Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Scored 1 axle, but need another.
Well, a few reasons for choosing Toy axles.
1) They are fairly stout. From what I've learned/been told, they are the same diameter and spline count as a D60. And the birfs (longfields) and shafts (4140s) can be upgraded too. After talking to Toy guys on and off-list, they agree that the axles survive 36" tires on well-built Mini's. Since the Sammy is over a 1000# lighter, these should do well with 37"s on a Sam.
2) Ease of conversion. I'm familiar with AISIN axles, since they make the ones for Suzuki. I've done most of my homework and it should be straight forward to do. And the diff is off-center making this easier to convert than an DANA axle. Basically, flip the tube upsidedown, spin the diff 180*, cut and spin the knuckle balls, and swap knuckles end to end. The drain and fill plugs and breather tube require relocation, but it ain't no big thing
3) Because they are AISIN, which thru a very loose interpretation of the by-laws in my "How to be an ultra-purist Zukaholic" handboook , I can get away with. I was going to do a D44/Kick hybrid front, but I actually freaked out around 2am one evening thinking the world would come to an end if DANA axle parts found their way under my rig.
4) Easy-to-find parts and reduction of spare parts in my trail box. While finding a spare Sammy birf at a Zook event is easy, finding custom DANA axles fro a hydrid isn't. And with so many folks adding Toy axles to Zooks, the chance of me findind one is better that the DANA option. Plus, my trail box used to have 2 rear shafts, 2 front inner shafts, and 1 birf. Now I can carry just 2 front inner shafts and 1 birf and fix either side, front or rear.
So, yeah, that's why. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]