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Next we stuffed a rag into the axletube to keep the gear oil from spilling out on the way home and reinstalled the unitbearing with the outer stub shaft in place. Unlike ’07-up Jeeps that can drive with the stub shafts removed, earlier Jeeps require the stub shafts to keep the unitbearings from separating. This allowed us to limp off the trail in 2WD and on back home where replacement parts awaited. If you leave the inner axleshaft in place, the U-joint will bind up and eventually cause more damage.