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Old 04-08-2007, 12:45 PM
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Is this rear bent?

I think my housing is bent. My tire is worn bald on the outer edge and the seal is leaking. I would like to get this fixed. Will it be hard to find a shop that can do this or should I just but another one?
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Possibly, ...or, the rear end could be mounted crooked....ie: right side too far forward. How is the other tire?

The seal leaking means the bearing is probably toast.
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the info. The other side was wearing better, but it is wearing a little more on the inside. Not nearly as bad. I never thought about checking front to rear. Maybe I should mount it back onto the frame and measure and go from there. I don't have any way to tell if it's bent ( no fixture to check) other then finding a shop to ck it unless there is a way to do it with something that I don't need cut on a lathe.

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rear not bent but crooked in the car im betting
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Usually if the rear is straight and mounted in the frame crooked the car will go down the road a little sideways.

I'm betting the housing is bent.


Take the wheel off, clamp a straightedge to the hubs on each side and measure for parallelism. Check the hub for straightness first, otherwise your measurements will be influenced by the crooked hub.

A good rear end shop can probably straighten that rear end out.


Another way to tell is to rotate the rear axle housing around . watch the tires, if the tops of the tires move in and out the rear is bent.

Or you can take the car with the rear end mounted to a alignment shop with a 4 wheel alignment machine, they can check it easily.

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If it's bent, which I think it is, the right side tube is bent forward from hard launches. I have a narrowed Ford 9" (without a back brace) that did the same thing. Do yourself a favor. Have it back braced when you have it straightened.

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