Originally Posted by dave_dj1
every time i've seen the straps break, so did one or more of those pesky little 8mm bolts that hold it to the yoke, not a trail fix! i had to drive home in front wheel and then take the yoke off, weld some washers over the broken remains in the yoke, then weld a nut to the washer and unscrew what was left......i have to have a front strap break though.
I started to carry pinion yokes for that same reason. We our club had similar problems this summer. It is pretty easy to just change out the yoke on the trail. It is a good idea to grind a little grove into the pinion nut and a matching mark on the pinion. That way you can get the pinion pre-load right back to where it was. This works for my D44s, but I am not sure what you do if you have axle with crush sleeves.
Then later at home, I have had good luck of putting the pinion in a vise and using small chisels to back the broken bolt out of the threads. Maybe I just have been lucky.