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Technical Helix Solid Axle---Good or No?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bangerbob, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. bangerbob
    Joined: Jul 2, 2014
    Posts: 122


    I can buy a new dropped axle cheaper than having mine sent out and dropped. They must be made outside the US. Any input appreciated
  2. Look up Hoffman Group here on the HAMB. They've got a bunch of companies selling offshore stuff.
  3. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    Helix is part of the Hoffman Group.
    Search it.
  4. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,912


    Have yours dropped.
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  5. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,291


  6. AS Dreddybear says,or buy American made.Okie Joe did mine...perfect.Support those in this lifestyle.
  7. Cheaper is not better. Have yours dropped.

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  8. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,723

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Helix + Hoffman = cheap useless garbage. I'm surprised that people have not wised up and that they ( The Hoffman group) are still in business.
  9. B Ramsey
    Joined: Mar 29, 2009
    Posts: 614

    B Ramsey

    I have heard of at least 3 aftermarket axles breaking in the last couple years. None for me.
  10. cptn60
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 97

    from Joke City

    There are places to save money. That ain't one. Original Ford, or Chassis Engineering FORGED. Safety first.
  11. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,140



    Buy real Henry steel:
    Count the twists. This is a REAL Model A axle.
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  12. krazee
    Joined: Nov 3, 2011
    Posts: 53


    I've seen one of these that broke, fortunately at low speed turning into a driveway. Forged is the only way to go and from a reputable supplier or as above get an original dropped.
  13. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,454


    There are a couple companies making forged axles and they're not expensive, I'd go with one of those.
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,384


    As far as Helix quality these are photos of a Helix crossmember that a certain Hamber with a chopped 48 chevy pickup that looks totally like that one over there <<<<< to the left bought in a moment of being over adult beveraged with too much spending money in the kitty.
    That is exactly how it came out of the box.

    If you don't have a gennie axle to send in to be dropped, SoCal sells a forged axle for a reasonable price if you buy the plain one with no extra frufru. I picked one up on Ebay That had been a display axle in someone's shop for a a good price that is going under my Model A Victoria. They are a little bit heavy looking compared to a stock axle but the one I have looks great and I'm not worried about the quality.
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  15. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,431

    uncle buck

    If you read this and you will understand what crap you are looking at. Ths is one of many threads you will find by searching " hoffman "
  16. Thanks for the pictures, Mr48. Helps substantiate that feeling in my gut, when I look at the stuff at the shows.

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