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Unread 02-10-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever cracked an AMC 20

Has anyone ever actually cracked an AMC 20 housing or tubes? I'm looking to build a rear axle but don't know for certain yet if I want to rebuild the 20 or pick up a dana 44 instead. I don't currently or plan to do any severe wheeling so I assume I would not be throwing money away if I decided to put the money into the AMC.

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Unread 02-10-2010, 08:21 PM   #2
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my 2 cents. . . . .I would think a 20 behind a 6 cylinder that does not see a lot of off road abuse would last a while especially if you use one piece axles when you go through it.
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Unread 02-10-2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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Let me rephrase. I use my jeep alot off road for hunting and camping trips. I don't climb the sides of cliffs and what not though. That's what I call severe wheeling. I do get into some hairy spots from time to time. In other words it's not a strictly pavement jeep. It's just that I read so many people swapping out the AMC, IMO mostly due to the two piece axle I was just curious if anyone had actually had a housing failure with one.
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Unread 02-10-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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Most people who are hardcore climbing get rid of the AMC 20, but I have always heard that if you weld the axle tubes, truss it, and get one piece axles there are actually really tough.
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I have a mild v8 with an amc20,all stock even 2pc axles. I have put it through its paces and have yet to see any failure from it. I'm even running 33 inch tires.
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x2 - Weld the tubes to pumpkin, 1 piece axles and keep the tires under 33" and you'll be fine. The internals are stronger then a 44. If you want 35" tires or more or want to due more extreme stuff, add a truss. The weak spot is the 2 piece axles and thin tube walls.
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I've never seen the housing split, but I've seen the welded steel tubes lay open down the seam before.
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I've never seen the housing split, but I've seen the welded steel tubes lay open down the seam before.
How dd that happen?
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