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Shaving 10b front

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Hossbaby50, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    How much can I shave my 10 bolt front axle and still have enough meat left? I rockcrawl so I will probably slam the diff pretty hard. How much is ok and how much is to much?

    I already shaved about 1/8" and smoothed the diff this afternoon but kinda want to shave more. Thanks

    Harley
     
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    If you see gear oil stop!!
     
  3. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    The front end takes a LOT of abuse when you happen to get some air time. I would be concerned that removing too much metal could make the housing too weak to handle the stress of re-entry. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    I'm no expert in the field... but it seems to me that removing metal from an already weak axle would cause problems... unless said axle was under the front of a rig that weighed a lot less than a stock blazer/PU...
     
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    I cut off the ears with a hacksaw and ground off about 1/8" all the way around including the top of the case. I then blended the lip into the rest of the case.

    After that, I went around and removed all the surface defects from the case. Especially on the driver's side on the webbing. I then went around the case with a stiff wire wheel and "polished" it with that. After that I ran a sanding flap thing-a-ma-bob to smooth it out even more.

    If you really want to beef up the case then I'd run a thicker cover. I'd also run a tap into the holes to tap further into the case. I'd then run some ARP bolts in it. That'll get rid of a lot of the flexing of the case.

    The weakest part is still where the driver's side tube goes into the housing. They always break right there.
     
  6. Hossbaby50

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    I picked up another cover today to plate with 1/4" plate for frontal abuse. I think I will just call it quites with the 1/8" removed and blended.

    Harley
     

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