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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 09:04 PM
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measuring for custom axles

I need some instructions on how to measure my housing for custom length axles.The housing is a front dana 44 from a scout, with the long side narrowed a bit. The ring and pinion are set up in the housing. Do I just measure from the inside of the splines on my locker to where the u-joints should be? Or is there more to it.Thanks for any help. Joe.
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Re: measuring for custom axles

Here is how I do it...
You know that the axle turns on the ball joints, so I take the tape rule and shove it in the axle tube untill I see it hit the center pin of the diff. I measure to the center of between the ball joints. This only works on open diffs, but I usually dump an old diff into the housing to make the measurment. I just ordered chromoly shafts for my front d-44 and I was able to order off the shelf ones and cut them down a tiny bit rather than spend the $$$ on custom lengths.
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Re: measuring for custom axles

I am using a full spool in the front, dont know why I called it a locker above.So no center pin. I will measure from the inside of the splines to the center of the nuckles on the short side, then check my measurments against the short axle to see if this will work for me. Thanks for the reply. Joe
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Re: measuring for custom axles

Since you're getting custom shafts, why don't you ask the shaft shop what measurement they want?
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I have talked to moser, but I couldnt make the guy on the phone understand that the housing was narrowed. I know how to measure axles for replacement, but not the housing for custom length axles. I am going to call currie later today and see if they can help me.
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Re: measuring for custom axles

1. There are some constants, <ul type="square">[*]The diff width.[*]Wheel flange/brake backplate assembly.[/list]2. The difference is the length of the axle tubes.
4. IMHO... measure: <ul type="square">[*]Distnace from WMS to WMS (Wheel Mounting Surface)[*]Length of EACH tube (unless it's a centered diff).[/list]5. May I suggest reading Measuring Axle Width, in PDF format.
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Re: measuring for custom axles

Thanks Leve, that link made me feel better about my measurements. This is what I am going with.I am going to use the short side as a trial. I will measure from the back of of the splines on the spool to the center of the nuckles, then measure the shotr axle and see if I get the same numbers. If so I will go that route with the long side. Thanks for all the help. Joe.
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