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Old 06-07-2012, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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9"-sterling hybrid axle question

would like to take a 9" housing and third. remove shafts and axle ends. then take a sterling 10.25" semi float (8 lug) remove those ends and axles and install on the 9" housing. this gives me 35 spline and eight lug. obviosly i am being a cheap sob here but will it work? something obvious that i am missing?

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They make a 10.25 Seni Float?? I thought all of those were full floaters.

Can you post up some pictures of the Sterling? I'd like to see what the Semi Floater axles look like.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ive seen the sterling 9.75" semi float, but never a 10.25 semifloat...

then again i have not been around vehicles that long
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The semi float 10.25 is relatively uncommon, but under 8500gvwr F250's from 85-96 could be had with them. The last one I saw was a 92 5.0/5 speed 2wd F250
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The semi float 10.25 is relatively uncommon, but under 8500gvwr F250's from 85-96 could be had with them. The last one I saw was a 92 5.0/5 speed 2wd F250
this was my understanding as well. i have a wrecker here on town that has alot of fords in the yard. i am 99% sure I have seen thos axle there. is it a c clip axle? aside from 35 spline and eight lug dont know much about them.

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Old 06-07-2012, 03:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, it is a C-clip axle.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If I were gonna go through the trouble I would want full float outers.
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If I were gonna go through the trouble I would want full float outers.
If I were go through all that trouble, I'd just swap in a 10.25 and weld it.

I'm pretty sure the 10.25 shafts are gonna be longer than the 9" shafts.
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How are you going to get the c-clips on?
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you might run into a problem with the spline pressure angles too, as far as i know the most sterling are 45* and most 35sp. 9" carrier/lockers are 30*, i may be wrong but something to look at.
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Shafts being too long is a plus. They can be shortened and re-splined. If it were converted to full float, c-clips would not be needed.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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OP said semi-float, it made me laugh out loud.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The expensive part of a 35 spline 9 inch is the center section anyway.
What's your goal, there are cheaper ways to do everything.
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I got a 10.25 SF in the rear of my truck came out of an 88 250 351W C6 truck. I welded the spider gears together and then just got a piece of 1/4 plate and cut a few knotches in it for the teeth and welded it in on one side so i could still get he c-clips in.


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I got a 10.25 SF in the rear of my truck came out of an 88 250 351W C6 truck. I welded the spider gears together and then just got a piece of 1/4 plate and cut a few knotches in it for the teeth and welded it in on one side so i could still get he c-clips in.
I think 4Runner was saying, "how is the OP gonna get C clips in if he did the hybrid axle. On the 9 the 3rd member goes in before the shafts, hence no way to install Clips
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True True didnt think of it that way my mistake
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Why would you not want full floaters ?
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The expensive part of a 35 spline 9 inch is the center section anyway.
What's your goal, there are cheaper ways to do everything.
I know this aint my thread, but I personally would love to hear the alternatives ? I love to learn new things . Its a hobby .
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its been done with ff outers. badass. machined 10.25 side gears to fit in 9" carrier then welded up the chunk.

not mine, just to be clear.

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So what's the advantage with this setup? More ground clearance under the pumpkin?
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I guess I don't understand why it would be "badass"? It seems like a ton of work/money for very little gain of ground clearance and weight savings.

I am really curious how they welded the axle so it was concentric one end to the other. The 10.25/10.5 I have worked with always have a left hand threaded spindle on the driver side. It would be cool to get a full float jig for a left hand thread. I am guessing that they got it just close enough. Is there a build thread for that?
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duh- this is simple


2 1" drain plugs in the back of the diff to put the c clips in via magnet



and the 9" housing im assuming is gonna have to be beefed up as well (flex)
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Cheap way would be D60U axle, D70 gears, and 35 spline shafts. Same strength, same ground clearance, oem parts.
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The only true advantage I can see is the quick change capability for the gears. Having full float outers would make that go even quicker. You would need the same kinda thing for the front, but pulling front shafts is not that quick.
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Start Here I don't see much of a point unless run high pinion but looks cool....
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