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    I have the pro comp 51's with 3.75 back spacing. I notice that my rear driver side tire has a wobble. Its not leaking so I dont think I have a bent shaft and I am not getting any noise that would make me thing the bearing is bad or that anything is loose. Its not an illusion I cleaned the tire because I thought thats what it was but I can still see it. Any ideas? Im going to pull it apart when I get off work today.
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    Swap it with the other side rim/tire... that'll let you know if it's a rim or a bent axle flange..
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    yep swap sides or if there is a garage that can handle those tires, have them spin balance just the rim without the tire.
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    Ok still no leaks and no vibration even at 75mph. The tire balanced out fine but just to be sure I swapped rims and balanced again. When I had it apart I put the lug nuts back on to hold the rotor in place and I slowly turned it and there is about a 4in section the clearly gets closer to the dust plate at the top. I then pulled the rear axle and the bearing looks good. It was hard to tell if the axle was bent (due to the the larger diameter near the end) when rolling it across a metal table. So how can I check the axle for sure(a lathe)? And could the axle tube be bent instead of the axle and would that cause these issuse? These are the stock dana 44 30 spline axles. What should be my next course of action? Thanks for the advice.
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    Either chuck the shaft in a lathe to check runout.. or maybe set it in a couple of "V" blocks to check it. A lathe would make it really easy to see any problems.
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    Yea I v blocked it the other day and its the axle shaft....sorry I didnt post that on here.
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