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Join Date: May 2003
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Re: Help needed - rookie moves on 8.8 swap costing me
Sounds like that short side tube may have been bent prior to axle removal. The strength of the axle probabaly kept it from showing it's true colors until you pulled the shaft.
Plus, if the housing is bent, the shaft could also be bent depending on how this came to be in the first place. I doubt torching off the brackets caused the problem.
If you have the $$, buy another housing locally and have the 4.10s put into it. This will cover you if both the axle shaft and housing are bent. I personally would stay away from replacing the tube. You still have to find and purchase the part, plus the labor to replace it, hjopefully not to find that the shaft is bent too.
Don't sell the Jeep, it's the end of the summer wheeling season, so keeping it around now won't hurt any worse than going a summer without. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]