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Old 01-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Default Checking axle housing for straightness

What is the best way to confirm this after the old brackes are removed and ground down?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: Checking axle housing for straightness

rotary table and test indicator in a mill?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:51 AM   #3
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Default Re: Checking axle housing for straightness

Kinda caveman-ish, I dont think its the best,
but I had it close by so I used a cold rolled rod close to the the axle size, staight thru both outer bearings and did some measuring in the middle to check overall, and a nice straight edge along the tubes to check those
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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Default Re: Checking axle housing for straightness

I just want to ensure that I did'n warp the housing when I removed the old brackets. So a simple straight edge will do?
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: Checking axle housing for straightness

You can check flanges for parallelism with a digital level.

Set the housing with carrier flange parallel to the floor.
Measure angle on both axle flanges.

Turn housing 90*, measure angle on both axle flanges.

The digital levels are quite accurate and measure down to seconds of arc.

Did my home-narrowed nine inch for the 31 roadster project this way and it's more accurate than the shop-done nine inch on my 32.

If you end up buying a digital level get the 2' model and if you need longer tape it to a longer bubble level.

I have a 4' digital and will probably cut it down one of these days.
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