Rear Passenger Side Tire Wobbling
Hey gang, I was trolling around looking for some info on my Suzuki Sidekick (sorry guys, it's the winter beater - although it may eventaully turn into a hobby off road beast!). I figured I'd try here since you guys are the enthusiasts, and would be generally more mechanically knowledgeable then the local parts guy.
So, my sister got into a bit of an accident with my Sidekick (it's a '90 2dr 4wd hardtop - no convertible), and took some damage to the rear passneger side wheel and bumper. The bumper is no big deal, and at first I thought the wheel was no big deal, or at least I had hoped it was no big deal. The problem is, that the wheel is wobbling - I've tried changing the wheel/tire and it still wobbles which leaves me to believe that there is a bent axle (recent research on this site points to the fact that the OEM rear axles are about as strong as toothpicks) so I went to the local scrap yard and got myself an entire rear end assembly from drum to drum - before my research. Looking over things now, I am going to guess that it may be easier to just try and replace the passenger side rear axle, but the practical side of me says to just replace the entire rear assembly in case there is other damage from the impact that I can't see.
For those who have replaced the entire rear assembly, how hard or easy did you find it? The vehicle has low kms (less than 100kms) but I don't think it has ever been undercoated (I've owned it for less than a year and haven't undercoated it as yet) so rusty bolts and brake lines may be an issue. I am mechanically inclined (my daily driver and fun machine is a VW Corrado so I am constantly fixing something) and was wondering experience wise, which would be more recommended - just try to replace the axle in question (is it cliped into the diff somehow?) or should I replace the entire rear end?
Sorry for the rant, and any and all responses are appreciated.