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dropped axle question

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  1. merc-o-madness
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,544

    merc-o-madness
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    Hi i bought an original axle that has been droppped, and i recently installed it and found out that the backing plate hits the spring perch on the original wishbone when fully turned. and it does not hit the steering stop. I measured from kingpin to kingpin on this axle and an original and found out the dropped one is a couple inches narrow.

    I was wondering if this is the norm and you just deal with a worse turning radius. Or if the guy that dropped it didnt do it right?
     
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    It is normal for a dropped original axle to be a bit narrower than the stock axle. That is how part of the drop comes about, up and in as you will.
     
  3. NielsK
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
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    NielsK
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    from Denmark

    It's possible to stretch AND drop an axle at the same time.
    I´ve made a couple myself, and they only differed 1/8 inch from stock.
    Niels
     
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  4. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
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    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

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  5. doctorZ
    Joined: Apr 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,243

    doctorZ
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    what year is the axle/ wishbones? do you plan on splitting the wishbones? that will inevitably narrow the perch centers so long as they are 1935+ bones.
     
  6. Oh man! I just learned about this today, so I am still processing. Basically it all has to do with what parts you have and how they are set up. The later axles the perch holes are to close to the kingpin hole. thus the wishbone is closer, when you spit them and move the bones outward to the frame rails it makes it worse.

    But basically to answer your question, yes it is common to see a axle dropped and not stretched.
     
  7. thesupersized
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,357

    thesupersized
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    im merc o madness's brother

    the axle and wishbones are all 37-41 (41 ford truck) unsplit bones, posies spring,
    here is a picture, we bought the speedway deep stainless dropped arms (which actually seems like they will still hit the wishbones, not sure), however they are not shown in the picture as the backing plate is just sitting there...we have the stop nuts in the front of the axle...and the backing plate hits the spring perch before the stop nut
     

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  8. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,453

    cvstl
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    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I would put it all together and then see if you have a problem. When you connect the tie rod, the rear lock (or tire rubbing on the wishbone) on the left side will probably limit your turn before this side hits the perch.

    I'll look tomorrow, I've still got a stock 37 front end and I'll turn it lock to lock and check it out.
     

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