those who have installed longfields help me

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yo im needing some advice/assistance whatever you wanna call it on installing my longfields, so i got one side in and got the spindle bolted up and there seems to be no clearance issue, am i dreaming here??

i called bobby and they said to put the birf in the housing with the spindle on then twist it to see if it hits anywhere,


i guess my question is.

is did you have to grind down alot and where, and should you be able to move the axle/birf in and out about 1/4 to 1/2 inch with just the spindle on, nothing else on yet?


pics if you got um too.

thanks

cam
 

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Sounds normal Cam...


Typically the grinding on the axle housing is required to the flat openings of the ball that the axle fits into, just outboard of the knuckle bearings.
 
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My 30-spline chromoly longfield set is to be installed soon. I checked with local cruiser buddy and he had to grind inside knucle housing a bit, check out this thread, he posted the pictures before and after the grinding:

https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=69986&highlight=longfield+grinding

I've just installed Pig chromoly axles and ringed longfields a year ago and now I have to do this all over again. After swapping axles/birfields 3 times, the love is lost.
 

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I just installed the 30 spline longs in a 62 series axle-no clearence issues. I have previously installed the 27 spline longs in an FJ40 axle. There, I had to grind the inside of the bell just a tiny bit-but all the grinding was on the lips of the bell outboard of the knuckle bearings. If you are grinding more than a few seconds on each "lip" you are grinding too much.
 
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had to grind mine a little. loosening the steering arm nuts also helps. lets a little tension off the "bell" of the axle.

i was told that it was only certain years the housing wasn't as wide and requires grinding. don't know the years, though.
 

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