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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-19-2000, 08:13 PM
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Birfield rings! read this

Just finished installing my new SpiderTrax Birfield rings, WHAT A PAIN IN THE A**!!!!!!!
Pressed on just fine. ground the inside of the knuckle, ok, the damn thing still hits!! Downloaded the new photo of a 'prepared' knuckle from SpiderTrax site and compared the two, It looked ok to me, finally after 4 hours of grinding, checking, cleaning, grinding, ect.... found out that more than SpiderTrax says needs to be grinded.
Anyho anybody else have this problem??? and anyone purchasing or installing some Rings I have some photos that will show the EXACT stuff that needs to be removed.
Just pissed off now, sorry to piss and moan on the board

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2000, 05:53 PM
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Re: Birfield rings! read this

I installed the rings last year and I found there's a trick to getting the Birfield in the knucle.If memory serves ,you have to start with the stub shaft pointing down and then roll the Birfield into the knuckle.
Yeah,grinding those knucles out was a PITA.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2000, 09:28 AM
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Re: Birfield rings! read this

I hardly had to take any material off for mine-- used a hand drill & a porting
bit. Just knocked off the casting points around the seal & it fit fine-- nowhere else. All housings are not identical in production. I recall turning the knuckle foreward helped with sliding the axes in, but you could always take the knuckles off if yours wouldn't cooperate. Some guys say this was the only way they could get theirs in.

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