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Old 02-05-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy im a moron and now im paying for it. Front axle housing...

i live in GA and as you many have saw on the news we had some snow and ice and i thought it would be fun to take the TJ out for some fun. found a icy parking lot and tried some doughnuts... was not complete ice so i lost traction/gained traction that she started to lean for a good roll over. so i did what i could and let jesus take the wheel. took me sideways into a pole only striking my tire.

now my lower arm bracket was ripped off, got that welded back which moved the front axle over into place butttt my tire is still crooked leaning in at the top and normal at the bottom. iv been told i bent the housing but i really dont see a bend.. is there any other thing it could be with the tire because i dont have money for another housing????

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Old 02-05-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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Uh, that sure sounds like a bent housing. It sounds like it may be bent badly enough that adjustable ball joints, which can counteract minor camber angle problems, may not take care of it. Used Dana 30 axles aren't expensive, that is one fix. Though some axle repair shops can straighten a bent axle housing. A buddy of mine had a bent axle in his CJ and an axle shop fixed it in an hour... but the axle was out of the Jeep.

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Uh, that sure sounds like a bent housing. It sounds like it may be bent badly enough that adjustable ball joints, which can counteract minor camber angle problems, may not take care of it. Used Dana 30 axles aren't expensive, that is one fix. Though some axle repair shops can straighten a bent axle housing. A buddy of mine had a bent axle in his CJ and an axle shop fixed it in an hour... but the axle was out of the Jeep.

from what iv been told and read there is no fixing it will ball joints. i have considered replacing the whole axle without swapping the guts by finding one on a junk yard jeep. but after a couple calls only one i found with the same gear ratio was 1500. is there anywhere else i can look?
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Could be a bent C but that doesn't make the fix any easier. Got any pictures?
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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Could be a bent C but that doesn't make the fix any easier. Got any pictures?


not right now but i can take some and upload them tomorrow. i do not know a whole lot about the axle but all i could tell is the C at the top is closer to the spring on the side that got hit
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Check Craiglist... FWIW- we've all done stupid stuff one time or another...
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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Great time to swap in a HP30 as they are cheap. Getting it regeared will be the most expensive part.
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Be happy that it's only the axle, and a relatively inexpensive one at that. Could have been a lot worse.

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