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Old 08-18-2001, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Its still work in progress...

I'd heard & seen so many guys turning and cutting-down diff housings that I figured any idiot can do it. Well, now I'm one of those idiots <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/thefinger.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

First I went and grabbed the ugliest of my three spare Chevy D44 housings. (sound familiar?) Then I grabbed the shortest long-side D44 axle shaft I had - in this case, one from an EB44. Its a full 8-1/8" shorter than the GM shaft. Yeah, its kinda skinny, but we're only talking 1600cc's!


Grinding that housing end off sure is a PITA. Here's a pic right after I whacked off the 8-1/8" of axle tube.


And the finished product


Here's how it compares against an EB housing


I did the math and it looks like its going to measure in at 59.5" across the WMS when its done. Then all I gotta do it bolt it into the Sidekick <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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Old 08-19-2001, 02:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like alot of work, Get it..
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looks good! kinda fun doing it yourself huh?
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what is the perch width going to be?
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Old 08-21-2001, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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<STRONG>what is the perch width going to be?</STRONG>
I haven't quite figured that out yet <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

If I find I need to turn the pinion up (and cut the other end loose), then both perches will be on the axle tube (i.e. wider). If I don't need to turn it, then I will have the option of using the cast-on perch - so it will be quite narrow.

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Old 08-28-2001, 03:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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any new info, I'm seriously thinking about doing them my self?...
come awn.. fill us in, hows this thingy coming together.
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<STRONG>fill us in, hows this thingy coming together.</STRONG>
Nothing new yet... I'm waiting for some YJ front springs <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> The "SideTrack" is still in one piece - haven't started hacking yet. Here's the multi-colored monster:


It started as an econo-beater I assembled out of a wreck. After swapping in what I *thought* was a straight front suspension... turns out its twisted anyway. Looks fine, drives fine, but the frame shop says it needs $500 worth of work before they can certify it. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/flipoff.gif" border="0">

I know its not out by much, since I swapped the frame as well, and all the body mounts still lined up perfectly.

I'll keep ya'll posted! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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LOL...its ugly, you wouldn't understand..I like the sig.. man its early... I need to use that line on my wife next time i try to get her to take a ride in the zuk, either way the kick idea sounds sweet.. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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