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Old 01-08-2006, 06:22 PM
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Axle HELP!!!

Really had to scratch my head on this one today!
Got a Ford 9" in our 69 Camaro, don't ask it came that way.
The ring/pinion lash is way out so I started taking it apart. Got to the access hole on the wheel flange to find out it's about 11/16 BUT the bearing flange nut behind it is 3/4!!!!!!!! Can't get a socket to the bearing flange nuts!!!
Couldn't get an open-end in either cause we have the Wilwood 4 wheel disk and Emergency Brake set up so I had to take the whole damn emer. brake apart before I could get an open-end on the nuts.
Here's the $64,000 question:
Do I mill out the "wheel flange access hole" or get smaller "bearing flange stud/nuts"?
Any help would really make sleeping a lot easier tonight, so many thanks if you have an answer!!!

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Old 01-08-2006, 06:44 PM
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That's weird. I've been in the process of tearing apart my first 9 incher. The nuts were indeed 11/16...socket went right through the opening. You did what I would have recommended...remove all of the brake workings to get a wrench on it.
I would go back to the original studs and bolts unless there's a reason not too someone else comes up with. Can't imagine what though. Beats milling the opening.
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Axle HELP

Thanks 3100. I just went out and looked everything over and I have "Moser" axles, that much I know. I looked over the bearing retainer flange and the tube holes. The flange holes all look like they're supposed to have the large studs/nuts. I think maybe someone at Moser got the measuring mixed up. I guess the only real solution is to make the hole bigger. But I'm not real comfortable with milling out the access hole. Whattya think?
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Well isn't that special?!!!

Could you possibly fit just the socket between the axle flange and the nut, and then stick the extension thru the access hole?

If your 3/4" socket is too deep to do that, could you buy a cheap one and grind it down?

How about one of those offset box-end wrenches ... could you sneak one of those in there?

If all else fails, the previous owner should know ... he must have got them tightened somehow!!!
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I don't see that as a huge deal unless you're really taking away a large portion of metal and decreasing it's integrity.
From what you've described, you're not going to have to shave that much off and there shouldn't be any problems.
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Excuse Me?

AAhh, "66GMC" did you read the part about the "emergency brake"?
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Thanks 3100, I'm probably gonna have to do some milling. What you said does make sense.
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Excuse me, too.

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AAhh, "66GMC" did you read the part about the "emergency brake"?
Admittedly, yes ... I must have missed that.
You have a slight advantage on the rest of us ... you KNOW what it looks like

There's gotta be a way ... the reverse of how it was assembled...

Lotsa luck. Be sure to let us know how you solved this.
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Whoever did the origingal work must have put the bolts/nuts in place then, built the braking up.
This stuff is fresh in my mind! I disassembled mine yesterday, cleaned and painted today. Having never done one before, I was going slooooow and looking at everything, taking pictures, stratching my head, etc...
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Answer!!!!

Just wanted to update all those that took a look at this.
Got hold of the good folks at Moser Engineering who claim they never heard of such a thing with their axles! They offered to drill it out though. I cant' see paying FedEx that kind of service charge though.
Moser approved my die cutter opening of the hole. Problem solved. All their machining is hand done so it was NOT a computer glitch. Maybe a human glitch? I think I should go play Mega Millions with this kind of luck.
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