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Old 07-20-2006, 11:37 PM
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Narrowing a Ford 9'' rearend

Does anybody have any info about narrowing a Ford 9" rear. I know can get new housing ends at www.mittlerbros.com/rearend for $60 a pair; I'm concerned about alignment issues. I believe I can get a square, straight cut on the housing using a large tubing cutter. I've seen this done using nothing more than a long piece of threaded rod and two pieces of 1/4'' plate to clamp everything together. Will the alignment provided by this method be acceptable,or, "good enough"? Does anyone know of a company in northern CA or San Francisco bay area that can re-spline axles? One last thought, I have several rearends to play with, this will give me the opportunity to center up the pinion, if I can do this are there any advantages/disadvantages. Thanks in advance, Dave 39

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To get everything properly aligned you need a 1 1/4 or larger solid steel bar and bushings that fit inside the bearing caps on a bare center section with bushings that fit the bar and the inside of the bearing ends. You dont need new bearing ends i worked for a rearend place and unless a person wanted new ends we used used ends all the time.I used to work for www.quickperformance.com
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