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Unread 02-12-2011, 11:20 PM   #1
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emptying out front axle

I was wondering if I could take out my diff and axle shafts on my front axle and drive with it like that for like a week because mine are broken and it'll take a week for the new stuff to come in.

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Unread 02-12-2011, 11:33 PM   #2
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absolutely not, the front wheels will fall off.

Seriously they will fall off, you have to have the outer shaft through the unit bearing and the nut torqued down, it holds the unit bearing together. Without that shaft through the unit bearing the bearing will come apart and your wheel will fall off. You could cut the cv joint and just run the stub shafts that is all the the 2 wd model uses.
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Unread 02-13-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Is this a serious question? C'mon now.
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Unread 02-13-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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What exactly is broken? Like tsconver said, the stubs need to be present to put preload on the unit bearings...but depending on whats broke you could still run it with certain parts removed.
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Unread 02-13-2011, 08:59 AM   #5
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I know from experience, you NEED the shafts in. I had my hub assembly blow out after taking out a broken shaft and driving 50 miles back home, blew apart at mile 48, luckily as I was moving from a stop light and only going 20 mph....Dont take them out, deal with the noise!
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