Wow, how time flies. It’s once again time for another Throwback Thursday? Let’s do everything we can to make this a great day. The arrival of the day after Humpday means another week is almost over. For this week’s look back, I thought we would check out an article published in March 2018. Yes, I’m going back a few years, but the information is still relevant.
It was a long time ago when we published this article with help from Moser Engineering, and in it, we discussed how to avoid messing up a perfectly good rearend. The article, Info You Need To Know Before Modifying The Rearend In Your Ride, explains all about being sure you adhere to all of the driveline alignment rules so you don’t have any unwanted vibrations or wear issues. In the article, we spoke with Jeff Anderson at Moser and asked him a few questions about what to consider when getting your rearend in gear to fit wider rims and tires.
We started by asking Jeff, what are some considerations when wanting to cut and re-spline axles? “Cut and re-spline is an option that we offer for some that are on a budget and/or trying to use a pair of axles that otherwise would have been thrown away. It does require planning and checking of some basic dimensions to make sure it is possible before sending the axles to us. We always advise calling us with this basic information before sending them in.”
In the original article, Jeff also gets into what you need to consider when cutting a rearend housing. Considerations about pinion angle and spring-perch mounting are very important.
“Narrowing a rearend isn’t difficult if you have some experience and some specialized tools,” Jeff originally stated. “Most importantly is an alignment bar. This is a device that maintains the alignment at four different points in the housing. Basically, it aligns both ends of the housing so they are true with the machined areas in the center for the carrier bearings. It utilizes a straight and solid rod that goes thru all four points to maintain alignment during the tacking and welding process. If all four bearings are not aligned, shortened axle and carrier bearing life is almost guaranteed.”
There is a lot more interesting and what might seem surprising information in the original article, and to learn more, you really need to check out, Info You Need To Know Before Modifying The Rearend In Your Ride. Check back with us often, as we’ll be sure to bring you more great tech you can use.