Axle Trusses

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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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1/8 to 1/4" square tubing would work fine. But honestly, you probably have nothing to worry about..
 

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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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Dynosoar said:
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.
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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