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Unread 04-21-2001, 02:38 PM   #1
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broke my first axle...

Well, I broke my first axle yesterday, the wheel fell off and every thing, killed the brakes, etc.,etc. I need advice on replacement axles. I have the dana 35c with a powertrax lock right Cost is my limiting factor, but i don't want anything weaker than stock.
thanks in advance.

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Unread 04-21-2001, 06:56 PM   #2
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What the ^*&( happened? Is this the axle you just got finished putting the locker in?
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Unread 04-21-2001, 10:37 PM   #3
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Sure is, fatigued axle, I guess. Oh well, I just need to find a quick replacement at a good price. This is my only vehicle. It is a dana 35c.passenger side
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Unread 04-21-2001, 11:40 PM   #4
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Man, you sure have had a run of bad luck lately! Honestly, I think your housing is bent dude! I suggested that when your spiders went. I'll contact you privately to see if I can't help you locate a shaft.
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Unread 04-22-2001, 12:22 AM   #5
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Wow!
That really sucks!!
I'd really check your tubes like Osburn said.

What size tires you running on your rig???
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Unread 04-22-2001, 02:46 AM   #6
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I had 2 local trans and diff shops check out the rear. They said it was straight. Is there any way that I can check my self? By the way It's a 2.5l w ax5 trans 4.11 stock gears and 31 x 10.50 bfg mud terrains on stock steel 5 spoke wheels. Add a leaves courtesy of 2 dead 89 dodge caravans (1.5 in lift rides like stock!)
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Unread 04-22-2001, 03:59 AM   #7
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The most common way to break the axle shaft is with a locker. Breaks the shaft right after the splines where the shaft tapers down to fit into the carrier. Happens when you hop a tire.

A friend broke his shaft the same way and like you it look out the brakes. The cheapest way to fix it is with salvaged parts. Otherwide you could get aftermarket shafts. Not the Super 35 kit but replacement shafts. They are about 30% stronger then stock. Or so they say. They harden the shafts deeper then Dana does. If you look at the shaft where the break is you can see the hardening isn't that deep.

Good luck with the repair.
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Unread 04-22-2001, 03:31 PM   #8
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I think Jeffy is talking about Superior Axles Super 35C kit.
It will give you much stronger shafts plus a detroit locker.

Only downside is that its about $1000 and for that price, you could nearly do an axle swap and have a much stronger setup.
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Unread 04-22-2001, 06:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of your help. It's nice to have people out there willing to help.

I'm trying to find salvage parts, but no luck finding a wrecked jeep in s/e michigan
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Unread 04-23-2001, 01:49 PM   #10
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Tonka & others,
The super 35 kit is a nice setup. I've been running it for some time and have never had an issue. That's not to say that I won't. The major downfall to the setup is you can't buy spare shafts without an act of God. I've been going round and round with Drivetrain Direct and Superior about this. The reason from Superior is because they won't split up the kit. Sounds like BS to me. Also, they say that they have never had a shaft break. Just bend. Well, I'm a sceptic and I'm going to continue to try and get a spare somehow. But I will say this, they really are as strong as they claim. I've done obsticles where D44's shatered and the my piss ant axle held together.
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Unread 04-23-2001, 01:59 PM   #11
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I cant afford even a new axle, I'm trying to find a used one with no luck so far. passenger side Dana 35 c-clip
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Unread 04-23-2001, 02:05 PM   #12
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here's drive train direct
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Unread 04-23-2001, 03:17 PM   #13
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Rusty's offroad sells factory style replacement shafts for the D35 that are supposed to be quite a bit stronger than factory. They are made by Superior Axle and can be found at:
http://rustysoffroad.com/driveline.html#Shafts

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Unread 04-24-2001, 02:53 AM   #14
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I'd ask someone who's gone with the Superior or Wark kit and see if they still have rigth shaft still intact.

There was a guy on ebay.com who was selling Dana 35c shafts. There was a left and a right so you don't have to buy both.
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Unread 04-24-2001, 12:16 PM   #15
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The only people that I know drive stock jeeps.
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