! I can get the caps welded at no cost so I might track down a set of take-off axles to take on the road. Between those and extra drive shafts, I should be set just about anywhere I'll be going.
I have a spare D30 passenger axle if you are interested, just PM me.

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It's just the 30's that need to be tacked correct? Not the 44's. I forgot.

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All stock axle shaft u-joints (30 & 44) should have the caps tack welded because they don't have full circle clips.

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It's just the 30's that need to be tacked correct? Not the 44's. I forgot.
The 44s need it also, I have a destroyed stub shaft laying in the garage to prove it
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Yep, that is exactly what happened to me.



I have a spare D30 passenger axle if you are interested, just PM me.
If he's not interested in this Ill surely take it... Cant have enough spares...


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If you need to replace the UJ's because they are simply worn, then all you do is grind the tack welds off.
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If you need to replace the UJ's because they are simply worn, then all you do is grind the tack welds off.
x2 it's no big deal

31 jeeps in... still have issues
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Okay...next question: I assume this can be done while on the vehicle, right?

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Okay...next question: I assume this can be done while on the vehicle, right?
Yes, it's a little easier to do it with the shafts out, but still pretty easy to do.
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Okay...next question: I assume this can be done while on the vehicle, right?
yup, wire wheel the caps and ears so you can get a good weld and tack em on!

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im sure im screwing myself here but i didnt weld my old 2 doors caps or my current 4 doors caps and never had a problem. now im sure they both explode pulling out of my driveway tomorrow

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im sure im screwing myself here but i didnt weld my old 2 doors caps or my current 4 doors caps and never had a problem. now im sure they both explode pulling out of my driveway tomorrow
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