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Unread 08-27-2012, 05:28 AM   #30706
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Finally replaced my front axle u joints with the help of a club member. The driver side wasnt too bad but the passenger side brought us into day 2. The hub assembly just didnt want to budge. We even tried the trick told in numerous write ups. But after a total 5-6 hours of banging it as well as a few of my fingers, it started to break free.

Oh yeah, dont ever buy the non spricer u joints from Qtec. The worst, cheapest POSs Ive ever seen. Wish I just went with the duralasts in the first place(spicers were back ordered and I needed to fix it), the duralasts were actually pretty decent looking/feeling

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Unread 08-27-2012, 06:06 AM   #30707
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The hub assembly just didnt want to budge. We even tried the trick told in numerous write ups. But after a total 5-6 hours of banging it as well as a few of my fingers, it started to break free.
Been there, done that, and it's one of the 2 main reasons that when I get my Jeep the way I like it the front axle will be a spindle & bearings type (the other being locking hubs.) I've butted heads with a few members over the benefits vs drawbacks of both styles, and their biggest point in favor of unit bearings is how quickly you can replace them. I'm not in a race, and I'll take something that can be serviced even if it takes longer.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 06:11 AM   #30708
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Being that theres over 210k miles and these were the originals up here in new england, I didnt expect them to just fall out. But now I believe next time will be much easier. I think the nicest thing about them being a quick job is so you dont hold up everyone else on the trail when you break them. One guy in my club had his back on the trail in about 20 minutes
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Unread 08-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #30709
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Unread 08-27-2012, 08:42 AM   #30710
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Wheeled it pretty late last night. First time night time wheeling. Got stuck in some mud down a trail (high centered) had to get pulled out by a jk rubicon wasn't thrilled about it.... I was the only YJ there... But thank god I wasn't the only one to get stuck! The pics are of us meeting at a gas station before we went out, a small but steep hill climb, and one of the trail...
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Unread 08-27-2012, 08:58 AM   #30711
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Wheeled it pretty late last night. First time night time wheeling. Got stuck in some mud down a trail (high centered) had to get pulled out by a jk rubicon wasn't thrilled about it.... I was the only YJ there... But thank god I wasn't the only one to get stuck! The pics are of us meeting at a gas station before we went out, a small but steep hill climb, and one of the trail...
Sucks you had to get pulled out, but I bet night riding was was interesting, caked on mud looks cool in the moonlight. Ever go when it's pouring rain at night?
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Unread 08-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #30712
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Sucks you had to get pulled out, but I bet night riding was was interesting, caked on mud looks cool in the moonlight. Ever go when it's pouring rain at night?
I have its a blast. Did it last night. Tried to attach a pic but its taking to long to upload. It poured last night and made the mud like snot.

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Unread 08-27-2012, 09:37 AM   #30713
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I finally got to get a good look at the Jeep to assess the damage from last weekend. Leaking water pump, leaking rear main, knocking from clutch/flywheel, broken rear exhaust hanger, tweaked driver side front bumper, right front caliper is leaking, and the power steering has hard spots. So I'm trailering it home today, along with my toolbox, and when I get home from working on airport ground support equipment all day long I'll dive into the Jeep. I don't regret one bit the fun I had that resulted in it being all banged up LOL

First thing will be to borrow a pressure washer and clean the underside. I hate dirt falling my eyes & ears! (A mouthful of dirt isn't as bad LOL)
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:08 AM   #30714
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I finally got to get a good look at the Jeep to assess the damage from last weekend. Leaking water pump, leaking rear main, knocking from clutch/flywheel, broken rear exhaust hanger, tweaked driver side front bumper, right front caliper is leaking, and the power steering has hard spots. So I'm trailering it home today, along with my toolbox, and when I get home from working on airport ground support equipment all day long I'll dive into the Jeep. I don't regret one bit the fun I had that resulted in it being all banged up LOL

First thing will be to borrow a pressure washer and clean the underside. I hate dirt falling my eyes & ears! (A mouthful of dirt isn't as bad LOL)
What did you do to cause so much damage?
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:10 AM   #30715
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drove to school doorless in the rain again lol. my door fell off where it was hanging and landed on a snow plow blade... broke the window frame right off so now i have no doors
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #30716
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What did you do to cause so much damage?
I think he was the telephone pole that Ruthole ran into.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 10:57 AM   #30717
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Put 4.88's in this weekend. Wow what a difference. Can't wait to wheel it next weekend. Thanks to sinner for doing the install. Saved me a bunch of money.
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you will love it until you try to drive on the hwy ... welcome to the slow lane
Not true for me. On the 33's I was able to use 5th gear again. I'll have to see on the 35's.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 11:03 AM   #30718
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Not true for me. On the 33's I was able to use 5th gear again. I'll have to see on the 35's.
from what I read, 33s 2.5L and 4.88 is the primo setup with stock trans. Did I understand that correctly?
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Unread 08-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #30719
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from what I read, 33s 2.5L and 4.88 is the primo setup with stock trans. Did I understand that correctly?
Primo when talking about the AX-5 may be pushing it a little
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Unread 08-27-2012, 11:07 AM   #30720
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I think he was the telephone pole that Ruthole ran into.
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