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SaaaaaaWeeeeeT
That takes some balls to stay in it when you pop a wheel at that angle

major respect from me to you
I lifted on Hell's Gate too....my buddy, who was spotting, was more scared than I was.....lol.
 

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Well, Jeep life is sucking about right now....lol. My tire carrier failed, and is no longer on the Jeep. The rear end is making noise when turning, and I believe it's coming from the driver side. I opened the diff today and found some metal chunks, but the ring and pinion looked good. I didn't see or hear anything out of sorts while the Jeep was on jack stands, but once it was buttoned up and driven around the block, I heard the popping sound twice, going around corners....one left, one right. I'm not sure what it is....limited slip? I have no real desire to wrench on this thing again anytime soon, so it may be awhile before I know what it is. Sometimes I wonder if the fun of wheeling is worth the hassle of wrenching......lol.
 

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It is
but I totally get what you are saying. It normally takes me a couple of times to knock out bigger stuff. It's getting the motivation to start, but once I do, I don't stop until it's completed
 

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but I totally get what you are saying. It normally takes me a couple of times to knock out bigger stuff. It's getting the motivation to start, but once I do, I don't stop until it's completed
Not having a garage to work on the Jeep really hinders my desire to do so.
 
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It does sound like spider gears to me as well. If they are OEM rubicon lockers, the spider gears are probably much more difficult to find replacements.
 
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It does sound like spider gears to me as well. If they are OEM rubicon lockers, the spider gears are probably much more difficult to find replacements.
It is the stock rear locker.
 

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The spider gears are a fairly common failure point on the OEM lockers. Post 6 in this thread has some good tech in it: Locker failures (OEM).

The rear TJ Rubicon locker is more failure prone than the front
 
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It may be easier to just buy a whole new rear axle then try to find the Spider gears.
I am going to be sad if I have to not run a TJR D44. I just love the 5psi lockers. I will try to get one off Ebay before I change to something else.

I had almost 100,000 miles before selling my first Jeep and it was going strong with stock axles
and am now on 90,000+ miles on the current Jeep and still going strong.

This past weekend really showed me that all different widths and wheelbase lengths have their Pros and Cons.
But I felt like in our East Coast wheeling, my stock wheelbase and width overall did better than the larger and wider vehicles.

So I'd suggest trying to fix or find a stock replacement
 

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I believe the reason for the spider gears going south is due to the limited slip feature. Probably what helped mine self destruct was running on the Moab 'slip rock.' I could hear the tires scrub anytime making a tight turn.
 

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A used stock rear locker is $1000 on ebay. I'm contemplating getting new ARB or Eaton lockers front and rear, since finding parts for the stock lockers / pumps is so hard and is only going to get harder. I'm not planning on getting rid of my Rubi anytime soon. It has 97,000 miles on it, but I'd rather throw some money at it, and wheel it, than buy a new LJ that I'd be afraid to wheel. My buddy and I are discussing my options. It may end up in his shop sooner than we had planned, since I can't really drive it right now.
 

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Either one would be a very good choice. The ARB air pump fits nicely under the hood and you get the wiring harness and switches. I'm not familiar with the Eaton but maybe they include all of the wiring, switches, etc. as well.
 

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Was doing a Jeep parts list today:

New ARB lockers, front and rear.
New PRP seats.
New rear fender flares....unsure of brand, but they need to be metal.
New exhaust.
Control arm johnny joints rebuilt.
New control arm brackets.
New axle joints.
New u-joints.
New tire carrier.
Some tlc to all of the body armor.

Just Empty Every Pocket!!
 
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