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"Franklin" Quick Change Rearend, Need Input!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldfart36, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. I have a chance to pickup a Franklin quick change. I would like your opinions on this brand of quickchange compared to others. Good, bad, parts accessability etc. I'm guessing the setup is approx. 5 years old.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. 5wcoupehunter
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 902

    from FLORIDA

    I have one in my coupe and I love it,but they do make noise.
  3. theczking
    Joined: Dec 17, 2009
    Posts: 99


    Have owned and ran a few . parts interchange with winters quick change. my had 31 splines same as 9 inch ford, kool looking very strong but straight cut gears make them noisy on the street (worth it for the looks) easy to find parts talk to your old roundy round buddies
  4. seabeecmc
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 991


    Probably a Frankland. We prefer Halibrand. Regards, Ron

  5. Morgan91
    Joined: Sep 12, 2010
    Posts: 560

    from Australia

    my old man has got one in his pickup, its huge! but sounds awesome with the straight cut gears in the back!
  6. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,585

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    Frankland is as good as any. They were the choice of short track stock car racers for years.
  7. That guys. This one was in a road course car and looks like it has very little ware. I assume different gears are fairly easy to get?
  8. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,145


    New from Speedway Motors, but cheap and easy to find at swap meets (race-oriented meets, at least).

    Just looked and speedway has them at "Garage Sale" prices. $21.99 for standard gears and $29.99 for heavy duty. Also, there look to be several good deals on eBay.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011
  9. Darkhorse
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 64


    I have one in my roadster and it has beveled gears. In an open car, it is just loud enough to let you know it is there, nothing excessive. Customer service is good and the guys there are very knowledgeable.
  10. Cool Thanks Guys. Speedway is one of the reasons I wondered, they never put things on sale unless they are not very popular.;)
  11. tpahemi
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 27


    Mr. FRanklin Jr. still in busines : Franklinrearends? He has a home ans shop in Balm, Fla. about 15 miles southeat of Tamoa.
  12. smittythejunkman
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 86


    I've got the Franklin quick change with 3/4 ton ford ring and pinion and the bevel cut clincher gears for the changeable gear set in my 32 ford, this is the first time I have rebuilt and run any quick change but its dead quiet and easy to set up and work on
    I bought parts from several manufactures to repair it winters,Franklin and tiger all were good but the guys at tiger rear ends in north Carolina are the best to deal with and they ship fast and give tech advice
    next time i will use all tiger stuff
  13. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    If you can check the history of the rearend you intend to buy. Reason is that some of the roundy-round stuff has been beat to death and you'll spend as much as a new unit getting it streetable(if that's your intended goal).

  14. When considering ANY used quickchange, an important place to check is where the lower shaft (drive shaft) boss blends back into the banjo. This is a traditional weak spot and many used housings have been broken and repaired in this area. If the rear tires get off the ground and come back down under power, it is very likely to split the case there or blow the rear cover off. Also, most brands of racing quickchange have 12 bolt holes around where the pinion seal connects. If one set of 6 holes is stripped out, then the driveshaft has probably been ripped out at some point. This is more common in the "shifter" rear ends used in sprint cars, but I have seen it happen in non-shifter units as well.
  15. 71mod40
    Joined: Apr 13, 2012
    Posts: 4


    I bought a frankland yesterday fo my dirt mod and am not sure if it has the right left bell on it. Does the ring gear thrust adjust from inside the bell? My winters adjusted from the outside.
  16. 71mod40
    Joined: Apr 13, 2012
    Posts: 4


    I had a frankland in my asphalt late model years ago and did notice the noise that it made. I started using Cynergyn diff oil in it and never heard another peep.
  17. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,142

    hugh m
    from ct.

    have one for sale in the classifieds.[​IMG]
  18. leaded
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 326

    from Norway

    Hey, late posting, but........ some questions: Is this rearends really noisy?? Would you hold out on a 500 mile trip with the noise? Does the bevel geared be much quiter? or.... do you need some earplugs running in a long trip with the family on tour....
  19. 5wcoupehunter
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 902

    from FLORIDA

    My car is loud but I can still here the QC wine,but I guess I'm use to It because it doesn't bother me at all. And I would never change It .
  20. Lytles Garage
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 620

    Lytles Garage

    Go 750 miles to Bonneville almost every year in my Model A, love the sound, just like a screamin guitar!! Chris
  21. bulletproof1
    Joined: Feb 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,080

    from tulsa okla

    im putting a frankland in my henry j...
  22. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,513


    Tight backlash settings, good gear lube and good gears will eliminate most of the noise. The one in my avatar is silent with helical gears. The straight cuts I have in there now (2:42 ratio) are just loud enough to hear on accel/decel.
  23. goon56
    Joined: May 31, 2008
    Posts: 232

    from new jersey

    hey fellas. stumbled upon this thread. i was wondering what diffs you are using? theres a tru track, gold track, platnum track. etc.
  24. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,513


    All the ones you mentioned work on the same principle. There are also Torsen (Gleason), lockers, wedge lock, and spools.
    The 'Tracs' are probably the best choice for the street. They are silent, and cost half as much as Torsen.
    If money is no object the Torsen is almost indestructible. The steel ones are heavy.
  25. how mush power can these quickchange diffs take ?
  26. Big Block D.I.R.T. Modifieds, Spirtcars and late models all make 600+ H.P. and run Q.C.'s. (Based on the old 3/4 Ton Ford rear)
  27. The Frankland was very common in all kinds of oval track racing for years.
  28. i found sumtin for sale in the netherlands for not too mush cash from a ovaltrack racer
    if it can take the power it might be a nice idea for a fun track vehicle
    i'm in the process of putting a jaguar aj6 24 valve inline 6 engine and the jaguar version of the 4l80e trans in a 1978 chevrolet c10 truck
    the plan over time with some engine work :
    (boring out the block , fit 95mm new liners , new pistons , do a little pocket porting to the head a wipple 1.6 liter compressor and a aftermarket ecu)
    to end up making around 500 hp out of the 4 liter engine
    the truck has a 10 bolt rearend wish at the moment is the weak link
    i have a 14 bolt 3/4 ton rearaxle but thats quite a bit overdue and realy heavy
    im allso stuck with the gear thats in it once i mounted it
    if i use a quick change rearend its a lot faster to change endgears at the track and for the street
    it would save me having to buy a gear vendor overdrive to have the best of two worlds

    i whont use it too mush on the street i have my small car for that but hauling a load or having a good day of fun and relaxation at the track might be a good idea
    should be eazier to make the axle the correct width for wide tires
    i was thinking about changing the floater type axle ends intoo a normal setup using the ford 9 inch bearingends and axles that will fit the diff
    i think the bearings and stock diskbrake/handbrake setup will be more suitable for the street

    i have seen the warnings about checking the banjo at the base of the drive

    whell talked to the guy and had some better pictures :
    looks like he hit sumtin with the axle its missing one tube on that side
    the axle is gone as well and theres a big dent in the housing on that side
    now there are replacementparts available for it
    but im not in the states and getting that stuff to europe is pretty pricey
    i guess i let this one go

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