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Old 12-17-2009, 07:50 PM
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here's what your axle should NOT look like:
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:06 PM
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oooo man. i bet thats exactly what mine looks like. mine broke inside the boot too
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:07 PM
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:48 PM
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The root of the problem is actually pretty simple. Buddy and Bruce Leeroy are the baddest mofo's out there and axles break at the thought of trying to keep up with them.

Glad to hear things are getting worked out. Sucks that you're having issues though.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:17 PM
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The root of the problem is actually pretty simple. Buddy and Bruce Leeroy are the baddest mofo's out there and axles break at the thought of trying to keep up with them.

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Old 12-17-2009, 11:21 PM
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That looks gnarly!
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:56 AM
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I had those Bavarian Autosport bushings on the brown MINI for a long time. I really liked them, but they do inhibit the movement of the control arm. If you saw onasled's video with a front subframe on the floor and him moving the control arms around / putting weights on them, that was my subframe and bushings. He said he wouldn't put them on a car because they would cause all sorts of inconsistencies with the effective spring rates. But, I was the one who drove with them for a long time, and I thought they worked well.

When I lost an axle on the track, I didn't break the cup the tripod sits in. It looked like mine just pulled out.

One theory one of my buddies had was that since my Cooper had, at the time, zero bushings in the front suspension (all solid mounts) and the engine / trans mounts were still rubber... under high cornering loads the engine would move laterally, but the suspension would not. The would effectively increase the distance between the engine and the hub on one side as the engine moved. The originator of this theory had this problem on his Factory Five roadster. Since I was running around the track on R-compounds, high lateral loads were definitely in the picture.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:17 AM
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an interesting theory jason. this might be the cause for my seals going bad leading to transmission fluid leaks but i don't think that's why mine are going bad.

just to clarify for anyone keeping count...
axle #1: OEM, over 59,000 miles, multiple autox's, a few track days. busted due to natural wear.
axle #2: rebuild of first axle, less than 100 feet. rebuild faulty.
axle #3: brand new axle, just under 2000 miles, cause of failure undertermined at the moment, looks to be faulty build.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:39 AM
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Yah, that break looks like faulty material if anything. It'd be hard for minor binding to cause that kind of crack under 2000 miles.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:41 AM
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right?! i mean i'd have to hit a curb or something to make that happen
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:46 AM
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Yup. And if it were binding enough to do serious damage like that, it would have been making a crazy amount of noise and vibrations.
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the only noises and vibrations i heard on the car happened 1 second before the axle assploded.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:26 AM
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Ouch! Tough couple of weeks for your rig man. You had this done at Steve's right? Will they be taking care of it for you?
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:27 AM
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taken care of for the most part. return tomorrow to swap the temp axle for the brand new one and an alignment.
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