just wondering....I know there are many one piece axle shaft conversions for the 20 and full floaters, but besides that the only problem with the 20 is the axle tube spinning problem(fixed with a few welds) and the tube bending problem. does anyone have any ideas to beef the tubing on it, like a home made truss or something? Just don't want to spend big bucks on a custom axle if I don't have to.
push your limits, be extreme...anything less and you'll never learn.
A guy from Arkansas (I think) that was entered in our Rock Crawling competition last May had an idea I've never seen but was working real well for him He found some tubing that could be forced over the existing tubing (was a tight fit) and then welded to the pumpkin. It came out even/level with the flange on the pumpkin, and looked stronger than hell. No truss necessary.
I made my own heavy duty AMC 20 wide track with ½ wall tubes. There is no way this will ever bend and with one-piece axles it’s better than a Dana 44. I have $125.00 invested and lots of time. I work in a machine shop so the machine work was free. I designed the whole thing on a CAD system so I had blue prints to work from.
I've been thinking about adding a truss too. One of my ideas was similar to the one cjjeepercreeper said he saw. I was going to take some tubing that would fit snugly around the existing tubing, split it in half and then put it around the existing tubing welding back together and to the diff housing. Does anyone see any problems with this and do you think just running the new tube out to where the spring mounts to the existing tube would be far enough or should it go to the end?