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Old 09-19-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Plz advice 2012 front axle is leaking oil

Guys i need ur advice, i have a 2012 jk sport S, which has only 1300 miles on it, i was sand duning and i jumped 5 feet off gnd, the car landed on the front wheels first which caused the front axle shafts ( L & R) to be bent and leaked oil from ctr + front shield was multiple cracked. I honestly did not expect such quality.
- Smebody tell me plz is this normal? Nissan patrol and toyota lc 70 did it without problems.
- Do u think the dealer will fix these problems under warranty?
- If i needed to replace The front axle, should i just upgrade to dnan 44 with lockers? Mine doesn't have lockers.
- can i find brand new front axle cheaper?

Thank you guys, a little confused.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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Your going to need a new axle assembly. From the factory they are not built to take abuse like that. Go with a D44 and build it correctly with axle gussets and stronger axles. Just a heads up, your going to get flamed. This is a tough crowd. BTW welcome to the forums.
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You jumped your Jeep! These things are not made for that, they are made to go slow over rocks. As for the repairs, I think you are going to be out of pocket for them. To me it sounds like you need a new axle housing. Also you are possibly going to need new control arms, suspension components, new steering, all assuming that these are bent. Good Luck and keep us updated!
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This thread might be as good as the "how to do a burnout" thread was. Dealer took care of that guys broken transmission.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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don't waste your time buying a new d44 and sleeving/gussetting. buy a tera44/prorock44/ or go even bigger to a pr60 or tera crd60. you can jump those no problem
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Your going to need a new axle assembly. From the factory they are not built to take abuse like that. Go with a D44 and build it correctly with axle gussets and stronger axles. Just a heads up, your going to get flamed. This is a tough crowd. BTW welcome to the forums.
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gussets will not stop the tube from bending...the tubes are the same on a d44 and a d30. no real upgrade there for his purposes.
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JKs are very good on dunes stock. Part of driving on sand dunes is to go fast enough to avoid being high-centered on a sharp dune, but not so fast you go airborne. Everyone does this by mistake at times, though, I usually go airborne once a week, but not much, just centimeters.

We cross large numbers of sharp dunes this with stock JKs all day, many days a week, and they stand up very well, and have better mobility than the Toyotas (except FJ or swb Land Cruiser which are equal) and Patrols (except the rare swb model which are equal). So the JK is fine, you can keep it stock and just be a little careful if you don't want to spend money. I'm not kidding, man people in Saudi do maybe 8 hours 100% dune driving per week with stock JKs.
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Clorporate 14 bolt or Rockwell converted to steer axle is what you need!!Cheap
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You jumped your Jeep! These things are not made for that, they are made to go slow over rocks. As for the repairs, I think you are going to be out of pocket for them. To me it sounds like you need a new axle housing. Also you are possibly going to need new control arms, suspension components, new steering, all assuming that these are bent. Good Luck and keep us updated!
I honestly did not want to fly that high, i guess i was a little too excited.
The mechanic said the car needs new axle housing only as everything elso is ok.
I guess i will fix everything to a brand new condition and sell it to the dealer so i will stick to the dana 30 since they are cheaper and does not require modifications, then buy a new jk that is auto with dana 44 and diff locks from jeep.
But that is sure will cost me some cash
Anyone knows a new front axle housing that i can get cheaper?
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BTW welcome to the forums.
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I honestly did not want to fly that high, i guess i was a little too excited.
The mechanic said the car needs new axle housing only as everything elso is ok.
I guess i will fix everything to a brand new condition and sell it to the dealer so i will stick to the dana 30 since they are cheaper and does not require modifications, then buy a new jk that is auto with dana 44 and diff locks from jeep.
But that is sure will cost me some cash
Anyone knows a new front axle housing that i can get cheaper?
The axle tubes on the Dana 44 are not any stronger than the ones on the Dana 30; Therefore( don't we just love that word!!) You still will not be able to do 5' high jumps. In order to do that kind of stuff, you need some seroius heavy duty suspension under your rig. Then I wouldn't make any bets as to how long frame and other components will hold up. NOW do we wonder why MOPAR will not warranty for "offroad use"!!!
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i will be selling my d30 VERY soon. it will be complete minus brakes w/ 3.73's.
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This thread might be as good as the "how to do a burnout" thread was.
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JKs are very good on dunes stock. Part of driving on sand dunes is to go fast enough to avoid being high-centered on a sharp dune, but not so fast you go airborne. Everyone does this by mistake at times, though, I usually go airborne once a week, but not much, just centimeters.

We cross large numbers of sharp dunes this with stock JKs all day, many days a week, and they stand up very well, and have better mobility than the Toyotas (except FJ or swb Land Cruiser which are equal) and Patrols (except the rare swb model which are equal). So the JK is fine, you can keep it stock and just be a little careful if you don't want to spend money. I'm not kidding, man people in Saudi do maybe 8 hours 100% dune driving per week with stock JKs.
I did some wheeling in the sand dunes outside Dubai in my old TJ back in '04, and it was a blast! Just had to keep an eye out for other four-wheelers whenever we were about to "jump" a dune! Lots of traffic in all directions out there!

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