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Unread 08-01-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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New Spidertrax 9" Build

Here's a few spy shots of an axle we're building for a customer....

Specs:
- Spidertrax 9" Center Section with 3/8"wall tubes (1/4" tubes available as well)
- We'll cut it to length (63" wms-wms) & weld on our 9" ends in a JIG
- True Hi9 Center Section with 4.88's
- 35 spline Detroit Locker
-& an Explorer 5on5.5" Disc Brake Kit


Sitting pretty in the show room for now




Showing the Massive 3/8" wall thick Axle Tubes


Fully Machined Surface after final welding to ensure truely flat mounting flange


Welded inside & out




Just ordered the True Hi9 Center Section & it should arrive later next week.

Once we get it, we should be able to wrap it up fairly quickly & I'll post more pics.

These have such a high ground clearance I may be replacing my 35 spline Dana 60 rear for one sometime in the near future!!!

Just about everyone that has come into the shop and looked at this housing has taken a second look at it. Even some of my drag racing customers! They're like "Hmmm....that fit under my old '56 wouldn't it?" LOL

Honestly though it is an outstanding product & we're proud to offer these to the public now.

We have all of the abilities to cut these down for either front or rear applications and have many different knuckles/housing ends to choose from....
-Currie
-Dynatrac
-Dedenbear
-Spydertrax

Come by the shop to check out this Bling'n Axle if you're in the area, OR give us a call to discuss your next axle build....we do them all from Ford 8.8s & Dana 44's up to the big stuff like Dana 60, 14 Bolts, & these Bling'in Spider9's!!

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Unread 08-02-2007, 02:52 AM   #2
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Dude thats killer... Beefy f'n axle man.

Looks like you guys take a lot of pride in what you do, so I have to point these things out if you didn't see them already because I would hope somebody would do the same for me...


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Unread 08-02-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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Dude thats killer... Beefy f'n axle man.

Looks like you guys take a lot of pride in what you do, so I have to point these things out if you didn't see them already because I would hope somebody would do the same for me...


You would need to talk to spidertrax about that. TJ Ken does not make the housings, but he can build them and put them together for you.
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Unread 08-02-2007, 11:25 AM   #4
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Tell you what son....you break one of these spidertrax housing by fourwheeling & I'm sure SpiderTrax will be more than happy to replace it!!! LOL


Do you know the kind of abuse these housings are put through by comp drivers like....Brian Errea, Tracy Jordon, Rick Deremo?

These guys normally run the 1/4" wall housing tubes because of the lite weight compared to the 3/8" wall tube version.

Yes an undercut ~can~ cause a stress riser, however you need to look at the overal weld area on this axle. It has more than enough welds on there to support the forces it will ever see!


From now on I'm going to try to keep this thread geared towards this axle build.
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Unread 08-02-2007, 01:42 PM   #5
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first off... I'm not your son, so don't call me son

secondly, i'm not trying to say its a crappy weak products.

All I'm saying is that a high quality product such as that axle looks like a lot of hard work went into it and it looks very well made, but when I see weld defects, I point them out because its to me, its one of those "little details" that should be taken care of.
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Unread 08-02-2007, 01:55 PM   #6
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Ok....sorry about the "Son" comment.

It's a term of speech, nothing derogatory meant by it. Hell, I just turned 24 Monday, July 30th...I hope you're not my son or anyone else out here for that matter!
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Unread 08-02-2007, 02:46 PM   #7
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I personally did not catch anything wrong but I'm not a welding expert just a welding hobbyist! Coming from the reputation of the company that would not even bother me in the least bit. Like TJ Ken said bust it if ya can! Always enjoyed seeing your stuff Ken. That axle tube is freaking thick!Thanks for sharing!
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Unread 08-06-2007, 09:03 PM   #8
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Update....

Center section showed up today from True Hi9.

We'll be machining this axle down this week, weld the new ends on, then shafts should be here next week...

More pics....Enjoy!











Now that's some serious clearance
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Unread 08-06-2007, 09:28 PM   #9
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All I gotta say is

How much is that beast gonna run someone???
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Unread 08-07-2007, 10:13 AM   #10
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All I gotta say is

How much is that beast gonna run someone???
Well there are quite a few variables...
1/4" wall tube Housing - $400
3/8" wall tube Housing - $460

This particular True Hi 9 has a 35 spline Detroit, Forged 1350 Yoke, 4.86's, crush sleeve instead of solid spacer, & only 1 load bolt - ~ $2200 I believe

Semi Float 9" Housing ends are $75
Explorer Disc Brake Kit - $460
35 Spline Shafts - $350
Labor - $65/Hr.

Basically without suspension mounts for this exact axle, you're looking right around $3700. Just need suspension mounts installed.
Also, for this particular axle we're designing & building a "Rock Ramp". Basically a plate that acts as a skid to allow for a smooth transition when sliding over rocks, instead of smashing into the center section.
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Unread 08-07-2007, 10:57 AM   #11
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That's actually a damn reasonable alternative to a crate axle. Even more so if you can DIY the fab work and setup.

Assuming all the other variables allowed it (driveline, adjustability of suspension, etc), is there any reason you couldnt build a rear with a LP center to save a few bucks then make the jump to the Hi9 later?
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Unread 08-07-2007, 11:49 AM   #12
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You're right, we can get them out the door with all the machine work done. Then you can mount your own suspension brackets if you want to save some money.

I priced out a Spider 9 the other day with a Strange Nodular low pinion 9". I believe it was about $1k difference.
A low pinion isn't a bad choice either if you have a longer wheelbase.
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Quite a bump from the dead... I was drooling over some latenight axle porn when you mentioned only $3700. Why is the general concensus that these axle builds cost crazy money? That seems reasonable.
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