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Author Topic:   Ford 9" VS 9" Floater - Difference?
posted May 08, 2003 07:01 AM
9" has bolt in axles, floater has slide in axles with bolt on hubs if an axle would brake on a floater the axle will stay in very seldom will you see the wheel come of of a floater thus being very much more safer

posted May 08, 2003 10:15 AM
At our track our class can't run floaters, seems to me if they are safer, why not run 'em? Is there some kind of performance advantage? jus curious

posted May 09, 2003 11:57 PM
the advantage is you can get light weight hubs, rotors,and axles for a floater another thing might be is if you are not alowed to run disk brakes you have to run disks on a floater

posted May 10, 2003 07:36 AM
Disadvantages??? Cost. Our track used to outlaw them, then two years ago said we "could" run a floater or aftermarket axles. Then after we spent $500 on aftermarket axles for our bolt-on GM axles, they now "require" floaters. Basically, it'll cost you $1600 minimum to put a new one with brakes and gear under the car. You can buy used, but should have it checked thoroughly by someone who know floaters. My 2 cents.

posted May 10, 2003 08:33 AM
There is a small performance advantage in that the floater, the axle never has any weight on it, which reduces bind in the driveline. This in itself will produce a few horses when you are in the turns. The actual housing takes the beating instead of the axle because of the location of the bearings.


posted May 11, 2003 03:10 PM
Our track doesn't allow floaters at this time. I have been lobbying for them for two years. Word is we will be allowed to run them next year. We have had three axles break in each of the last two seasons. And if you already have a center section ready ( if you are already running a 9" ford) you can buy a floater from winston cup, or find one around from the super stocks. Another added bonus: no more going to the junk yard. And replacing parts, and general maintenance is a snap. just my two cents, thanks

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