While pushing the center line of your wheels further out will help you to run bigger tires and without rubbing issues, you do it at the expense of increasing your scrub radius and at the cost of putting more stress on your ball joints, wheel bearings and even tie-rod.
Over the last 6 years, I have found the factory rear axle shafts to be surprisingly strong. In fact, I can honestly say that rear axle shaft breaks are actually pretty uncommon. However, because the factory Dana 44 is a semi-float axle, a bent flange is something that is pretty common and when that happens, it is a good idea to replace your shafts.
Whether you’re installing a new set of front axle shafts or, are in need of pulling a busted one on the trail, this write-up will help explain the steps needed to do just that.
|With the Jeep JK Wrangler practically built to fit 35" tires or bigger right out of the box, it really is no wonder that this is exactly what many JK owners have already done with their Jeep or are planning to do in the near future. Unfortunately, there is a minor drawback in going bigger that a few of us are starting to see and that is the front axle C’s will start to bend.
As it would seem, the front axle C’s on both the Dana 30 and Dana 44 front axles are somewhat weak and the strain from running bigger tires will be enough to bend the C’s to the point where a measureable and visible amount of camber to one or both front wheels can be seen. And, while some adjustment can be made to correct this with offset ball joints, this adjustment is limited and will not prevent bending of the C’s in the future. So what can one do to prevent this from happening? Install a set of Off Road Evolution C2 Front Axle Reinforcement Gussets on your Jeep today!