Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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I\'m back up running at 110%!!
With the help of Yankee Bob and his bro (Yankee Mike), my Sammy is back up and running, and better than before. Long story short, my axle tube was bent, causing my locker to sheer all 4 pins and shatter a side coupler.
I searched for a solution. First was build my own hybrid, but all they yards wanted $200+ just for a tracker tube. Too much and I would still have to build it.
Second was buying a hybrid tube. Cost for that were ~$300, but I had to supply cores (or pay the price).
So remembering what I saw during the Easter Jeep Safari, I called Spidertrax. They have the new "Sidewinder" axle tubes. They cost $499. A bit more than what I wanted to spend, but I did it anyway.
Why did I spend $500 for a tube? It's 1/4" thru-out. The tubes are 1/4"+ thick DOM. The housing is all plate, 1/4" thick thru-out (1/2" thick where the diff bolt on). It accepts Kick rear chunks, of which I have 3 brand new ones in 5.12.
I will NOT bend this, ever. Now with the Calmini HD Moly axles in it, I think 35"s are in order. Guess I need to start saving for a hybrid front axle.
I installed a spidertrax traction bar. It's working. Went out last night with Bob on a very gnarly local trail to test it out. Both the axle and the traction bar worked flawlessly.
Off to GON ZOOKIN'! I want to see what I can/can't break