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Unread 09-18-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
Grim Jeeper
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Preparing for the Rubicon

Gonna be doing a Rubicon trip in a week or so. My first real trip. Are there any parts I should buy just in case? I guess i'm thinking along the lines of U-joints, tools, or other smaller items that experienced wheeler's have found to be handy to have.

I'm otherwise fairly well equipped in terms of armor, lockers, etc.

If a Dana35 axle shaft breaks and no one is there to hear it...does it make a sound?
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Unread 09-18-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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I just got back from the Rubicon. The only thing that I broke was a stock lower control arm. Once that broke, the upper on the same side got bent in a banana-like shape.

One of the guys had a welding rig for his 2 batteries. About 2 hours during lunch to prep and weld it, and we were back on the trail.

I did have front axle shafts, ball joints, u-joints (both axle and driveshaft), and a front unit bearing along as spares, but I did not need any of them.

If you still have stock control arms, bring a few spares along, especially lowers.

And have fun! It was a blast, and my favorite wheeling trip so far.
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