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Ford9 Axle Damage

#1 User is offline   Jim B 

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  Posted 11 August 2004 - 08:14 AM

A good friend from Michigan wrote to me yesterday advising that he recently took a few days to wheel Tellico. He wanted to come down in October to meet up with me but he advises that he will not be able to make it due to repair work needed on his TJ.
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He has a TJ with a Ford9 rear axle with Portal ends & rear steering that took in some damage. Since they only had a few days they took on about 2-3 trails daily. He suffered some damage on his rear axle on Guardrail as he bounced a few times. :cry:

You will see from the next pic that the driver side of the housing sprung loose up from the diff causing a broken axle among other things inside the carrier.

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You will also notice that the entire assembly twisted towards the rear, take a look at the spring pad and spring.

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Here he is trying to repair the damage so he can get off the trail smack in the middle of Guardrail at least in a 45 degree incline. Vehicle was secured by a few winch lines.

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The repair entailed twisting the tube back (spring perch back to original location), bringing the entire housing back down into place, welding the area and finally bracing the diff with the tube. You will notice that someone had a plate that he used to brace the area that gave.

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Repair took around 4 hours, my hats off to him for getting out in 3 wheel drive. :2thumup: Needles to say he was done for the trip. He has not taken apart the 3rd member as of yet to see if there is any damage there also. We are hoping for the best as it could be an expensive issue.

How do you prevent this on a Ford9... truss the bottom. He will probably do the top also just for insurance. Some of these trails just have no mercy at times. It's a good thing he had the right tools to handle this repair. It would have been a real nightmare getting off this trail in this condition... for those that have been there I'm sure you know what I mean. :shock:
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 08:27 AM

holy smoley.... never seen a 9" like that... glad to see he got it fixed... and yep i've seen the trail...
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:51 AM

wow, very impressive fix, did he lose that axle shaft too ?

is that what you ment that he got out on 3wd?

if that were me , i would have had to call in a sikorsky helicoptor to lift me out to a jeep dealer


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  Posted 11 August 2004 - 02:35 PM

FrankYj,
Since you have been there I'm sure you can appreciate the conditions of this repair. I just stated 45 degree incline as an average but I'm sure it was higher in spots. :shock:

There was probably a lot of teamwork going on from everyone that was on this trail. It's gotten so bad that just to get to this spot could be a fun ordeal. Luckily there is a by pass after you clear Guardrail going around Helicopter Pad... another winner. :shock:

Greenlantern,
The axle was busted, that entire side was history. The locker helped engaged the good side allowing the 3 wheel drive.

Btw, if it was you, we would have gotten you out & you would have been the tool handler among other things. Once we decide to do a trail, anyone in the initial group going in, we all must come out together no matter how long it takes. :ya:

It's the food bill afterwards that you have to worry about. :pizza: :1diner: :2thumup: :cry:
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 02:38 PM

Thats why i love you guys .... :2thumup:
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 03:57 PM

OUCH !!!

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 04:43 PM

Rocks. :2thumup:
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  Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:05 PM

Greenlantern, on Aug 11 2004, 03:38 PM, said:

Thats why i love you guys  .... :cry:

Let's not get too carried away ... :2thumup: :shock:
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  Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:07 PM

rollbar, on Aug 11 2004, 05:43 PM, said:

Rocks.  :shock:

Rollbar, please tell us how you feel. :2thumup: :cry:
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:26 PM

Some times you win some and some times you lose some. It looks like this guys lost big on this one. :tdown:

This type of problem would definately not deter me from going back to the rocks though. When anyone 4 wheels they have to be ready to accept any and all responsibilty for there actions. (Man do I sound like my Father or what????:2thumup: )

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Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:09 PM

WoW I thaught a ford 9" was built pretty well! What size tires did he have? :2thumup:
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:15 PM

Jim B, on Aug 11 2004, 07:07 PM, said:

rollbar, on Aug 11 2004, 05:43 PM, said:

Rocks.  :shock:

Rollbar, please tell us how you feel. :2thumup: :lol:

O.K. Jim,

ROCKS, :cry: :tdown: :ya: :boo: :boo: :pizza: :shock: :1sad: :boo:
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  Posted 13 August 2004 - 08:17 AM

rollbar, on Aug 11 2004, 11:15 PM, said:

Jim B, on Aug 11 2004, 07:07 PM, said:

rollbar, on Aug 11 2004, 05:43 PM, said:

Rocks.  :boo:

Rollbar, please tell us how you feel. :cry: :lol:

O.K. Jim,
ROCKS, :toilet: :tdown: :boo: :boo: :boo: :angry1: :first: :1sad: :boo:

I appreciate someone that expresses themselves in such a direct manner. :ya:

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