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Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

I had a previous post about the crap quality of the dana 35c that comes in the newer jeeps. Well i have a newer jeep with this crap axle. My question is, if your axle breaks out in the woods, how do you get your rig out of the woods and onto either a tow truck or a trailer? I guess I would like some educated opinions on how to salvage the wreckage. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

From what I've seen on here people use a log for a ski and drag it out. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

1. Your choices are slim...
2. Remove the wheel and broken axle shaft and drag the Jeep out.
3. Build a skid and drag the Jeep out.
4. Or, think...
5. Try,
a. Jack up the rear axle
b. Push the wheel back into place.
c. Get small tree about ten feet long and cut it down/delimb it.
d. Wedge the tree up into the rocker guard,
e. Pass it over the center of the tire,
f. An out to the back of the Jeep.
g. Pull the end of that tree back to the bumper,
h. And this puts pressure on the tire.
i. Strap another smaller branch to the bumper.
k. This keeps the bigger branch in place.
l. Keep the tire/axle well lubricated,
m perhpas putting a wood bearin in the wheel would help.
n. But you can make it out in three wheel drive if,
o. You're careful,
p. You keep it lubed,
q. The trail ain't too agressive.
r. And you keep pushing the wheel back in...
s. Several feet of 5/16" looped cable and wood will also double for the trees..
t. It's kinder to mother nature.
6. Me, I think it's smarter to carry a spare,
7. And not so agressivly wheel where you're braking and sattering parts.
8. In any case, it will be slow going...
9. But hey, it a challange that can be overcome!
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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

[img]images/graemlins/censor.gif[/img]This is how you get a Jeep with a Dana 35 out of the woods. :
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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

I've seen it done: Strip down your Hi-lift. take the bar, place it across the tire paralell to the ground at the hight of the axle, use cinch straps or rope it off to the frame. Thus you are holding the tire, brakes and hub to the axle shaft. Lube up the sidewall and be very careful. Keep lubing. You will ruin the side wall of your tire but at this point a $100-150 tire is cheap compared to your new axle...

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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

i went with the 2wd option....i drove home in front wheel drive (thankfully it was only a few blocks) constantly checkking to make sure the shaft and tire we're sliding out. and rear end went "clunk clunk clunk" alll the way home....

still sitting on blocks in my drive way....Andy, Jeeper99XJ is having his buddy weld up a ford 8.8 for me..Wooohooo! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] never again will that happen (i hope)....now i gotta get rid of that d30 in the front....

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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

One that amazed teh [bleep] out of me:

Dumb drunk guy, romping the gas in a mud hole. blows out his spider gears.... lietrally! blows tehm thru teh diff cover. now there are two nice hole inthe cover and his left wheel is walking out the axle tube. He's dumping oil and crap all of the place. I think to myself.. "Self, we got to go!" no point in sticking around these idiots! Gears flying thru the air and all. Ends up they jacked it up pushed the tire and axle back in, pulled the diff cover and fished a few zip ties around the c-clip groove in the axle and fished them out the cover and ziptied the axle like that. AND DROVE HOME!

OK, It's not a D35 story, and it didn't involve the axle breaking but it still amazes the crap out of me that they did that! and maybe some one here will need that idea one day....
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Re: Getting out of the woods with a broken axle?

Those are all very fine Ideas, But what about.. Leaveing your Jeep there for a few hours, going and getting a replacement axel, fixing it and driving out. I realize that some times that will just not work. But I have been on a few trips that resulted in rigs being left overnight. Depending on where you are wheeling, that is often the easiest way to fix the problem. It works for most of the places I wheel.
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