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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-13-2000, 07:29 AM
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Three Wheel F150

Hey All,
I took my rice burner to a local garage for some brake work, while I was filling out the service form a flat bed tow truck came in with a three wheeled F150. I talked to the owner of the F150 (he was a bit shaken) and he said he saw his rear tire and axel pass him on the highway right before he lost it and went into the weeds. This is the same rear end that is on our Broncos right? Has anyone heard of this before and what can be done to do to keep it from happening?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-13-2000, 08:18 AM
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Re: Three Wheel F150

His C clip in the axle went to lunch and never returned. How do you prevent it? You don't if you beat your rig on a regular basis (you play, you pay). There are C clip elimination kits. I never used one so I don't know the prices, but I heard it's not cheap. It probably wouldn't hurt to check the condition of your diffs. every once in a while to see what condition your components are in.

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Re: Three Wheel F150

Did the same thing with my TJ (33's) at 14,000 miles. Reider Racing - Michigan Driveline (not to mention names or anything) didn't tighten the lug nuts on my wheels. Tore her up bad but after new shocks, springs, etc. I found out they they did same thing to my rear driveshaft a week later as soon as I hit 75MPH. Split the t-case and shattered the yokes. Claimed it was my fault and I did it on purpose to sue a big company. Like I have nothing better to do than endanger my life and destroy my brand new toy. The GM card refused to stop payment and claimed it was my responsibility to check their work before signing off. Anyway it's not fun and very expensive. My Jeep is a off-road mostly toy now as I won't drive it at highway speeds.

Once it's in the dirt all the pains are soon forgotten.

The post CJ Jeeps also do the c-clip thing and full floating kits now exist to eliminate the need for the c-clip. I have the Dana-44 so it's not a problem. Check the Warn site and see if they do a Ford 8.8 kit.

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Re: Three Wheel F150

Bryan is right. Warn offers a Full-Floating Axle Kit for the 8.8 Axle. That's one way to ensure that you're not 3-Wheeling it.

Bryan: I had some work done at Michigan Driveline, too. They sold me some cheap, generic axle shafts instead of giving me the Moser shafts that I asked for. After less than a year, the Shafts wore out at the bearing surface. They did give me a refund, but only after my truck was in pieces for a week and a half. I think that Michigan Driveline went out of business.

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Re: C-clip Eliminators and Full Floaters for 8.8

I was looking at putting a ford 8.8 axle under a Jeep and saw the C-clip eliminators and thought it would be a great way to make the rear stronger. Only problem is that this kit was designed for dragstrip applications, not offroading and wasn't built for the sideforces seen offroad. Its main design was to keep the back wheel on a mustang after the axle snapped so it could coast to the end of the strip.

The full floater looks like the way to go for off-road use, but I've heard its pricey.

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Re: Three Wheel F150

My friend and F/R ARB's installed, the next day they were full of sand and a few bolts were missing from his front diff cover. They cleaned it up but charged him for the labor. I doubt that they went out of business. I'm sure the customers set the place on fire. I've been going to Drivetrain Specialists and the R&P shop in Lake Orion (Pontiac). The R&P shop near me is a touch more expensive but they have done great work. Drivetrain Specialists is near Reider Racing and has done custom conversions for me, the R&P does only stock R&R.

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Re: Three Wheel F150

Bryan: I called Reider Racing a while back and asked to get connected to Michigan Driveline. The guy at Reider told me that all of the Technicians quit, so they went out of business. Ring and Pinion work is the only thing I've ever paid to have done, but next time I might try to fix it myself. Lake Orion is a little too far from house. I'll have to look up Drivetrain Specialists. Thanks.

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