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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2003, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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stock rear axle shaft breakers

which side did you break i twisted the splines recientally on the short side and was wondering if it is usually the first to go

i should be picking up a set of toys this month tring to decide weather to put them under this samurai or build a buggy with the toy axles (i am getting toy axles drivelines t case and tranny)
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

The Short side will usually go first
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

I snapped the Lt rear (long) side 3 weekends ago with a spool in the rear and 32's. Bouncing on a ledge trying to get it to grab going up. Spectator said I was still on the gas when I came down and all the torque was sent to that one Lt rear wheel. KER-POW! Nothing sound like an axle shapping in the morning.
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

I also had twisted the splines on the short side. I was surprised that the short side is the one that twisted first(welded rear end) just thought that the long side would have twisted before the short axle would??
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

The long shaft has more shaft to twist and flex and is therfore more forgiving. Odds are for the short one to go.
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

The last axle I broke was when I was in West Virginia. And it was a long side rear axle that let go for no reason. I was just slowly and easily crawling through a little rock pile, and all of a sudden, SNAP! It pissed me off, because there was NO reason for it to break there. It was just from fatigue, I guess. That axle had been in there for about 5 years, and it snapped right at the splines, a beautiful spiral fracture.

Before that, I broke both rear axles at the same time, along with both sidegears, and the ring and pinion. I somehow managed to drive another 200 highway miles with 1-wheel-drive and then fixed it. The only thing that didn't break was the EZ Locker.

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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

So far I've busted 3 axles/birfs on mine. The first one was a long side birf at Hollister. The second was a long side shaft and the third was the short side birf both in the Little Sluice less than a minute apart. This is all with no birf rings running 34x10.5 TSL's.

I haven't busted any rear shafts yet though.
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

I have found that either side breaks as easily as the other. No difference, they all break under 33"s.
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

Tim, you put the Calmini rear axle shafts in didn't you?
How are they holding up?
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Re: stock rear axle shaft breakers

I just twisted the long side shaft, but haven't taken the short one out to inspect it yet. I'll do that before I get much further, I'd hate to twist one off unexpectedly.
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