Looking for some advice on a front axle predicament. In my rebuild I found out that my front axle globe ear was bent: My buddy / partner in crime through my rebuild is a lumberyard fleet mechanic and Yacht chief engineer. He came over last weekend and we tried to carefully bend it back, figuring we had nothing left to lose since most people and machinists (and guys on here) said it wouldn't work - and they were right. We ended up trying on a press, each of two port-a-powers, and no luck. Ended up pretty much as expected - now I have another anchor to add to my pile of anchors! Yesterday I went to JW Jeep and picked through their D27s to source a replacement tube. Found what (I thought) was a good one off a 1970 Wagonner. I checked the ears with a mic, checked inside the diff, all looked good so I brought it home, cleaned it up, bolted up the carrier and knuckles, spindles, rotors, (disc conversion), Warn hubs etc. for a dry fit, and everything spun smooth and looked perfect....until it didn't. My buddy stopped by last night after work to check over my work, and in taking a closer look, we realized the tube is slightly bent on both sides (in these pics the straight edge is lying flat on the machined differential cover surface): In comparing this to the D27 that came with my CJ, that axle housing is also bent, but not nearly as bad. So - this much of a bend is unrunnable / dangerous / not acceptable, correct? Should I go back to JW today and let them know they sold me a bent tube and see if they will exchange it for a better one (that I need to do a much better, more careful look at before I walk away with one, right)? I'm concerned from having read other posts on here that most axles this old sitting in a parts yard are all going to be bent to some degree...but I don't want to run something unsafe when I'm going to all the trouble of this rebuild.