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Unread 01-04-2014, 01:37 AM   #1
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Possible Bent Axle?

2013 JK Sport S, 7.5K miles, stock.

My friend called me up to ask if I'd come out to his house in the middle of farm country to guide him through installing his new lift. On my way out I felt at ease on the wide open dirt road so I decided 55mph was a good speed to cruise at. Before I know it, it feels like I hit a deer. Scared me half to death.

Naturally, I exited the JK to inspect for possible damage and couldnt find a trace. As im walking I noticed I was now on a paved road. Sure enough a few more steps revealed a sudden 2" height change in the road. No slope, a straight drop . It's been keeping me up for weeks just thinking about it. The Jeep drives fine, doesn't make any noises, it feels no different than the day I bought it, is all this worrying over nothing? Are there any quick inspections to put my mind at ease?

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Unread 01-04-2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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2",, inch its totaled. heck we have pot wholes deeper than that.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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2",, inch its totaled. heck we have pot wholes deeper than that.
Good reason to upgrade to 54's. You won't even feel it (the pothole in the road, not the one in your wallet).
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Unread 01-04-2014, 10:16 AM   #4
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Sure enough a few more steps revealed a sudden 2" height change in the road. No slope, a straight drop
Did you go from higher ground to lower (not likely any damage occurred)... Or form lower to higher (could have done some damage at that speed, but you would know by driving it on flat surface)

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Good reason to upgrade to 54's. You won't even feel it (the pothole in the road, not the one in your wallet).
That wouldn't be a pothole, it would be a crater (in the wallet)!
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Unread 01-04-2014, 01:21 PM   #5
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LOL You are gonna be fine. This story amuses me--come back to it in a year after you've been on it with a sawzall and mud on your roof, this will make you smile.


And don't sweat it, we were all there once!
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Unread 01-04-2014, 03:24 PM   #6
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Most people that I mean MOST too. That bend axles or C's or the whole assembly. Are doing this over 2 inch bumps to hear them tell it


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e3EWmhTSi4



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Unread 01-04-2014, 07:15 PM   #7
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2",, inch its totaled. heck we have pot wholes deeper than that.
True.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #8
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Did you go from higher ground to lower (not likely any damage occurred)... Or form lower to higher (could have done some damage at that speed, but you would know by driving it on flat surface)



That wouldn't be a pothole, it would be a crater (in the wallet)!
Higher ground. If it were a 2" drop I wouldnt of been worried at all. It drives fine, all im worried about is damage I can't see (possibly inside the axle).
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Unread 01-04-2014, 07:21 PM   #9
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LOL You are gonna be fine. This story amuses me--come back to it in a year after you've been on it with a sawzall and mud on your roof, this will make you smile.


And don't sweat it, we were all there once!
Lol I appreiate it
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Unread 01-04-2014, 07:57 PM   #10
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So the jeep drives and handles completely normal and you're losing sleep over it?

Don't worry about it.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 12:24 PM   #11
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Trade it for a 2014, that thing is gonna fall apart soon.
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55mph on a dirt road = karma.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 07:34 PM   #13
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55mph on a dirt road = karma.
please do explain why. There are plenty of graded dirt roads that I have done 70+ mph down.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 07:42 PM   #14
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Gotta admit, we have highways that aren't much more than gravel roads. We have a lot of graded dirt roads that I would be comfortable cruising at 55+ for miles and miles. I am sure that sort of thing isn't common in many places of the country though.
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