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    19 JL axle questions

    I sold my jk and ordered a 19 Rubicon JL. I plan to put 37 tires with race line beadlocks on it with a to be determined 2 lift. I also have teraflex falcon shocks. I want to rock krawl like I did with my jk. With the front axle disconnect hole and starting to see broken front axle because of this is it worth it to upgrade to a dynatrac prorock 44 housing? Id had arb air lockers before on my jk. Would it be worth to upgrade again or just keep the elocker? If I upgrade to rcv axle shafts which should I get the one or two piece shafts? Should I stay with 4.10 gears with an auto and 37s or upgrade to 4.88? Last question is hydro assist needed with the new JL steering setup especially in rocks?

    I dont know much about the JL axles and want something that will hold up to moderate wheeling with 37s but understand easy on skinny peddle.

    Thank you for the help in advance

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    What's broken? Can you get a refund on the shocks? I'd skip the rcv. Run the 4.10 and see if you like them. The new transmission is what's making the 4.10 gears a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neohiofan View Post
    I sold my jk and ordered a 19 Rubicon JL. I plan to put 37 tires with race line beadlocks on it with a to be determined 2 lift. I also have teraflex falcon shocks. I want to rock krawl like I did with my jk. With the front axle disconnect hole and starting to see broken front axle because of this is it worth it to upgrade to a dynatrac prorock 44 housing? Id had arb air lockers before on my jk. Would it be worth to upgrade again or just keep the elocker? If I upgrade to rcv axle shafts which should I get the one or two piece shafts? Should I stay with 4.10 gears with an auto and 37s or upgrade to 4.88? Last question is hydro assist needed with the new JL steering setup especially in rocks?

    I dont know much about the JL axles and want something that will hold up to moderate wheeling with 37s but understand easy on skinny peddle.

    Thank you for the help in advance
    Someone else broke a housing at the FAD area, can't remember who. Also, contact Dynatrac with all of those questions, they're building them already and have considered a lot. I don't think the Elocker will work because Dynatrac still uses the JK Carrier and gears on the new JL housing. They had such smooth operation with so many they decided not to change that part of the housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neohiofan View Post
    I sold my jk and ordered a 19 Rubicon JL. I plan to put 37 tires with race line beadlocks on it with a to be determined 2 lift. I also have teraflex falcon shocks. I want to rock krawl like I did with my jk. With the front axle disconnect hole and starting to see broken front axle because of this is it worth it to upgrade to a dynatrac prorock 44 housing? Id had arb air lockers before on my jk. Would it be worth to upgrade again or just keep the elocker? If I upgrade to rcv axle shafts which should I get the one or two piece shafts? Should I stay with 4.10 gears with an auto and 37s or upgrade to 4.88? Last question is hydro assist needed with the new JL steering setup especially in rocks?

    I dont know much about the JL axles and want something that will hold up to moderate wheeling with 37s but understand easy on skinny peddle.

    Thank you for the help in advance
    Cancel your order. Buy an unlimited sport use the money you save to buy proper axles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deezus View Post
    Cancel your order. Buy an unlimited sport use the money you save to buy proper axles.
    LOL!! I see you're on a mission

    It'd be a far cry to assume that everyone will play hard enough with their JL that they'd need to upgrade their axles. So far, I've got over 20,000 miles on my JL and being that I work from home, most of those miles are from heading out to the trail, wheeling them and then driving back home. So far, my front axle is still straight and my rear flanges are too. Granted, I personally know people who've snapped their front axle in half and/or bent it and have had bent flanges in the rear. BUT, so far, they've been the exception and not the rule. Most of the people I see on the internet NEVER wheel as hard as they do.

    With all that said, a Rubicon is still a great platform to start with especially being that they come with a 4:1 transfer case, e-disco and interior options that you just can't get on a Sport. Also, if you ever plan on selling it, they'll hold their value a LOT better too. Of course, I can only speak from personal experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    LOL!! I see you're on a mission

    It'd be a far cry to assume that everyone will play hard enough with their JL that they'd need to upgrade their axles. So far, I've got over 20,000 miles on my JL and being that I work from home, most of those miles are from heading out to the trail, wheeling them and then driving back home. So far, my front axle is still straight and my rear flanges are too. Granted, I personally know people who've snapped their front axle in half and/or bent it and have had bent flanges in the rear. BUT, so far, they've been the exception and not the rule. Most of the people I see on the internet NEVER wheel as hard as they do.

    With all that said, a Rubicon is still a great platform to start with especially being that they come with a 4:1 transfer case, e-disco and interior options that you just can't get on a Sport. Also, if you ever plan on selling it, they'll hold their value a LOT better too. Of course, I can only speak from personal experience.
    I agree about resell but to actually know of someone who broke there axle makes me gun shy about running 37s which is really as big as I wanna go. Im not assuming anything but on the trail anything can happen. Was Mel getting jiggy with it or what? I saw the other Pic where the guy was hammering it and broke.
    My buddy was gonna order a sport with Dana 60s at the dealership. They told him he would have to install them.
    Makes me totally rethink selling my JK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deezus View Post
    I agree about resell but to actually know of someone who broke there axle makes me gun shy about running 37s which is really as big as I wanna go. Was Mel getting jiggy with it or what? I saw the other Pic where the guy was hammering it and broke.
    My buddy was gonna order a sport with Dana 60s at the dealership. They told him he would have to I stall them.
    Makes me totally rethink selling my JK.

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    Like I said, I am running 37's now and so far, I've yet to have any issues. If you've seen any of our videos, you know how we use it. As far as Mel goes, he was moving at a good clip and at night, came over a roller and hit a BIG rock in a wash out that he couldn't see. Essentially, it was a crash and what I'm trying to say is that there was nothing normal about his circumstances. I know a lot of guys like to believe they wheel super hard but I've always found the reality to be, just a case over exaggerated imaginations. Trust me, I've personally seen 3 JK front axle housing break over the last 10+ years and they've all been the exception and not the rule. Bent front housings or bent rear flanges, sure, that happens all the time but not broken housings. If all you're gonna do is run 37's, I wouldn't loose any sleep over factory axles. Certainly, the rear will hold up well and the front can always be upgraded with a ProRock 44 for a lot less than it would cost to buy all the other goodies you can only get on a Rubicon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Like I said, I am running 37's now and so far, I've yet to have any issues. If you've seen any of our videos, you know how we use it. As far as Mel goes, he was moving at a good clip and at night, came over a roller and hit a BIG rock in a wash out that he couldn't see. Essentially, it was a crash and what I'm trying to say is that there was nothing normal about his circumstances. I know a lot of guys like to believe they wheel super hard but I've always found the reality to be, just a case over exaggerated imaginations. Trust me, I've personally seen 3 JK front axle housing break over the last 10+ years and they've all been the exception and not the rule. Bent front housings or bent rear flanges, sure, that happens all the time but not broken housings. If all you're gonna do is run 37's, I wouldn't loose any sleep over factory axles. Certainly, the rear will hold up well and the front can always be upgraded with a ProRock 44 for a lot less than it would cost to buy all the other goodies you can only get on a Rubicon.
    Thanks for talking me down bro. Haha it was getting cold on that ledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deezus View Post
    Thanks for talking me down bro. Haha it was getting cold on that ledge.

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    Like I said, I've been there and swore I would never buy another Rubicon. Not that there's anything wrong with buying a Sport and building it up but if you can afford a Rubicon and start there, that's what I would do and based on experience.

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