I decided it was time to start my new rear axle build. I was looking at several options (14 bolt, d60, d70, 9in) but a great opportunity showed it's self. A club member offered me a ford 9.75 axle for FREE!!! Yes ladies and gentlemen FREE!!! I wasn't sure I was going to take it since I hadn't heard much about the axle on forums and such but after some research I found this axle to be comparable to a a D60 semi float. Some say better in some ways. (LETS NOT START A AXLE WAR HERE). Below are some specs on the axle:
I guess the biggest downside to the axle is the C-clips but its freakin huge mother of an axle. I don't think I will have an issue with the clips. It also has disc brakes to hold the axle shaft in the tube.
The plans for the axle are:
Narrow to stock width
Shave for clearance, I think I can take 2" off the bottom. Maybe need to turn the Ring gear and will need a custom cover.
Weld the spidergears/Lincoln Lock
Yukon 4:88 gears to match my front
Truss (since the tubes are / can be a weak point)
Pics coming soon.