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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2000, 11:05 PM
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SPOA perch is causing a crack-help?

I PULLED MY AXLE OUT TO PUT ON A LOCKER SAT. AND I NOTICED THINGS WERE LOOKING PRETTY BAD AROUND ONE OF THE SPRING PERCHES.THE AXLE IS SQUISHING A LITTLE BIT AROUND IT AND THERES A COUPLE OF SMALL CRACKS FORMING AROUND THE WELDS (WHICH ARE ACTUALLY NICE WELDS). LOOKS JUST LIKE THE PICTURE ON RRO'S WEBSITE. I HAV'NT PUT THE LOCKER IN YET, DO I HAVE TO REPLACE THE WHOLE D**N THING??
COULD THAT BE WHATS CAUSING MY NEW WOBBLE WHEN I START OUT IN 1ST GEAR? THE SAM ALREADY HAD THIS LIFT ON IT FOR A-WHILE BEFORE I BOUGHT IT 8 MO. AGO. THIS PROBLEM IS PRETTY RECENT BECAUSE I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THEM A-WHILE AGO.

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Re: SPOA perch is causing a crack-help?

This is a common issue due to the SPOA pads not being welded with either a brace to the bottom pad, or welded all the way around (like with the conferr pads. Just because a weld looks nice doesn't make them strong.
You may get lucky and have reinforcement attached and not need to change out the whole axle.
Axle rap is the major cause of weak weld failure,,,
Seems I can remember bolt on SPOA pads a long time ago,but for abvious reasons they didn't go over well,,,

I can say all of this from my own trial and errors,,,
Yes, I admit I thought I was wrong once, but found out I was mistaken,,,

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Welding to the tube itself is not a good way to go. Before your axle housing is totally demolished, you could get in a set of our wraparound pads. They weld to the existing spring perches and eliminate the weakening of the axle tube and/or flattening of it. We made these things specifically because there were so many problems with standard weldon SPOA pads and the inherent weakness of the Zuk axle tubes.

Our pads are in stock and quite a bit cheaper than replacing your axle when it finally caves in.


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Re: SPOA perch is causing a crack-help?

I have the RRO spring pads and they work well, But your old pads must still be on the bottom of the axle for them to
work right. and If they are then you could allways tie your existing uppers to your lower pads with some 2"x 1/4" stock , and welding the two together. Now ifthe tube is bent and cracked I would pull the pad off drill out the
ends of the cracks and then weld it up and put a plate / piece of tube over it and tack that one in a few places and then weld the pad to that and tie it together to the old bottom one. That will spread the load out over a larger area
and help prevent future problems. BUT if the tube is dented too much It may hit the axle which is a no no to say the least. any of this repair work should be done by a good welder too. Too much heat and your screwed.
If you deciede to replace the diff then by all means use RRO pads, They will not cause any of these problems.

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Re: SPOA perch is causing a crack-help?

Thanks for the advise everyone, I really really don't want to replace the axle.
I'm going to call RRO right now. I've been looking at those pads.

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Hope you aren't in a hurry I have been waiting almost a month for mine

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