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Old 03-31-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Front Axle Bend

Question Please:- How to know if my front axle is bend!?? The Agency said its slightly bend but I have never noticed that!

Then I took it to another shop which is specialized in modifying wranglers & they said it seems to be fine..
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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Don't know about the bend in your axle but how about some pics of those tires/wheels from the side.

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Don't know about the bend in your axle but how about some pics of those tires/wheels from the side.
here are some pics...
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You ever align it? Check camber. Excessive camber could indicate a bend
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:18 AM   #5
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You ever align it? Check camber. Excessive camber could indicate a bend
I did align it, will check the Excessive camber, thx.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:45 AM   #6
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Hi Kyakobi,

I see that you have fitted 35" tires on a 2.5" lift. Did you have to use any spacers? Did you feel any loss of power? Do you advise I do the same?

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:44 AM   #7
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Your JK looks really nice OP!!!
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #8
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Very nice. I think you can buy some kits to strengthen your axle, it's a good idea with 35 inch tires in the desert. I drive in deserts a lot and the front end gets a lot of force put on it hitting a steep dune or coming over a sharp dune. I was going to get the "artek" (?) Kit when I considered 33s on my sport. Maybe it's good for 35s on a Rubicon.
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You can park it on a level surface and use an angle finder to check and see how bad the bend is. Ideally both axle tubes should read the same measurement, even if the ground is not perfectly level.

Just simply lay the angle finder on the same axis on each tube and record your data. You only need to take measurements from the bottom and from the front/back (depending on what you can get to the best).
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What is this "agency"? A dealership? Unless you jumped your jeep or did something stupid it isn't going to bend. Sounds to me like the dealership has no clue what they are talking about, especially if a 4x4 shop said its fine
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What is this "agency"? A dealership? Unless you jumped your jeep or did something stupid it isn't going to bend. Sounds to me like the dealership has no clue what they are talking about, especially if a 4x4 shop said its fine
I've heard of a couple people who've never reinforced their axles and have slightly bent them doing a lot of regular wheeling. Over time regular wheeling could potentially bend axles, but it's rare with 35"s.

Does your jeep pull either way? Pulling is a good sign, especially if you just aligned your jeep.
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Don't know about the bend in your axle but how about some pics of those tires/wheels from the side.
I've always liked the BFG tread pattern. They ran great on my F250. Excellent wear pattern. The only downfall seemed to be the sidewall. They always seemed a bit flimsy when I was a tire tech in a previous life. Then again, things may have changed somewhat in the last 20 years.
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The easiest way to find a bend tube is the axle seal will start leaking. Same for an axle shaft. If it's a flange that's bent, the wheel will wobble. It will wobble as well with a bent shaft. I have managed to not bend one so far on my JK. I was very hard on an old Bronco that I bent axles on a couple of times.

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The easiest way to find a bend tube is the axle seal will start leaking. Same for an axle shaft. If it's a flange that's bent, the wheel will wobble. It will wobble as well with a bent shaft. I have managed to not bend one so far on my JK. I was very hard on an old Bronco that I bent axles on a couple of times.

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According to this logic if you have a leaking seal then you have a bent tube. Not sure how you bend a shaft though.
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Shafts bend too sometimes. I have eaten way too many in a previous life. Metalurgy comes into play. If the shaft is not the same properties from the core to outside and then from splines to the flange (or yoke).

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