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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2001, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Axle Breakage

I have wheeled my Samurai for years and I might add very hard at times. Yes, I have had my share of broken axles. Especially running 33"s. I had a first this weekend. I have always broke the left side axles both front and rear. This has usually happened when my right foot got to heavy. Well this weekend I broke a right side axle and it really suprised me. I wasn't even driving that hard. It didn't even sound right when it broke. You know that sound! It almost sounded like my locker popping rather than a .22 cal. Here is the question. Has anyone else broke the short side axles? I just replaced all my axles not to long ago. I need to know did I purchase some sub-standard axles. This really suprised me. Yeah! for once I went wheeling where the Samurais out numbered the CJs.

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Re: Axle Breakage

How old is the right side? Was it replaced with a used shaft?

Maybe it's just time that the right went? From what I understand, it's usually the left, but it doesn't rule out the right.

Might be time to go to Chromoly shafts, or a hybrid Full-Floater. The Chromoly shafts are like $120 each, more that twice a used one, but maybe that strength is what you need with the 33's. I twisted the end of my left one with just 31's locked. Now that I'm 33, I might consider the chromoly ones too!

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Re: Axle Breakage

That was a new axles less than a year old. They are from Napa.
I will upgrade to the new Calmini axles when I run out of spares. I think upgrading to the Hybrids is overkill. I even bought some Dana 44s then changed my mind and sold them. I wheel pretty hard and have broke five axles in six years. I think that increased strength of the Calmini axles are plenty. and a lot cheaper than a 1000.00 rear end. A majority of anyones axle breaks on the rear are caused when they hit the throttle and bounce the rear end and forget to let off the gas.
I would still like to hear from someone that has broke the right side rear axle and find out what they were doing when it broke.

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