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spun an axle tube, now what?

Amc 20HD out of a wagoneer. The side with the the traction bar stayed put while the pumpkin and other tube rotated upward. What can i do to fix this? can i just rotate the pumpkin back to original orientation and reweld the tube back in place? am i going to have to pull the axle?
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Re: spun an axle tube, now what?

Usually something else bends and/or breaks when this happens but you got nothing to lose by trying to put it back straight and weld. No locker/posi to risk ... right?
How did you get this to happen .... how did the drive line fare? E-brake cables, brake lines? spring center bolt? Sure the diff isn't blown & locked one axle?
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Re: spun an axle tube, now what?

I'm kind of suprised to here it did that. That axle should have plug welds in the housing holding the tubes in place. Did those welds break?

Anyway, I agree with GTB. Put it back and try it.


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Re: spun an axle tube, now what?

I agree, weld and give it a try.

However, this is a perfect example of why not to use traction bars that connect at the leaf spring. Throw them away.

When you are under acceleration, the pumpkin is what is trying to twist up...the axle tubes take all of that twisting motion.....a traction bar at the spring means your depending on the axle tube to hold....bad idea.

You need a traction bar on the pumpkin...keep it pointed in the right direction and you put a lot less stress on the axle tubes. In reality, they only need to be strong enough to hold the weight of the jeep when you park the pumpkin on a rock.
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Re: spun an axle tube, now what?

Here's a quick update, sorry took so long, still waiting for internet to get hooked up at my apartment. I just spun the pumpkin back down into place and welded it back up, havent had any problems with it, and driven it on a 300 mile trip. My traction bar is welded right beside the pumpkin, just not directly on it. I guess we'll just see how long it last, I already have a spare housing waiting just in case.
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