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Where to find stock rear shafts? Im looking for Stock rear axle shafts for trail spares. I haven't had any luck finding anything local or on the FJc forums. I figure some of you guys have cut the axles out and went D60 or 44 so theres gotta be some shafts floatiing around. My axle is from an 08 elocked FJcruiser.

Anything else work? I was thinking Chromo but im going to build a diamond rear later in the year so theres no reason to go crazy for something i doubt i will brake.


Thanks for any info.
 

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Your best bet would be a pick 'n pull type place. Nitro makes chromoly shafts if you wanted something stronger.
 

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The issue is Here in CO i cant find one in a yard. I picked one up for parts to get the axle in the first place.They still bring too much for those pick and pull yards here and the people parting them dont wanna split the rear axle.

I saw Nitro makes stronger shafts but for $600 i might as well start building the rear diamond(that i dont have cash for right now)
 

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There is a guy on MUD parting out an '07 FJC. He said he the driveline is sold, which my guess is does include the rear end.
 

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There is a guy on MUD parting out an '07 FJC. He said he the driveline is sold, which my guess is does include the rear end.
Crap! do you have a link? Im not a member but its worth a shot. I called on one at a yard in Nebraska and the guy said he doesn't have em.
 

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Thanks, Sent Email...I hope its not like the crazy people i have heard about asking chromo prices..If this one doesnt pan out i will just upgrade it
 

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Where to find stock rear shafts? Im looking for Stock rear axle shafts for trail spares. I haven't had any luck finding anything local or on the FJc forums. I figure some of you guys have cut the axles out and went D60 or 44 so theres gotta be some shafts floatiing around. My axle is from an 08 elocked FJcruiser.

Anything else work? I was thinking Chromo but im going to build a diamond rear later in the year so theres no reason to go crazy for something i doubt i will brake.


Thanks for any info.
How do you plan to use the axle shaft as a trail spare? I have a slightly bent axle shaft that I plan to change out some time. I was thinking about using the bent axle shaft as a trail spare, but I haven't figured out exactly how I would do it on the trail yet. What tools would you carry to do this as a trail repair and how would you do it. I am thinking maybe a slide hammer with an axle puller attachment to remove the bearing & retainer, a 3 feet long 1-3/4" ID pipe to reseat the bearing. Just working it in my head for now so not sure if its going to work on the trail.
 

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I realize this is an old thread, but as more FJ Cruiser people push the limits of what this axle can handle, there are going to be more and more people interested in this topic.

The rear FJ Cruiser axle is semifloat, so the shaft has a pressed on unit bearing. My understanding is that the bearing isn't coming off without a massive shop press. I never tried, so I can't speak from personal experience, but even if you could do it with a typical Harbor Freight style 20 ton bottle jack press like mine, you'd have to build some sort of extension fixture to do it. The biggest opening I can make with my press isn't big enough to accept an axle shaft.

If you're thinking to carry a spare rear shaft for a trail repair, you'll probably want one that's complete with a unit bearing so that you can just bolt it up. However, the spare unit bearing is going to be as much as the shaft or more.

I stockpiled a spare rear shaft without unit bearing when I had an FJ Cruiser. I probably still have it. It never went with the vehicle. Ultimately, my plan to get home with any broken axle shaft involved engaging lockers and limping out in 3 wheel drive with whatever tow strap help was necessary to overcome remaining obstacles. There's really very little motivation to make this a trailside repair.

I changed out broken FJ Cruiser front CV shafts multiple times, both on my own rig and on other people's. Although I carried a spare CV shaft, I never found a time when this was better performed on the trail than at home. I'm just not big on draining and reloading gear oil on the trail.

I'd try like hell not to do a rear shaft on the trail, too. I'd just much rather do a really clean job of it.
 

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I am one of those people who pushed the limit of this axle. It didn't break on me but just got bent at the flange and cause my rotor and wheel to wobble enough to get me to do something about it. It didn't take that much to bend it either, but was just enough combination of things together. First of all I was stuck. My rear end was wedged in between 2 larger boulders so tight that I was in 4-low, diff locked, and flooring the gas, and the wheels didn't move. The auto trans ecu has a cutout limit, so about 3000 rpm was as much as I was allowed to push the engine. So I got snatched (forward, uphill) out of that spot, took 2 or 3 pulls. On top of that I had 1.25" wheel spacers at the time (removed now) increasing the leveraged stress on the flange.

So to change out the axle shaft, I had to fab this tool. This was my 2nd welding project ever (the 1st project being the welding table it's sitting on). Basically, I bought a welder, and spent 3 months teaching myself how to use it.



I used a HF 20-ton press, and yes I had to push it hard, probably making it pressing 21 tons :).



I agree this is not a trailside repair, unless you are willing to carry the spare with bearing and backing plate pressed in. The unit bearings and backing plates are left/right specific, so you would need to carry 2 sets.
 
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