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post #1 of 37 Old 01-27-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hit a tree with my TJ

I won't go into the story behind it. Basically just hit a patch of ice and lost control and hit a tree. I'm not going through insurance because why bother? Anyway, it hit the front left tire and fender going about 30mph. Called the cops to report the accident, and then I drove it less than 5 miles back to home. I noticed along the way that the steering wheel was way off center. Got home and looked and the steering box is leaking all over everything. Since it hit the tire could the steering (tie rods, track bar, etc) have gotten messed up too? Also, could it have tweaked the axle position? This all just happened less than an hour ago so I have yet to really crawl under there and look. The most obvious thing is the steering box leak.











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post #2 of 37 Old 01-27-2009, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 37 Old 01-27-2009, 10:29 AM
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Time for a Durango box!!

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Time for a Durango box!!


I was thinking the same thing. I hope that's the only thing under there that's wrong.
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ur axle is definately outta wack right now! look at the lower control arm mount ouch!

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post #6 of 37 Old 01-27-2009, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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ur axle is definately outta wack right now! look at the lower control arm mount ouch!

Thanks for the eyes! I thought I noticed that, but I was in denial. Guess it's time for a new axle then.






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post #7 of 37 Old 01-27-2009, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the eyes! I thought I noticed that, but I was in denial. Guess it's time for a new axle then.
Maybe not. Depending on if anything else is damaged you could just get new LCA brackets.
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Yeah, I'll probably just do that and hope nothing else is wrong with the axle.
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thats one of them bumpers that come in like 3 pieces (ends come off) ain't it?? you think if they were there, they would have saved ya?

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thats one of them bumpers that come in like 3 pieces (ends come off) ain't it?? you think if they were there, they would have saved ya?


It may have saved me or it may have tweaked the frame. Guess I'll never know unless I hit another tree going at the same speed.
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oh man, sliding on ice is a helpless feeling. Good luck with the repairs. Make sure the axle tubes aren't bent and get some LCA brackets rewelded. Why no front driveshaft?

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oh man, sliding on ice is a helpless feeling. Good luck with the repairs. Make sure the axle tubes aren't bent and get some LCA brackets rewelded. Why no front driveshaft?


Thanks for the suggestions! No front driveshaft because I swapped my ax15 out for an nv3550 and for some reason the swap wasn't as "straight bolt in" into my jeep as it has been into others. The front driveshaft was too short and the rear was too long. I addressed the rear and never got around to the front. Probably a good thing it wasn't in though.
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**** sorry to hear that... On the upside, it's upgrade time
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**** sorry to hear that... On the upside, it's upgrade time


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post #15 of 37 Old 01-28-2009, 02:18 PM
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So your driving on a bad road with a 2wd jeep. I can see why you lost control. Would have had a better chance if the front was pulling as well. Did moms Jeep have any problems?

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