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Old 04-30-2018, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My fab 9 full float on a budget

This is my DIY budget fab ford 9. I used corporate 14 bolt outters and tabbed the housing myself. I used the tubes and spindles from the 14 volt as well. I machined the C&C hubs for 5x5.5 with 9/16 studs. I used a Yukon nodular 3.25" third with a Daytona pinion support and a 35 spline yukon grizzly locker. And dutchman axle made me the custom shafts to tie it all together. I wanted a fab 9 and had to build it on my budget. The hardest part definitely was bending the cones on the belly of the housing.
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Some more pictures. It can be seen more on my Instagram @trail_raided
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nice.

dumb question, are the seals all one part of the hub?
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Damn, that's some handsome work. What'd the shafts run you?
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Hats off. I love the DIY aspect of everything. Would you do this again? Or just buy a housing?
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah the seals are on the back of the hubs. The bearings are bathed in oil.

Would I do it again? Yeah i think i might build one for the front eventually. I could build a second one faster I think.
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Dutchman has all their pricing up on their website. They are the same price as a set of full float axles for a dana 60 or whatever. Same price for any set of full float shafts. The shafts were really well done. They fit perfectly. I had them turn theflange down to fit my hubs and they were perfect. Really really happy with the shafts. If you need some, give dutchman a call.
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How did you keep everything flat, square, true, ect? An alignment bar or anything else to fixture it? If so have any pics?

I'm interested in this kit C/E4210 -Mild Steel Weld Up Kit but I'm worried about keeping it straight enough to not fatigue the shafts long term.
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How did you keep everything flat, square, true, ect? An alignment bar or anything else to fixture it? If so have any pics?

I'm interested in this kit C/E4210 -Mild Steel Weld Up Kit but I'm worried about keeping it straight enough to not fatigue the shafts long term.
I would say an alignment bar is bare minimum best would be a jig as well. That's a lot of pieces that have to be almost perfect after a lot of welding/heat.
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Thats some pretty amazing home fab work
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Got any pics of the housing with the third removed?
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the housing with the third removed. Yes I used an alignment bar i bought from speedy metals. I machined all the alignment pucks myself. And I machined some that thread onto the spindles to hold the tube straight. I fit it all up and tacked it then pulled the tubes out and welded the belly together inside and out and I welded a skidplate on the bottom before the tubes were put in as well. The belly takes a lot of heat and I did have to massage the fit a little bit to get the tubes back in and fitting nice. There is also an internal bulkhead to hold the tubes better. Then I slid the tubes in with pucks in the mockup third and a puck on each end of the tube. It came out nice and straight. Housing is dead on, at least for the moment.
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By far the hardest part was forming the cones on each side of the housing. I don't use CAD so the math was done on paper. It was CAD=CARDBOARD ASSISTED DESIGN
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Damn nice work.
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How many hours would you guess are invested into this?
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I didn't keep track and it's kind of hard to say how many hours. I just worked on it a little here and there. Sometimes it would sit for a month or more without any work done. I figure I saved approx $2500 when you figure on buying 5x5.5 hubs. (These are c&c hubs so I haven't seen any you can even buy for to get this wms) and you buy a housing and spindles and perches etc. And a big part of why I built it was to see if I could do it. For the challenge.
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Great job, looks like it turned out killer.
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Turned out great.
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What rotors are those? Samurai?
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They are explorer rotors and calipers and brackets etc
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