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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:36 am 
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Thanks for your input, Dick. Please elaborate on the "splints"? I guess you mean little strips of metal to hold the housing tube/end together for alignment and welding.

My picture is that the housing ends from Dr. Diff would slip over the outside of the housing tubes, once I cut the old ends and a bit more tube off and clean them up.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 2:45 pm 
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Yes, "splints" in the standard definition, just steel equivalents as you noted.

If they're sleeves, that's nice, but the description in the hard copy doesn't specify. The bevel is only noted as for the weld, so may possibly be for a butt joint. There's an inquiry link supplied, so perhaps they'll answer that.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 3:33 pm 
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Thanks much. Yep, I'll talk to Cass (Dr. Diff) on the phone about these before I order anything.

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The sleeved ends, and/or "splints" IMO only ease the assembly process, but the major downside is they do nothing to improve proper alignment, they only at best, reproduce any existing unknown errors.
A decent Jig and butt welding is the best end solution.


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:59 am 
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jcc wrote:
The sleeved ends, and/or "splints" IMO only ease the assembly process, but the major downside is they do nothing to improve proper alignment, they only at best, reproduce any existing unknown errors.
A decent Jig and butt welding is the best end solution.


No argument with that. Thus, when you have to settle for a next best procedure, attaching the backing plate and/or "sleeves" directly to the axle for positioning becomes that next best compromise. And, done carefully, with some form of housing alignment such as splints, is quite serviceable.

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you can use splints to pull things straight......

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:12 pm 
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sandy in BC wrote:
you can use splints to pull things straight......


I think that is risky, as to what keeps the welded piece from just springing back to its original misalignment, especially without a decent jig. A jig also has the downside of welding in a lot potential stresses. An aligned butt weld end, although may not be pretty, especially if visually misaligned, bypasses all that drama.


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"that drama" .....is what makes a butt weld work when you need a second chance.



You talk like you have never actually narrowed an axle housing.

Have you used a jig?

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:55 am 
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sandy in BC wrote:
"that drama" .....is what makes a butt weld work when you need a second chance.

I missed your point.



sandy in BC wrote:
You talk like you have never actually narrowed an axle housing.

Then that "talk" would be misleading.

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Have you used a jig?

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