Solid Axles for AMC 20

City
Westminster
State
Md
#1
Guys

I still have two piece axles in my 8. I want to stay simple and stock as possible.

Will solid axles allow me to do some lite duty wheeling.
 

ag4ever

Average Nut
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City
Richmond
State
TX
#2
Don’t know first hand, but I have heard solid axles and a truss makes the amc20 stronger than a d44, but not as strong as a d60. Take this with a grain of salt since I’ve got no first hand experience with it.

Searchers out of Louisiana sells a truss kit for the amc20.
 

Jeep Addict

Scrambler Junkie
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City
Baton Rouge
State
La
#3
Searchers is great. Phillip is a legit engineer and puts out some incredible work. He's about five minutes from me.
 

Hoover

CJ-8 Member
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City
Livingston
State
AL
#6
After not knowing enough to maintain (retorque) the hubs on my original two-piece axles over a twenty year period, I finally spun one on my 7. I went back in with the Mosers, and have been very pleased. Although I'm not a heavy wheeler, the AMC 20 has been strong enough for me (some towing and mired in several mudholes). Searchers was just getting started when I left BR, but admire their work and would strongly consider using them if hopping rocks was my bag.

Hoov
 

Ron84cj

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City
West Bend
State
WI
#7
When you weld the tubes to the center section. Do NOT weld all the way around. Do 4 one inch long welds. As far as one piece axles, I have definitely heard a lot of great things about Misers. I personally have 10 Factory axles. They were $100 cheaper and they work great.
 

Hoover

CJ-8 Member
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City
Livingston
State
AL
#8
When you weld the tubes to the center section. Do NOT weld all the way around. Do 4 one inch long welds. As far as one piece axles, I have definitely heard a lot of great things about Misers. I personally have 10 Factory axles. They were $100 cheaper and they work great.
Given that my axles are about to come out of the scrambler I'm building, I'd like to reinforce those tubes with welds. This may be considered a noob question, but can they be safely made without disassembling the axle? Or would the heat potentially cause damage to the carrier/bearings?

Hoov
 

Ron84cj

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City
West Bend
State
WI
#9
That is the reason why you don't weld all the way around. It builds up too much heat. The 4 stitch welds are more than enough. Install the one peice axles and you are good to go. If you start wheeling hard enough to require a truss, I personally would be looking at something a whole lot more heavy duty than an AMC 20. Just my opinion.
 

Hoover

CJ-8 Member
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City
Livingston
State
AL
#10
Thanks, makes sense on the stitch welds. As for heavy wheeling, I've heard the same suggestions from others on the 20, especially from a cost perspective. Mine hasn't let me down yet, but it only takes the one time-

Hoov
 
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