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Unread 08-14-2014, 07:47 AM   #61
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Lathes are actually pretty simple to operate. You can usually find them on Craigslist for decent price. They have unlimited uses for guys like us...

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I know how to use it. Ive watched them do it 1000 times. I'll just let him do it so I don't screw it up. Just because I know how it operates doesn't mean I can get the hang of it on the first go.

I would like to learn though. Then maybe make some cash on the side selling a few.
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No axle again. After doing even more research, the only axles I can use are the Mustang, Mark VII, and 88 and older Tbird/Cougar. The Town Car uses the 4 link setup, but the upper arms have a different angle. Not sure if it can be made to work. Also the housing seems to be 1-2" wider than the Mustang from my sloppy measurements.

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I have almost everything I need stashed against the wall. As soon as I find the right housing I will grab it all. The price for a complete axle is much cheaper than buying the parts separate.

2 driver side Explorer shafts, 2008 Crown Vic brakes (with almost brand new pads) and vented rotors, also the L/S carrier (31 spline for my F150) from the same Crown Vic. All I need is some 4.10s and the housing.
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Just a tidbit of info that I think may be useful. I discovered that Koyo purchased the Torrington needle bearing division, which was previously owned by Timken. I believe this took place in 2011.

Also, I was looking as American Muscle's webpage for a bearing kit. Theirs has Koyo bearings in the set - and they say Koyo USA on them. So, now I am contemplating if I should just save myself 40-50 dollars and just get the Koyo kit.




EDIT: If a bearing fails in those conditions of constant lubrication, it's really got to be a POS bearing.
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Bearings is one place I don't skimp on, it's Timken or nothing...

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I believe I've found another little quirk about the 8.8 axle. According to several sources, the 31 spline open differential still used a 3/4" cross pin. Only the traction-lok equipped differentials used the 7/8" pin.
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If any of you are looking to get a NEW 7/8 cross pin and cross pin bolt, Jegs carries them both for about the best deal you'll find new. The pin itself is made by Motive, part number E7TZ4211A. The bolt is made by Dorman, part number 81048.

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I just got my new axle bearings that relocate the bearing out on the shaft because of wear on axle shaft. There made by CENTRIC they are made in USA. Haven't installed them yet.
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Very nice. Do they seem pretty decent quality?
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