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Jeep JK Rubicon Outer Stub Axle

Anybody got one for sale or to give....seems i need one on the drivers side...I am finding them on-line from $90 (oem)-$200 (upgraded). But seeing how i have to move in a little over a month i am trying to minimize expenses . I have not called local shops yet as i am hoping one of you guys who has beefed up your rigs and redone your axles might be willing to part with the part

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or does anyone know any shops that might have them less than OEM? I found some on Quadratec for $90 but i would prefer to stay local....

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lots of driveshafts out there, not axle parts?

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You can buy my D30 shaft and remove the outer from it if you want. PM me if you're interested.

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You can buy my D30 shaft and remove the outer from it if you want. PM me if you're interested.
It's a D44....D30 wont work?

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It's a D44....D30 wont work?
Pretty sure they use the exact same outers.

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Pretty sure they use the exact same outers.
let me make sure before we talk price...i thought the D44 was thicker or heavier duty or something like that...i know when i looked online for them there was a different part# for a D30 and D44

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Yep, after more research the D44s use a different ujoint, I thought it was the same as the 30.

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Yep, after more research the D44s use a different ujoint, I thought it was the same as the 30.
thanks for the offer anyway ...I think i have a line on one...full shaft wit Ujoint and all...simple swap out and done.

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SO how much longer before i really am doing damage can i drive on this???
I have to run errands (about 20miles or so) tomorrow and was going to take my RIG (as i have no other car)....i have a full stock front driver axle (inner, ujoint, outer) coming in the mail (from a member in NJ for FREE!!!!).

sorry about the size of the pic...didnt know how to shrink it

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Pull the axle and stuff a rag in it with a ziplock or something around it. Watch your gear lube level..that's what I would do if I had to go somewhere.

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Yea, I would pull it if you can. If it catches while you're driving it could be really bad.

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but it is the outer stub...isnt that what holds the wheel on? if i pull the axle how will the front wheel stay attached? Sorry if that is a dumb question?

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No you will not lose your wheel. The wheel is held on by the unit bearing. The Axle shaft just runs through the unit bearing. Once you get it apart you can see what everyone is talking about.


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but it is the outer stub...isnt that what holds the wheel on? if i pull the axle how will the front wheel stay attached? Sorry if that is a dumb question?
On the JK you don't need the outer stub as the unit bearing is a self-contained piece. On TJs and everything else you do, but not the JK. I drove mine around for a few weeks with no outers, so don't worry.

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On the JK you don't need the outer stub as the unit bearing is a self-contained piece. On TJs and everything else you do, but not the JK. I drove mine around for a few weeks with no outers, so don't worry.
wish i would have known that 2 weeks ago...i have been letting it sit and walking or getting rids since it broke...thanks for the 411

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Up until today you said you needed an outer stub shaft. Only today you posted a pic then after everyone telling you that you really shouldn't be driving it did you realize the severity of the issue. If you would have posted that pic the first day you would have had it yanked out by now.

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Up until today you said you needed an outer stub shaft. Only today you posted a pic then after everyone telling you that you really shouldn't be driving it did you realize the severity of the issue. If you would have posted that pic the first day you would have had it yanked out by now.

just saying.
Fair enough :-).....i was told by the guy who helps me fix it, that I needed the outer shaft and I didn't know you could drive it without it but I never saw the carnage until this weekend. And until you guys said I didn't need it I had never heard of a vehicle that didn't need it to hold the wheel on

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As far as the wheel bearing is concerned. The 2wd and the 4x4 bearing call for the same part number in the parts catalog. It's my understanding that there is no sort of dummy stub on the 2wds, and that the "stub holding the bearing together" is a rumor.

Friend of mine ran about 70,000 miles on a 4x4 silverado without the front axles, that "held the bearing together"

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Terri you really need to quit tearing your rig up on the street. that is what the trails are for.

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ok so if i had the tools, the knowledge and the space i could pull the axle and drive it without further damage....but i live in a apartment, dont have jack stands tall enough, and would be doing it in my covered parking space by myself figure it as i go.....how much longer could i drive it the way it is before i ruin the dif with a wobbly axle?

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ok so if i had the tools, the knowledge and the space i could pull the axle and drive it without further damage....but i live in a apartment, dont have jack stands tall enough, and would be doing it in my covered parking space by myself figure it as i go.....how much longer could i drive it the way it is before i ruin the dif with a wobbly axle?
Man, people do it in the middle of a rocky trail with the Jeep far from stable, so you won't get very much sympathy as far as doing it in a parking lot goes.

There is no magic algorithm for how long it will last or what exactly it will tear up. But if you drive it and it does fail further, surely let us know.

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Been a while since I did this so here goes and I am not liable for your mistakes.

Remove wheel
Remove axle nut (may have to remove center cap from wheel and put wheel back on for levearage)
remove wheel speed sensor
remove caliper
remove axle shaft
stuff rag in hole
install in reverse order

I think you need a 35 or 36 mm socket for the axleshaft though. Good investment for trail repair. I think 13mm for unit bearing bolts. 15 minute job max.

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To add to the above.

If you are woried about the jeep on the jack, shove the removed wheel and tire under the pumpkin and set the axle back down on it.


I've done the whole process on the trail in about 20 min.

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