Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Jim, unless you've got some lasers and sights, the only way I know for the average guy is to lay a long perfectly straight piece of metal across the inside of the tubes and check for clearance between the tube and the housing. That's not going to be easy. Then, if it is bent, how do you propose to fix it without a couple of 100 ton presses and jigs?
As for how far out can it go... check the slop in a new set of bearings, cut the slop in half and that's about the amount of out of round/straight tolerance you can have. But the axle will still be running crooked,and that is going to wear the seal.
Unless you have the equipment to check for true and restore the axle tubes if their bent... it may be a good idea to take this one into a shop.
With your shop, and experience, IMHO, you'd be better off removing the tubes and lathing new thicker tube stock for insertion and welding. The you'd just have to make the jig to hold everything true when you're welding. But at least you know you'd be starting with straight tubes.