A few years back, I think during the coast-to-coast tour, I recall hearing issues about some premature failures of new, repro axles. I didn't pay close attention to the news about all that so my information is limited. Was there any truth to the early failures being related to the axles themselves? In any event, I'm curious to know how the reproduction axles currently being produced perform? I have a rear-axle assembly that I'm getting ready to tackle.
Too the best of my knowledge, there are two different manufacturers. One is American made and run about $130 to $140. The other is of a newer manufacturer, cheaper price and probably made overseas, but I don't know this for sure. I have only used the American made ones.
Thanks Andy. Can you tell me the name of the American made company?
Mark Auto makes a standard Ford Axle. Snyder's makes a new 1/16 inch longer axle. We use to make a 1/16 inch longer axle that was harder but haven't made any more for several years. I am not sure where Mark and Snyder's axles are made. Call them and ask. Both are very nice axles
Forgive my ignorance. Why would you want an axle that's 1/16 inch longer? Is it to forever avoid the need to shim the wheel?
I think the Snyder axles are made in Detroit.
The axles in question on the O2O trip were flaking onto the bearing, there was a lot of negative reporting on here, those axles are still going in the truck of the person who made them and he travels a lot of miles.
Henry, Yes, it is for use with hubs with worn axle taper holes or 26-27 Rocky Mountain Brakes.
Also, the longer axles help keep the rear outside seals from getting chewed up by the keyways.
From what I remember the bad axles were a temporary glitch a few years ago. I bought one and it scratched very easy. Those I've purchase since have all be OK.
Henry, The longer axles are to help overcome the problem of original hub tapers being worn. Thru the years the tapers have worn enough to allow the brake drums to drag on the backing plates, bolts, ect, and as Les states also tear up the seals. The longer axle takes care of the worn hub problem and does not cause any problems if your hubs are not worn. Donnie Brown ...
The longer axles do NOT take care of the worn hub problem. You will still have worn hubs. Worn hubs have misshapen tapers that will not seat correctly on your new axles. If you have worn hubs, they need to be replaced.