You said the broken piece was still attached? But with only bolt? What does the empty bolt hole look like?
It's the tcase side that broke, but the other holes look... warped? the threads are intact, but the openings are bent. the remaining bolt looks like it was partially unscrewed. Could the bolts have backed out? what in the world would have caused that? I put them back in exactly as they came out, as tight as I could. They didn't have visible locktight on them before.
I tried to take a picture, but now my phone camera just says "ERROR."
I'm going to become Amish if all my crap keeps breaking.
'98 jeep tj, Zone 2" BB, d30 aussie locked /d35 open. 31x10.5 KM2's cragar soft 8, rockhard sport cage, midland CB radio, tuff designs rear bumper/ tire carrier, trans. cooler and extended breather.
"if you ain't gettin' stuck, you ain't doin' enough."
I have a 1/4 drive Mac ratchet and socket that fits in there perfectly. I use a long 5/16 snap on wrench, put it on the bolt, let it sit in the skid, twist the shaft to break them loose.
Rigs with a body lift, I can get my 1/4 drive air ratchet on them with a wobbly.
I have a pack of 12 point bolts that came with a new shaft, my son installed it and reused the factory bolts. Ill have to take a look at the length and see about remembering the brand... Pro comp possibly is where that one came from.
__________________ I want your factory 07-up take-off/thrown out JK front/rear Lower Control Arms! Bent ones are perfect also as long as the bushings and cold cut rings are in good shape/useable
Is that yours? If it is i'll feel a little better that it's not just me. Haha.
I wouldn't feel bad about not greasing it. I neglected to grease mine for a little while and the CV joint on it started to seize as well. I felt the increased vibrations and luckily was close to home before it got worse. Even though I told TW it was completely my fault, he just charged me for the new centering ball and even shortened the shaft/re-balanced it for me (I was doing an axle swap at the same time).
I agree that 3 or 4 months doesn't seem like enough time for this to happen, but it was for me. I'm sure the offroading I was doing didn't help, but it certainly wasn't that long of a time period.