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Old 04-12-2016, 07:26 AM
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Yukon Axles

I have a line on full set of Chromoly Yukon Axles for the Rubicon that will hopefully be in my driveway this week. The question(s) I have:

1) Installation - Probably more in-depth than I want to be. Labor hours estimate if I were to take it to a shop?
2) Anything more to do with these? Sleeve them, maybe? Any good kits for this?
3) Trail spares (space is limited in the 2-door, so I'd rather sleeve the new than keep the old if that mitigates my risk significantly) or sell the old? What should I expect to get back for a full set of Rubicon axle innards with less than 100 miles on them?
4) Anything in particular I should know or consider before going this route? The Rubi is going to be my daily driver and offroad fun car, but for now the trails won't be too ridiculously challenging because I'm not lifting or going to larger tires. Armor first, then bumpers, then tires and lift.

Sorry if this is something that's been beaten to death, the search function here is non-func for some reason for me, and it's not in the common tech questions FAQ, so don't me for it...

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Really? Zero responses??? I would've thought the regulars would be all over this one.

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As far as time, thats anybody guess. Depends on year, milage, rust etc. maybe 2-3 hours with no setbacks.

Have you added upper C Gussets yet?
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As far as time, thats anybody guess. Depends on year, milage, rust etc. maybe 2-3 hours with no setbacks.

Have you added upper C Gussets yet?
No gussets yet, will be taking delivery on a new Rubicon Saturday with 10 miles on the clock. Round trip for me to get these axles will be ~150 miles, so with a drive to the shop here I'll probably have ~200 miles on the stock setup.

I've heard that adding gussets I'll likely need new wheel bearings since the heat from welding can cause them to go bad. True / plausible?

Any thoughts on sleeving chromoly? Not necessary or nice to have? If I can avoid the need for trail spares, that saves me a good chunk of available space for tools and trail gear, and bonus I'll be able to sell off the stock axles.

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No gussets yet, will be taking delivery on a new Rubicon Saturday with 10 miles on the clock. Round trip for me to get these axles will be ~150 miles, so with a drive to the shop here I'll probably have ~200 miles on the stock setup.

I've heard that adding gussets I'll likely need new wheel bearings since the heat from welding can cause them to go bad. True / plausible?

Any thoughts on sleeving chromoly? Not necessary or nice to have? If I can avoid the need for trail spares, that saves me a good chunk of available space for tools and trail gear, and bonus I'll be able to sell off the stock axles.

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Axle sleeves and chromoly shafts really don't have any effect on each other, though they both help make a stronger axle. Sleeves strengthen the axle tubes to help keep them from bending. Chromoly shafts are stronger than stock to handle greater rotational stress caused by larger tires and/or off-roading. In the case of the rear shafts (which are weight bearing) the flanges are also stronger to help prevent bending.
C gussets will have no effect on your wheel bearing life. Even if they are still on the Jeep when the gussets are installed (will be removed for sleeving) they're not close enough to the heat to be damaged. Ball joints are another story. Careful heat management can help save them. I installed gussets with 20 mi on my '15. I checked the ball joints 2 weeks ago with over 13k mi and they're still good.
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