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Old 03-12-2011, 06:35 PM
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Axle question

I have a question I am getting started on the 54. I am looking at using an axle that i have from an f150 and then narrowing it to fit. The center section is off set by 2 inches. Should i keep the off set or just center up the axle and then cut them to even it up. I am looking at putting a set of 31x18.5x15 on the rear for tires. I am planning on doing a four link setup inside the frame so that it will allow me the most amount of room for the meats but i still may have to massage the fenders some.
 
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:03 PM
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It really doesn't matter.
You could shorten the long side and save the work of doing both sides.
With the center off set the axle shafts are the same length and thus interchangeable.
In a car they center it so the floor tunnel for the d-shaft is centered in the car. That is not necessary with a truck.
 
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:11 PM
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I am still going to have to chop both to get the tires to clear i am looking at taking 18 inches total off the rear end. It was factroy at 64 inches drum to drum. It has 3.55 gears in it now but i am thinking about going to a 3.27 for the highway runs. I am looking at putting a locker in it and then using explorer brakes with custom axles and 9 inch ends. The motor and tranny will be a 460 with a c6
 
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:23 PM
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Most people find rear ends to be more pleasing to the eye when the bump is centered and symmetrical. ;-)
 
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:48 AM
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I centered the drive shaft ( aka- the pinion gear) on my '55.
 

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