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Old August 23rd, 2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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axle breaking problems because of lift kits

How many have had axle breaking problems because of a 2 or 3 inch lift?? You might not be "binding" but are we putting more stress on the axle joints?

I know of a front and a rear on a friends machine with under 1000 miles and my front with 700 miles on it just broke with a 2 inch lift? I don't want to get into listing manufactures of the lift kits. Thanks not the point of this thread..
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

It might be harder on the CV joint but 2 or 3" isnt to bad.RZR's break axles even without A lift.Super ATV has some heavy duty ones for $800 A set.Thats A good deal.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

It's not so much the lift, it's the bigger tires.
I've ran the guts out of mine for over a year with 27" Bighorns and a 2" lift, swapped over to 30" Mudlights and twisted an axle in half today.

Put a lift on your vehicle and it will be fine add huge tire's and you WILL wear parts out faster.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

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It's not so much the lift, it's the bigger tires.
I've ran the guts out of mine for over a year with 27" Bighorns and a 2" lift, swapped over to 30" Mudlights and twisted an axle in half today.

Put a lift on your vehicle and it will be fine add huge tire's and you WILL wear parts out faster.
I agree with that, but my buddy still has the factory tires and rims on is. And has gone threw 3 or 4 axles. I have ITP SS212 with 26 inch Terra Cross's on mine.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

i have 1350 miles on mine with a 2 inch lift and just broke my first axle , i don't believe it happen because of a 2 inch lift
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

i had about 500 miles on mine and twisted the front axle...but i do fun mine hard...i didnt get mine to baby it i run it like i stole and if nothing ever broke and never worn out then there wouldnt be parts for sale...things break and its not just how you drive it, its just life...so go out have fun and breaking parts is just half the fun
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

[QUOTE=cheshier2;169542]How many have had axle breaking problems because of a 2 or 3 inch lift?? You might not be "binding" but are we putting more stress on the axle joints?

I know of a front and a rear on a friends machine with under 1000 miles and my front with 700 miles on it just broke with a 2 inch lift? I don't want to get into listing manufactures of the lift kits. Thanks not the point of this thread..[/QUOTE

And you thought I was crazy for spending the money to buy the S. Ha!
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Laughing Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

Quote: Originally Posted by cheshier2 View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by RZRDavis View Post
It's not so much the lift, it's the bigger tires.
I've ran the guts out of mine for over a year with 27" Bighorns and a 2" lift, swapped over to 30" Mudlights and twisted an axle in half today.

Put a lift on your vehicle and it will be fine add huge tire's and you WILL wear parts out faster.
I agree with that, but my buddy still has the factory tires and rims on is. And has gone threw 3 or 4 axles. I have ITP SS212 with 26 inch Terra Cross's on mine.


Not mentioning names; is this the same buddy that had his winch pulling forward while his tires were spinning backwards?! LOL
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

Their are alot of things that factor into axle breakage.

Maybe poor heat treat from PoPo, maybe it happened to be in the right position with the right peddle to the floor, busted boot? sticks? rocks? who knows....

I don't baby mine at all, but if I play hard I expect to have to replace parts with beefier parts and find the next weak link. If you are breaking the cage then maybe the lift would have something to do with it, but mine twisted the shaft clean.

I have had lifted trucks, jeeps, right now an FJ and Jeep all of my life, the lift in itself won't break an axle unless it's a piss poor design... Add big tires, throttle, and a tight spot and you will probably break a weak axle.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

I'm the "not sure", I have broken a rear inner CV, but not the axle, In fact I've built a front and rear full axle assembly to carry as bench spares.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

I quess I should have said CV joint not axle. Who as had the CV joints break??
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

Quote: Originally Posted by cheshier2 View Post
How many have had axle breaking problems because of a 2 or 3 inch lift?? You might not be "binding" but are we putting more stress on the axle joints?

I know of a front and a rear on a friends machine with under 1000 miles and my front with 700 miles on it just broke with a 2 inch lift? I don't want to get into listing manufactures of the lift kits. Thanks not the point of this thread..

Bought 2" RZRTECH Lift and never had any problems... 1500 miles so far...

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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

I build on 2 racers that we've had multiple axle/cv failures on. they both have the same suspension package, and it holds them off the ground like a lift, 14" of ground clearance.
I think that the axle angle with the +2 rear wheel base lenghtened might be too much.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

I run 28" Dot =heavy super swamper tsl 's on 14 inch itp ss rims every day on my rzr with a 2" lift. My other tires are 29.5 Outlaws also on itp ss wheels. No issues yet and I will say I do run mine pretty hard. I see a lot of people snapping them because they do not get off the throttle soon enough and just spin the crap out of the tires, When you run big tires and spin the crap out of them you risk them catching solid bite and snapping axles. I agree the Super ATV axles would be a good deal if you need new ones.
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Re: axle breaking problems because of lift kits

hhhhmmmm, reposted automatically? I posted this on the 11th. How would that happen?
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