Thread: Axle issues
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      02-07-2021, 09:04 PM   #5

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Originally Posted by 428xivibez View Post
Originally Posted by Toonez87ls View Post
I also have blown 2 front axles i learned that you have to get an alignment right away also the angle of your lowest height puts a ton of stress on the 3 ball joints and often snap out of place another thing is your damper set up the stiffer the less play
After you got your alignment did that solve your axle issues? I think you’re right about the dampening too. I recently changed the setting to a softer setting and that may be contributing as well. My last alignment was done when I was on 19” wheel set up. After switching to the 18” I popped 2 axles and now I’m realizing that may be due to the 18’s being causing more stress up front since they’re lower.

I’ll replace the axle, get an alignment and keep this post updated. Thanks for your input!
Why do you think that 18" wheels are lower than 19" wheels? Wheel size is meaningless to ride height. It's the tire diameter that determines height.

To find out if there was a change, go to the TireRack website and look up the measured diameter of your specific 18" tire and your 19" tire. They should be around 26.0". If there is any difference, then divide that difference by 2 to determine how much the center-point of your wheel may have changed in height from the ground. Doubtful if it changed much at all unless one of your tires had an out of the ordinary sidewall height.
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