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So I found a wide rear diff tube (54"?) and axles at the junk yard. I put my '81 4cyl diff in there (detroit) and on one side the axle slips in nicely, but the other side doesn't want to go in straight. You can feel the splines engage but the last 1/2" you have to bang it in with a hammer. I'm not sure what year truck the tube is out of, but I didn't think that mattered, and besides one side slips in really nice, both axles slip in nicely on that side.

I pull the diff out and both axles slide in to both sides nicely. If I leave the diff loose and put in the bad side first, the other side has difficulty going in.

I've decided that the tube is slightly bent and not allowing the axle to go in completely straight.

any other idea's? Should I even worry about this, it still rotates freely?
 

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I would check the housing and find out where it's bent and if possible straighten it or not use it. I don't think your Detroit will last long with the bind you've got now.
 
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