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Let's say you broke your rear axle....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Espen88k5, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. Espen88k5

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    Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    ..in the woods and needed to get out of there, or back to the nearest road under your own power. The c-clipped axle stubb and rear wheel falling out. And no replacement axle shaft to fix it. Anybody been there and managed to get out with some Mc Gyver rigging and wooden sled? Calculate a winch into the rescue and tell me what you would do.
    Need to know for when I one day push my 10 bolt to far.[​IMG]

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  2. HarryH3

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    I've only heard of 3 solutions:

    1) Rig up a sled.
    2) Stop every few feet, jack up truck, slide axle back into place.
    3) Park truck, come back later with new axle.

    Oh yeah, there's number 4, but it's WAY expensive. Hire a helicopter to get your truck out of its predicament. [​IMG]

    I'm sure you already know this, but to prevent it from happening in the first place, go with a Full Floater! [​IMG]

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  3. muddin4fun

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    1. Remove rear axle
    2. Install FF axle
    Done [​IMG]

    In all seriousness..I don't think there is much you can do when it lets loose except a tow truck.

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    I had something similar to that happen on my original 10 bolt... The axle snapped off right where the carrier begins... So basically I had a whole shaft except for about 3 inche son the end. I just drove about 10 feet and then jacked the Blazer up and shoved it back in, then repeated that until I was at the road. I was about 2 miles back in the woods when this happened and it was about 35 degrees out and raining! And to add to the horror, it was about 1 am..... I just left it at the beginning of the trail and came back first thign the next morning with a tow truck!
    If it were to break off a the wheel end, i would have chained up a log or somehting similar to the axle and sledded it out...

    Mike

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  5. Espen88k5

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    When the axle shaft breaks off is it still suported enough by the axle-tubing that you can "woble" it forewards in 4x4? Will the end piece of the axle that's in the carrier just stay there without doing more harm? This is good information, keep it coming. A helicopter ait-lift would be cool to watch though...[​IMG]

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  6. Espen88k5

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    When the axle shaft breaks off is it still suported enough by the axle-tubing that you can "woble" it forewards in 4x4? Will the end piece of the axle that's in the carrier just stay there without doing more harm? This is good information, keep it coming. A helicopter air-lift would be cool to watch though...[​IMG]

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Helicopters are fun,[​IMG] but might be expensive to rent.[​IMG]

    Most cases I'v heard about, the axle-shaft has broken near or in the carrier. Reason I ask about this, is because most of the wheeling I do is with my 2 year old son, out on semi-privatly owned logging roads and lumber areas, if I get in trouble I would like to get my sh!t out of there before I piss the landowners off to much.

    I'm getting a 8000 warn winch and I am always carrying ropes, axe, and a shuffle. My toolbox as well as asorted bolts and stuff.
    I was thinking about swapping to a 12 bolt/dana 44, I found, but it turned out to be from a fulltime 4x4 The rear on it is an open diff, so I think I'm letting it go..
    14 bolt ff are to be found in Norway so I will be saving my money untill one comes along, untill then I'' worry about my 10 bolt's..
    Always nice to be prepeared though[​IMG]

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    A rear disc brake conversion will help with wheel/axle retention if the shaft breaks. Probably won't be road-worthy, but it'll get you off the trail.

    Ken

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  10. Grim-Reaper

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Get a spare shaft and carry what it takes to swap it including a amo can to catch the gear oil. Seriously, if you got the tools it only takes about 30 minutes to replace. Same shaft will work on either side.
    As for the D44/12. Well the axle shaft is about the same strength. The gain is bigger R&amp;P and spider gears. Also bigger pinion bearings. As for it being fulltime. As long as the front is not a external hub style then your 10 bolt locking hub will bolt right on.

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    np,

    1) get out of rig...use a few 4 letter words.
    2) walk to the back of the rig to get replacement axel
    3) install it
    4) if headed home anyway and worried about losing your only replacement axel...unlock the rear hubs and drive home in front wheel drive.

    See? easy!

    oh wait, I have a warn ff kit... =p

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    had this slight problem a couple of months ago with my buddies 73 axle shaft broke and had a spare !!! only probem was we didnt have the tool to take out the pin on the ARB,so what would have been an easy fix turned into a round trip of about 80 miles and a LONG day!!! thanxs mike!!!!
     
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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    In the woods - np. Climbing a hill like the dude in Hollister that rolled all the way down - YIKES. That sold me on the FF

    Dave

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    The bearing was taking the brunt of the wieght and the broken part of the shaft was resting/riding on the inner axletube.. The was probably some damage done to the axle tube since that axle was scraping on it the whole way out.... I replaced the bearings and the shaft plus leaned everythign out really well..

    Mike

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Why can't you just unbolt the rear driveshaft, seal off the xfer case with whatever you can find and limp out in 4wd (now front wheel drive)?

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Unfortunately that will not really help as the real problem is trying to keep the tire attached to the vehicle.
     
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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    two words....

    DUCT TAPE!!!

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    This happened to us once. Jeep YJ, rear D35, LSD, in sand onto a rock, 4.0L and the gal had her foot into it. Need I say more? Snap.

    Disassembled the axle. Took the broken pieces (broke just before the splines), placed them in some angle iron, and slowly welded it back up. Re-installed it, removed the rear driveshaft (so no torque going to it), and drove out, then home on front wheel drive with a little bit of help (just to the pavement).

    Disassembled it back in town. Measured it, it was within something like 3 thou of being true. Pays to have a millright in the group!

    Best trail fix I've ever been a personal witness of.

    Got a welder on the truck now. Not worried about breaking my shafts, and can now do similar fixes for others.

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Oh yeah, I know of another fix.

    Another friend (also in a YJ) broke his rear D60 (don't ask me how). He made up a skid out of a fallen tree and tied it to the leaf pack fore and aft of the axle tube and skidded out in 3wd. From pavement, they trailered it.

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    Re: Let\'s say you broke your rear axle....

    Here's a pic of a Jeep using the log skid method of getting out of the woods: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.woytovich.com/cruisers/new/pricelessTJ.jpg>http://www.woytovich.com/cruisers/new/pricelessTJ.jpg</a> [​IMG]

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