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Old 02-08-2005, 07:48 AM
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Front straight axle- drag

I have a 408 stroker windsor in an 87 suzuki samurai setup for street/drag. I made the current front axle from 2x2 square tubing using the original suzuki knuckles. It looks home made and ugly and caster, camber is so far off I have decided to start over. I found a place that can bend round tubing and make a straight axle but they can only do it 2.5"x .250 tubing at a reasonable price. 3" starts at about 4000$ due to needing custom dies made for my bends. Since the car only weights 2000lbs is this size tubing going to be ok for a straight axle? I dont know much about front axles or the sizes they should be.


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Old 02-08-2005, 08:17 AM
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Actually 2" would be plenty strong enough for that light car and would weigh considerably less than 2.5". 2" x 1/4" is the standard size tubing used in racing and hot rod beam axles.
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ok second question can I use Heim joints on the steering arms or is it better to stay with ball joints?
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Heim joints are fine for a race car. Not the greatest for street cars 'casue they are exposed to the elements and tend to wear out fast.
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