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longracing25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted October 02, 2002 01:25 PM
Another newbie question here.......i'm getting ready to put together a 9" for my metric. I have a housing(with metric mounts) and a built 3rd member. But, i have no experiance building a rearend. Is there any website with helpfull info and photos on assembling one?...or is there a good book?

longracing25
Dirt Maniac

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posted October 28, 2002 03:33 AM
Any ideas?

powerglides
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted October 28, 2002 10:18 AM
Richmond Gear makes a video, call them and order it.

longracing25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted October 28, 2002 12:42 PM
Is that for setting up the 3rd member? I need info on assembling the whole rearend.

outlawstock17
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posted October 28, 2002 02:47 PM
long, assembling a 9" is a piece of cake.

silicone the housing around the 10 studs the 3rd member fits onto, or use a gasket. stab the 3rd member in and tighten the nuts.

if you have a sealed bearing axle, you'll need to CAREFULLY install the axle seals with a seal driver until they bottom out in the housing. if your housing uses a tapered roller bearing, the seal will be on the outside of the bearing on the axle itself. if this is the case you will have to install a bearing race into the housing.

you can install new bearings on the axles with a long section of 1 3/4" tubing. use the tube to drive the new bearings into place. don't forget to install the axle retainer BEFORE you drive the bearing on. on tapered roller bearing axles, you'll need to put the seal in between the retainer and the bearing. be sure to grease the seal where it contacts the axle. i always spot weld the bearing "ring" to the axle to make sure it stays put.

i use a cutting torch to CAREFULLY remove the old bearings. you don't have to cut them all the way through to the axle, just get them good and hot and they will come off relatively easy.

if it's a sealed bearing, grease the axle where it contacts the seal and slide it in the housing until it engages into the splines. use a hammer to LIGHTLY tap the axle in until the bearing bottoms out in the housing. if it's a tapered roller bearing, just slide it in and seat the seal. tighten the axle retainer bolts, repeat for the other side and you're done.

did i miss anything guys?

hoosier_baby_3D
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted November 01, 2002 02:26 PM
No outlaw, I don't think you missed anything. I have recently seen a magizine, and I wished that I could remember the name, but they make 9" ford rearends for all different makes of metric cars. I am pretty sure that is alot less expensive to do it yourself. We have never had any problems with ours.

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hoosier_baby_3D
Dirt Maniac

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posted November 01, 2002 03:42 PM
the company that makes the 9" ford rearends website is www.currieenterprises.com

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longracing25
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted November 02, 2002 04:52 AM
Thanks.....I have a rearend with the metric mounts on it, i bought it from a fellow racer for $150( housing with metric mounts, drums, and left axle) what i wasn't for sure about is the assembling of the axle ends. Just looking at the end of the axle as i pull it in and out....i can't tell if there is supposed to be a seal or a rubber gasket or something to keep the oil in. Dumb question i know.......

FirstLight7
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted November 02, 2002 05:18 AM
I think the seal is in the housing tube. It may be located just behind the wheel bearing retainer and should remain in the housing when you pull the axle.

dirtracer7
Dirt Maniac

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posted November 02, 2002 10:00 AM
If you don't see a seal between the bearing and retaining plate then its inside the tube.

hoosier_baby_3D
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posted November 02, 2002 10:27 AM
Longracing, there is not really any dumb questions bc if you don't know, by askin, someone probably can help you out!!
Oh, by the way I would say the seal is in the tube.

Good Luck on your "modification". It isn't that hard!

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