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Unread 09-23-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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U-Bolt like knife on Axle

Rear axle on this 89' YJ, with Dana 35, and 2.5" skyjack lift. Center pin went out and was replaced, but appears damage done. What to do??? New axle/rear-end??? This appears more than a fillet weld fix on the passenger side. Know plenty of capable welders.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Oh, forgot to upload the pics "bad" and "worse"...
bad2.jpg   worse.jpg  
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Unread 09-23-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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Oh, forgot to upload the pics "bad" and "worse"...
Good time for an 8.8
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Unread 09-23-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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Wow, I have never seen that happen before and I have worked in this industry for years !

I also agree time more a 8.8 !
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Unread 09-23-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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There are more than a few Dana 35's floating around the Bay Area. I'm sure you'll find one
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Unread 09-23-2013, 11:40 PM   #6
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Oh, forgot to upload the pics "bad" and "worse"...
Holy crap, that's weired. Ditto on the 8.8 :-)
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Unread 09-24-2013, 06:28 AM   #7
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I want to see pics of after those U bolts are taken off..
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Unread 09-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #8
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There are plenty of people asking 200 bones for one.. Craziness.. What hear ratio do you have?

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Unread 09-24-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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You have done the unusual!
I asked around work and NO ONE has heard of this happening before. Snapping u-bolts, cracking axle housings...but never strangling it like that.

Ditto on the after pics, This I have to see.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 11:59 AM   #10
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The axle housing tube is not that thick. So some of this has to be the Ubolt being thinned. Cause as it is now you would ahve pinched off that end like a turd
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Unread 09-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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Bizarro World for sure.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #12
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Wow indeed. I suppose though, in a stock spring-under arrangement, the ubolts are doing all the supporting of the Jeep. If they get loose, and the axle starts twisting a bit back and forth with every start and stop... Still wow though.

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Unread 09-24-2013, 04:10 PM   #13
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Strange, I posted in this thread last night and now it's not there.

Anyhow, like Anticanman said you should be able to find another D35 in the bay for next to nothing. I sold mine (with everything in it new) for $75. But I'd start looking for an 8.8
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Unread 09-25-2013, 10:32 PM   #14
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Been working like to much since I posted this... Great to see all the posts. I did have a crazy thought of just welding the u-bolt in place just for fun... Ok, just kidding. Time to start shopping. I'll post the pics with out the u-bolt once I get there.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 07:34 PM   #15
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I opened up the axle case to find info on my gear ratio. It's a 3.07 (43-13). Initial inspection has one of the spider gears pitted, but only one.
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