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 What parts will likely break ?


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Pretty much every time I am out on the Rubicon I come across a broken down vehicle - at least one !
Could not help but notice that there are some common weak spots on each vehicle. To make sure my observations were accurate I checked with repair shops around the trail and they supported my notes.
So, here is what is most likely to break on your vehicle when you do the Rubicon Trail - and probably on any other rough trail:

CJ, YJ
"the only thing that does not break is the radiator cap"

drive line U-joints
front axle U-joints
locking hubs
rear axle shafts (especially with LockRight)
steering box
steering linkage
spring hanger
frame cracks
motor mounts

Bronco

front axle U-joints
rear axle shafts

FJ40

front axle Birfield joints
spindle/drum (pre 1975)
rear pinion

TJ

rear axle shafts (35C)
control arm brackets front

There many other things that break - and believe me, they will !
Let me know what you think breaks most often.

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