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Unread 01-22-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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how to narrow a rockwell axle

well last week i dug into my rockwells so i can narrow them down. i will cut 7.5" off the long side tube and re-weld it so i can run a short side axle shaft on bolth side's. i did this on my chepo harbor frieght band saw, but after getting it level it cut the ends perfect. i got one cut done and had to leave, so heres were i am now.

i was going to build a JIG to get the tubes re-centered but i will just use inserts and flat stock welded to the corners to line it. should be damm close, close enough for a rockwell. this is what i did when i reparied crane section, worked for them.

so heres some pic's for now and this weekend i will have more.

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Unread 01-22-2009, 10:19 PM   #2
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That is one hell of an axle...turning your jeep into a duece and a half maybe?
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Unread 01-23-2009, 05:54 AM   #3
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nope going into a buggy, the 60/14 bolt will stay in the jeep.

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Unread 01-23-2009, 05:59 AM   #4
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Looks like you could just clamp/tack 4 pieces of angle iron along the corners to align it...

I'm definately gonna follow along on this build..
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Unread 01-23-2009, 06:08 AM   #5
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Looks like you could just clamp/tack 4 pieces of angle iron along the corners to align it...

I'm definately gonna follow along on this build..
ya that's the general idea, before i went to sleep last night i had a good idea with maybe the angle iron on the inside of the tube. i will know better this weekend.

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Unread 01-23-2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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Awesome. Can't wait to see Monday's update.
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Unread 01-24-2009, 12:36 PM   #7
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ok heres were im at now. im am runing into some problems ( like any build ) but nothing i cant over come. when the rockwell axle's are built form the factory they start as two half's, like two piece's of channel iron. so they weld the two halve together when they do this the side's get sucked inward, big time.

so now its not as simple as lining up the edge's, so i will go back to the idea i had with a line up bar. so now i need to have 4 pucks made, 2 that will fit the seal retianer plates OD and then a set inside the carrier bearing caps. i will have holes cut into the centers of the pucks that will be 1.5" so i can use the line up bar i have for the 9" axles. works for them so it should be fine for the rockwell.

i need to tear down another rockwell center and remove the bull gear and upper pinion gear set. this way i can use that bare center for a JIG with the line up bar.

so heres a few more pictures, sorry for the crappy cell phone ones.

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Unread 01-24-2009, 03:59 PM   #8
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What kind of suspension will the buggy be running? The reason I ask is if you will be using leafs it would be an excellent time to turn the tube that way the leafs can sit flat.

Or you can have your shocks/coilovers/ or whatever your running higher away from those nasty rocks. Looks awsome though
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Unread 01-24-2009, 07:35 PM   #9
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going to run a FOX air shocks. i got real lucky, a good friend is building another buggy. so he stripping his old buggy down to a chassie and is giving it to me for the price of a rear steer 60 axle that i built for him over the summer and some cash.

so its a pretty good deal ( on my end ) and i figure buy the time i would of got all the tube and bent it up its still cheaper for me. another plus i always liked his buggy, http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=745332 this is the twin of the chassie im getting. my friend rick built two but if you follow the other link in that piarate post you will see it, the one in the snow.

so picture that buggy with the rockwell axles under it. i will have to play with the up travel in the front but nothing i cant handle. specs for my buggy will be a TPI 350 ( mild build maybe 300-320 HP ) a T-400 with eather a 205 or a dana 300 and of course the rock's with rear steer.

more to come, but money dictates all my move's, like any build

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Unread 02-07-2009, 08:31 AM   #11
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its in the hands of the machine shop ( my friends place ), he is doing some simple machine work for a line up bar. so im hooping in a week or two i will have some more progress. till then really nothing more to report on.
i did tear down a broken center chunk. it had a bad upper ring gear, so i will use that as part of the JIG. that chunk will hold the pucks in the middle, im going to place them in the carreir bearing jurnails ( how ever its spelled ). then for the outers i will use the OEM seal retainer plate positon and have him put a 1.5" hole in the center of another set of pucks.

so once the bar slides thru all the pucks its should be very true. agin once i get them back i will post back with more pictures.

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Finally got that project going, wow you must love moving those around your garage very interesting stuff can't wait to see the centering whatchamajiggy thing you're making. Good luck and can't wait to see the pics of the buggy build will you start a buggy build thread here or on Pirate I don't see too many build threads on here for buggy's.
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Unread 02-07-2009, 05:02 PM   #13
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Finally got that project going, wow you must love moving those around your garage very interesting stuff can't wait to see the centering whatchamajiggy thing you're making. Good luck and can't wait to see the pics of the buggy build will you start a buggy build thread here or on Pirate I don't see too many build threads on here for buggy's.
i will probally do one here in the fab section. i got some time before i start on a buggy. but like i said im getting a complete chassie from my friend that will need some tweeking. so that will be a big step in a faster direction. the motors built, the tranney is getting a freshing up in a month. the dana 300 is apart wating for machine work and HD yokes ( i need to buy them still ).

wiring harness is in maine at another friends place. i have parts scatterd but once i get the chassie i will start bringing them together.
getting past the axle work and getting the steering set up will be the next hurdle.

anytime you want to come buy pat just drop me a line and you know me weekedns are best.

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Will do, I have been working weekends to try to make ends meet so free time is hard to come by, but I definetly want to take a look at what you are doing this stuff is way out of my league but I do love to learn new things.
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any time pat.

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