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65shelby 09-23-2011 08:09 PM

dropped axle
Any recommendations on a drop axle complete kit supplier? Who makes the best? Thank you

35terraplane 09-23-2011 10:05 PM

Dropped axle

Originally Posted by 65shelby
Any recommendations on a drop axle complete kit supplier? Who makes the best? Thank you

Super Bell makes them, I have used one on a 40, but I won't get into which one is best. :nono: :nono: Good way to get people po at each other. :sweat: :rolleyes: :pain:


OneMoreTime 09-23-2011 11:07 PM

speedway carries the complete units..all the pieces that you need..


user151 09-25-2011 12:37 PM

Chassis Engineering (West Branch, Iowa) has forged dropped axles, forged spindles, and all the other parts you need. They also have sets (kits?).

65shelby 09-25-2011 05:20 PM

drop axle
thank you 151, I will check them out. i was just hoping to hear others opinions on what works good and what they are happy with as well. I-beam vs tube, hairpins vs 4 link and bones, spring over vs spring behind, mono leaf vs multi etc.....thanks again

Deuce 09-25-2011 09:57 PM

I always use the TCI axle and 4 bar pieces.

They sit low and handle well ...

Some years ago, Rod & Custom magazine had a article about a road test. It was Gray Baskerville's 32 roadster Versus Jerry Kugel's Jaguar IFS/IRS 32 roadster. Baskerville's roadster beat the Kugel roadster in a few areas. Overall the test was considered a draw. A well set up 4 bar dropped axle car handles very well.

BOTH ... the 32 roadsters are well known in the Hot Rod world ... and BOTH are in the Los Angeles area.


Mojo56 09-25-2011 11:48 PM

I like Henry's original axles...they look the best IMHO and are genuine forged from Ford's own recipe steel.

Chassis engineering would be my second choice. I have had two and they are nice units but not as pretty as the Ford units.

Depending on what style of car you are building you can use a split wishbone, hairpin or four bar.... your choice but split bones and hair pins look 'right' on an open wheel car...again IMHO.

I prefer P&J or SoCal hairpins and batwings.

user151 09-26-2011 05:27 AM

It is said that if you use a tube axle, use four bars (not hairpins or bones).
Since a forged I beam is more flexible, you can use any locating system.

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