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Old 08-07-2003, 10:32 PM
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lol what makes it desirable haha k well the benifits of it are:
1 it has a removable carrier which make gear changes quick and easy as well at threaded adjusters for setting pre-load
2 its has a very good after market following
3 it has positively retained axles


how ever all I'm doing is pointing out the are other choices such as the dana 60 which have all the for mentioned too. The ford 9 inch is the not the only option or even the best option

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You forgot one of the most important things. The extra bearing support for the pinion shaft keeps her tight under heavy load. Although you did do better than I had expected, 1 point for you.

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Don't forget one piece housing instead of separate axle tubes (Why do you always see those extra strut bars under Dana axles on 4X4s?), and sealed ball bearings on axle ends instead of roller bearings running directly on the axle shafts.
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Yes these are the reasons i want to use the ford 9 inch.I think we are getting off topic.I just want to find a good cheap housing with the change over brackets welded on.Can't find one for under $675.
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Should i just get a stock one and get it cut down and the brackets welded on.Is this very expensive and how durable is it.I like the fact that this way i get to buy good axles.Just don't want to have a over priced boat anker.Any input would be a big help???
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You should be able to do a top notch axle yourself for a BUNCH cheaper than any commercial one you can find. Narrowing the housing and rebracketing is quite straight forward. Cut the ends off carefully by slitting the existing weld just behind the bearing housing. Done carefully, there will be an indexing stub left that will slip into the tube after you cut it to length. Slip the axle end into the shortened tube, put an axle with a junk bearing to align it, plumb the backing plate bolt holes and weld it in place. Then weld whatever brackets you need to the housing. If you aren't secure in your welding skills, do all the setup and bracketry work and take that to a pro welder. Finally, take the housing to a well equipped machine shop or drive shaft service company and have them true it up 'cause there is inevitable warping of the tube with all the welding heat. That's it. Finally have the stock axles resplined or order a set of street axles from Moser or on of the other aftermarket suppliers. Specify street axles 'cause they are designed of softer material (still way stronger than stock) whereas racing axles are more brittle and may fail from the beating the street gives them.

The whole thing will cost from $100 to $300, less the axles depending on what you do yourself and what you farm out. The last set of axles I bought was $275/pair but they were custom made - for '56 Olds rear end to accept Buick brakes. Just narrowing a set of stock Ford 9" axles shouldn't cost any thing near that much.
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Very well said Willys, but you forgot having the flanges redrilled to fit Chevrolet wheels. A new set of Ford wheels to fit those reworked axles would push it over the $675 budget.
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Right on Prime. Redrilling hubs to new pattern would not cost anything with Moser axles and not add much with the machinist. I've done it at home on my drill press and they ran fine but probably should be left to the professional.
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Right on Prime. Redrilling hubs to new pattern would not cost anything with Moser axles and not add much with the machinist. I've done it at home on my drill press and they ran fine but probably should be left to the professional.
Willys, I hear ya... I don't think I'd have a problem re-drilling for Chevy lug studs either, providing I had a virgin wheel that fit tight to the raised center on the axle to use for a template, and a good set of centering punches. I've never done it, but I do believe I have the technology available out under that shadetree out yonder.
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