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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Slammed into curb, now wheel wobbles

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I was making a nearly blind left turn out of a parking lot and floored it to keep from getting hit. Unfortunately all those go fast mods I made asserted themselves, I fishtailed, and slammed my right rear wheel HARD into the curb. It totally demolished the wheel and peeled off about a 2 foot long section of it. I replaced the wheel and now it wobbles. What did I bend to make it do that? The axle? Will I need a whole new rear end or just an axle on that side?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 11:45 AM
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The axle itself is definitely bent. Those bend very easily. Replace the axle first, and then see where you are at. The rear housing is probably alright, it takes a lot to bend those.

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Thanks Mikey. How involved is replacing an axle?
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Basically: Remove the differential cover, remove the bolt holding in the center shaft, remove the shaft, slide the axle inward, remove the "C" Clip, slide the axle out.

Pretty easy, just real messy. (Those are just the cliff notes).

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Yes chances are the axle is bent. I have a 2000GT and the stock axles are super weak. I snaped one launching on the street with DR's. I went with a Cobra carrier, 31spline moser axles. About $700 in parts. Well worth it, you wont break them. The biggest thing is getting the ABS sensors pressed off the old axles with out breakin them. They should press on the new axles fairly easy..


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The axle itself is definitely bent. Those bend very easily. Replace the axle first, and then see where you are at. The rear housing is probably alright, it takes a lot to bend those.
Unless you launching at 4500-5000RPM's with a Slick and a 4.30 gear. Its pretty easy to torque it out of alignment

But sliding into a curb... it will prolly take that without a problem.

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GT_any it didn't slide into a curb, I walloped it. I wish I had taken a pic of the rim. Pretzeled it up into abstract art.
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Check your rear arms too, the axle is also probably pushed sideways.

Needs more stall.
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Check your rear arms too, the axle is also probably pushed sideways.
True story! If you need stock upper and lower control arms. I have a stock set i'll sell you off my 2000GT. Im going to be upgrading sometime before spring.

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Budy of mine did same thing back in the '70s in his '74 Mustang Mach1 .... which had a stock V-6. He did it in the rain, didn't even scuff tire sidewall, but bent axle.

Well ..... maybe it wasn't "the same thing" he done, but it was close?

geaux, .... as hard as you hit, you need to get her on a lift and carefull examine all control arms and the mounting points at the car's frame as well, and after replacing the axle shaft that is definately bent .... put a point (a thumb tack is good) on both the left rear and right rear tire's tread. Rotate the tires to where the point to straight back, meassure between them, then rotate to bottom and meassure again, and then rotate so straight to front of car and meassure again while on the lift.

All three distances should be same. If all three aren't same, housing is tweaked .... or just "bent". They don't have to be exactly same but within 1/8" would be good.

Remove thumb tacks.

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