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Old 08-26-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Broke rear D44 shaft and front locker not working

Well the Jeep I am buying just got back from the rubicon. Last day there on Cadillac Hill it broke a rear axle shaft and for some reason just before it broke the front locker quit locking. He got it off the trail in 4 high and on to a flatbed. I pick it up tomorrow and am taking it to a shop to get checked out. I am guessing I will put some 4340 axles in the back as long as the housing and carrier is not messed up. The front locker is an unknown till they figure out what is wrong. He gave me a big discount on the jeep to fix the problems. But what do you think a shaft replacement ought to cost.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Are you looking for parts or labor? You can get some nice chromo shafts for about 500 bucks, superior makes some good stuff i hear.

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Old 08-26-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Where (ref the axle shaft) did the failure occur?
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:01 AM   #4
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I won't know until tomorrow. I am taking it to Off Road Evolution and have Mel do the teardown. I will know a lot more then. And yeah I would like superiors in the back and rcv's in the front.
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How well do you know the seller? Sounds like he knew it was the last hurrah and just wheeled the piss out of it.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:06 AM   #6
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I've known him since he bought it new in 04. He always babied it. This is it's first break. He was so upset he took off a bunch of money off the deal. He was broken hearted. It was his baby. I ended up buying Superior Discovery axles for 400 bucks. Comes with a 10 year warranty. Looks like the front locker is only a loose air hose. I am replacing all the drive shafts with new Spicer U joints while it is down. And I found out it has a double cardan in the rear. Good start.
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When did they get off the trail? I went in from Loon Lake on Friday and came out Cadillac on Monday morning. the only carnage we saw was at Loon Lake staging ( Granite Slabs ) where a red TJ had a blown driver side rear axle shaft. I doubt it was the same TJ since this was at Loon Lake.

The only other TJ Rubicon I saw was at the Springs when they drove by us... had a silver Comanche in their small group.. that was Sunday.

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