Nothing but the facts
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Holland mass USA
Your not going to like this answer but I would get an other axle and start fresh. I had a 14 bolt spin years ago, wasn't worth the effort to repair it.
Once you move a tube from a factory press fit it will never be the same, the plug welds dont hold the tubes in place they are only ment to keep the tube from spinning.
So you cracked the plug welds and spun the tube, so now what happend is the factory bond ( the few thousands press fit ) is gone to some degree. Yes the tube is still in place but its not going to be 100% no matter what you do.
You can get it close but it will never be the same and judging from how much you built this axle I'm guessing you built it to rely on it. Can you safely say after the repair it will be what you expect.
Its a AMC 20, there are probally a few at a local junkyard. To me its worth finding another one plus the AMC 20's are prone to have weak center section, so whats next with the current axle.
Get a new one, clean it up, install old parts into new axle and weld the tubes.
This is why every build I see I tell peaple weld your axle tubes to the housing. It gives you that extra security out of an axle, some listen some dont.
1993 YJ 4.0 60 Front, Rear steer 60, bolth spooled, 5.38's, 700r/241 39.5 iroks and beating it like it owes me money.
And on the 8th day, God created the 14 bolt...
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