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Author Topic:   Measuring pinion angle
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted February 11, 2002 04:50 PM
What is the best or preferred way to measure pinion angle on a floater rear-end? I was trying to measure it this weekend and could not decide what the best way to measure it was!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted February 11, 2002 08:28 PM
I usually measure on the yolk where the u joint mounts. I find the flatest spot & use a digital angleometer & see what the angle is. This works for me. Make sure the car is on level ground.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted February 12, 2002 06:04 PM
I use an anglemeter on 2 of the studs that hold the pumpkin in (9" rearend)

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 183
posted February 12, 2002 06:56 PM
454, any surface that is on the same plane as the front of the pumkin yoke will work. You want that angle and the driveshaft angle, the difference is the angle you're looking to check out. If your engine is mounted at, say, 3deg lower in the back, than if it was mounted level; it would cause excessive u-joint wear. A common and safe angle to have is 6deg, start there and adjust as you feel you need to. Its best to have the car at ride height with all running gear attatched so you can move everything through its working motion to check for clearance.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted February 25, 2002 09:40 AM
OK guys straighten this out for me. Do you subtract the driveshaft angle from the yoke angle to get your true pinion angle? I thought the pinion angle was just that, the angle of the pinion itself.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted February 25, 2002 10:50 AM
Don't subtract.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted February 27, 2002 09:17 AM
Didn't think so.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 390
posted February 27, 2002 11:14 AM
I have dug in last years discussion about pinion angle and drive shaft angle....I added a post just to bring it to the front page so I didn't need to re-type things.

I went back in the street stock page and pulled up the pinion angle's titled FORWARD BITE....there is two pages of repies to that's now on the front page of the street stock tech........

If you feel there isn't enough information there let us know.......we can discuss this again. Maybe there are sharper people with new ideas on this board....[IMG]


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