My "new" ride is a 2006 Unlimited with a softtop (had a hardtop; damn Pike County jumping trees...), long arm lift, 35" KM2's, axles regeared and E-Lockers installed. Wheeled several times, nothing radical as I like to finesse things when I can. Driving in town, I hear a "Pop", and pull into a parking lot. I don't see anything unusual and it drives normally. ?? I drive it on to my lady's home (about 10-12 miles) and smell the dead dinos when I get out. Fine oil droplets all over the rear end tells me to look at the pig and there's something that has tried to get out of there by poking a hole in the cover.
When I removed the cover, I discovered that five ring gear bolt heads had snapped off. Everything was properly torqued and locktited. There is evidence that there was a lot of heat somewhere along the line as in varnish on the carrier. Can anyone give me a clue as to what happened?
And, is there an easy way to get the stubs out of the ring gear?