I'm starting this thread to show you guys how much axle tubes are bent on your run of the mill 8.8. I had a conversation with a fellow last week who asked about getting tubes welded up. When I explained the process said individual seemed surprised and said " I've never had my axles straightened, just welded." Sure you can weld up the tubes, but the axle has to be straightened before welding to be done right and the rechecked and re-straightened if needed after welding. If this is not done you are creating a situation for bearing failure which can cause a lot of other bad things to happen where you have likely spent a good amount of money. The bearings will have unnecessary friction placed on them and create more rolling resistance too. Anyway here are some pics showing you a standard 8.8 with alignment bar bolted into it. This is not an optical illusion. The tube is really that bent. This is the passenger side. Driver's side is not as bad, but bent in a different direction. I am going to take this to the pressure washer and clean / degrease it really good. Then I will straighten it and weld the tubes up and recheck it when welding is complete. I will post pics when it is complete.