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Old 04-06-2010, 02:56 AM   #1
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Stump vs. axle - unexpected domino effect

Alrighty, so this happened...

I'm out driving through some logging trails. I see a new trail I had never been on (and don't plan on traversing again). This particular trail was clearly freshly made by the logging skid steer. The ruts were probably a good 10" deep with semi-long grass in the middle. We're cruising along at no more than 10mph in 2 wheel drive when I notice the ruts getting a little deeper. So I says to the co-pilot, "I think we should probably turn around." Immediately after we come to a abrupt stop. I knew right away what must have happened. Flashlight in hand, I crawled under to take a peek. Sure enough my front diff had found itself a stump. So I get back in and try to back off of it. Not happening so easily. This is when I realized I was in 2-wheel. So I grabbed my stick, but she didn't wanna move, not at all. Well eventually I rock it off the stump and manage to get in into 4-low, but it didn't want to stay there. So I climb back under, and notice a mysterious red fluid... Shined the flashlight up at the transfer case and noticed a good portion of it wasn't there. Sure enough, its laying over by the stump... Wonderful! Well, I have no choice but to turn around in these deep ruts, so I decide to abuse my already destroyed transfer case and try to get out. I managed to maneuverthe jeep out of the ruts and back to some normal dirt road (pulling my 4wd stick back into 4low with all my muscle the entire time. Now just as I get to some fairly flat ground I hear a little grinding and a clunk. So I jump out and access the situation in its entirety. By now, my transfer case had totally broken apart and the front driveshaft and its half of the case were just laying in the skidplate hanging by the chain. What the hell right? Come to notice, my brand new Rough Country leaf spring had bent to practically a 90 degree just bellow the hanger. So essentially what had happened when I hit the stump my axle pushed back, bending my leaf, and pushing my driveshaft back, which pushed against my t-case... Leaving me all smiles ... You can visually see my left front tire is back about 3-4 inches. I then proceeded to limp it home in 2-wheel drive with no fluid in my transfer case (because there wasn't much case left to hold any), gears fully exposed with the aid of some sort of divine miracle... (Yeah, I know, I'm a dumbass, but I really had no choice)

Anywho... Apart from sharing this gnarly story, I'm just curious to know if this has ever happened to anyone else before...

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:23 AM   #2
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I'm happy my front drive shaft has 3" of travel, Does your have any travel room? or is it just solid?

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:53 AM   #3
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yeah, its slip-shaft... I'd say its probably got about 2" of travel. Which, apperently, isn't quite enough...
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