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Bent Axle

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JTB, Nov 8, 2001.

  1. JTB

    JTB 1/2 ton status

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    I noticed that my wheels were sitting at a slight angle. My axle housing appears to be a little bent. I plan on straightening it out with a bottle jack and and chain and then trussing it (it is a 12 bolt). How do I measure straightness? Do I need to build a jig or is there some easier way? I don't think that eyeballing it is sufficient. Any ideas?
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  2. 82GMC

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    Re: Bant Axle

    Why don't you send a PM to DepDog. He bent his 12 bolt a while back, I don't remember what he used to straighten it, But he also put a bad arse truss on it. You could get some ideas from him I'm sure.

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  3. JTB

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    Re: Bant Axle

    I will send DepDog a PM, thanks 82GMC
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    If you've decambered or cambered your axle, you can simply straighten it and measure the camber at the wheels with an angle finder (if you're on a flat, level surface) to ensure you got the tires vertical. You'll then need to make some toe measurements to ensure you won't be feathering the tires. Use a couple of paint cans and a long 2x4 (place the 2x4 on top of the paint cans - the paint cans are there to get the 2x4 above the tire bulge).
     
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    Or if you've got connections just replace the axle, whole lot easier I would think ,and 12 bolts are real common. Then there is no question if you got it right or not

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    I had a 12 bolt that was bent pretty badly to the point it was leaking alot out of the housing where the tubes go in.i got a ConFerr super skid axle truss and put that on.I then put a floor jack under the middle,jacked it up til the tires were off the ground, and cranked down the nuts on each end.It stayed straight after that.

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