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Author Topic:   rear end straightening
dode
Member
posted July 11, 2002 10:39 AM
Ok...we have a ford 9" that has been bent. I can tell there is a crease in one of the axle tube right near the housing. I get the feeling this is a very custom axle tube to fit under our car (it appears that one side has been shortened to make both axles the same length. Anyway, is there some way I can either cut the housing and weld it back together to get it straight, or something? We seriously do not have the budget to buy a whole new housing (well, I could but I don't have a jig to set it up, and it has to be 31 spline to work with our center sections). I know rear ends are shortened all the time, so this couldn't be that much different. I though about notching the housing where it is bent, bending it back, and then rewelding it very carefully so as not to get it too hot and warp it. Would this work? I guess if it doesn't, I am not out anything. Does anyone have any other ideas? Thanks.

John

uforacing51
Member
posted July 12, 2002 04:50 PM
You can certainly try what you say in your post, just be ready for a dissapointment. I would try to find a person who can make it straight and see if they will sponsor you a fix and repair job.


killermiller
Member
posted July 13, 2002 01:22 PM
I had the same situation happen to mine. I pull the axles out and chained it to my trailer with a 20 jack under the bent part and basically bent it back... its not perfect but got me back on the track till I can afford a new one... good luck


merlinmech
Member
posted July 13, 2002 10:17 PM
It might be cheaper in the long run to have it fixed right. I had one bent and did'nt know it and trashed an axel and spool, not to mention a bunch of bearings. Just a caution for ya. Good luck.


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