Drum brake 8.8 explorer axle shafts are 1/8" longer on each side than disc brake axle shafts. Fact.
With such a minute difference, I would think you could utilize disc brake axle shafts as spares right?
I'd assume that prolonged use would be bad because the drum wouldnt fully cover the shoe and create a groove?
Just food for thought...
Hmm, yea, the shorter length could make C-clips an issue or maybe require the s-spring removal if LSD.
strength is definately not an issue.
I was thinking of the drum brakes the wrong way, they may actually hit the backing plate without a spacer.
Interesting topic. I honestly didn't know there was a difference. I have the drum 8.8, but I also have a set of disc shafts I have kept around for spares 'just in case'. So now you've got me wondering if they will work in my case???
Another question... at which end are they longer>? The spline side from the C-clip grove, or the C-clip grove to the flange?
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