Axle Trusses

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  1. Tinker

    Tinker

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    Anyone know where to buy pre-cut, pre-formed trusses? Bought a 62 front per Kurt W's recommendation of being stronger, & wonder how far I should go in making sure the housings won't bend under any imaginable conditions (just break other components).

    Vaguely recall seeing some in a catalog couple years back, but can't find them now.

    Alternatively, what gauge & type of steel in case I have to get creative?
     
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    Mace rock scientist.. Staff Member s-Moderator

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    1/8 to 1/4" square tubing would work fine. But honestly, you probably have nothing to worry about..
     
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    they do make you look tuffer though
     
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    That's really what I was looking for. Maybe a chromed bolt-on setup with lightening holes.
     
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    Just how high to you jump it?

    I haven't actually heard of someone breaking their axle housing... so it is tough to say how much reinforcement "isn't enough". I'll go with the recommendation above that 1/8 wall tubing should be plenty tough. Probably more than necessary.
     
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    Nothing to worry about. I have plenty of air time in my 60 and never had any problems. My Ford with a 9 inch rear has bent time and time again. Toyota makes some really tuff parts.
     
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    I want to see pictures (I'm not doubting, just want to see it)!
     
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    FJ62 should already have a truss on the bottom, but another isn't a bad idea.

    I have seen plenty of bent axle housings... 40's, 60's, etc including my last one that was ~1/2" out of wack. The last issue of Crawl Magazine had a pic of a trussed mini-axle (one of the PIG guys?) that was bent like 6" :D

    As for the truss, I use 3"x3" ~5/16" tube and cut the truss out accordingly... Do it :cool:
     
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    speaking of trusses.....

    would it be better fabbed up on the top of the axle? instead of the bottom, taking away clearance?

    jim
     
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    Jimbo -
    The 62 truss is under the axle (front only) I'm guessing because putting it on top would interfere with clearance using the stock suspension & would also complicate the vent.

    So I'm going to make a pattern from my 62 front , fab the truss out of 1/8" mild steel, bend it, & have you weld it on my FF!
     
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