posted April 12, 2004 10:53 AM
I got squeezed into the front straight wall saturday night (a brutle trip from a 5th row start to the win) .... bent up a beadlock pretty bad, so I figured I should check my rear housing for straightness.
I know this topic comes up from time to time and since I now have a digital camera and have figured out how to post a pic ..... I thought I would show the simplist (accurate) method for checking a housing.
I would have taken pics of the straitening process as well (and locating the bend laterally on the tube) .... but it turns out my rear was within .015" on both sides and needed no repair.
In this pic, you see the rear as a complete assembly (brakes and center section are still in), tires on, sitting up on wheels ..... with a dial indicator (my first choice) or a tape measure (measuring to a nearby fixed object), measure from the side of the tire near the top ..... rotate the rearend slowly (thanks mansfief, guess I was a little vauge), when the reading increases (or the "taped" measurement decreases) you have found the high point of the bend. Check both sides.
1/16" (.067") total variance is often considered OK, although I like it closer (.030").
[This message has been edited by c21 (edited April 13, 2004).]