I have never known of a front axle breaking on these combines. Heard of quite a few rear axles though. Mostly on the bigger 80 series combines. My guess is the hopper extensions add too much weight. Combined with the rougher fields we have now due to zero till and wide spacing on the air drills it is more than the original design can handle. My 1660 has had no problems that way other than a split rim on the front driver's side. No tank extensions and no brake turns.
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