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Drivetrain Ever notice axle clips have different gauges.

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by axa, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. axa

    axa FEOA Member

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    So having a nightmare getting an axle out in the past, ive been REAL careful about the parts i was putting back in.... until now...

    Ive found that oem appeared to have used 16 while some re-manufactured are 14.
    So having the latter result in me having to drop the transmission to do this:
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    and fish this 14 gauge axle clip out having to shatter it:
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    I recently replaced the axle again and found my new parts having a 14 gauge clip.... :(
    you would after all that i stick to my guns and just insist on finding another with 16 but nah... i got lazy and just stuck it in... i promise myself if it doenst come out im going to sign the title and leave it where it sits.
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Hell yes I've noticed! I have sheared a couple off.

    Duralast CV's are great, but the clips are too skinny. Reuse the Ford clips without breaking them, and it shouldn't bind.

    I'm guessing you're talking about thinner clips coming out of their slot, and getting pinched in the splines...
  3. axa

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    no sir! im speaking about the thicker clips, perhaps not being installed/tensioned properly, just deciding not to compress when trying to pull the axel out...

    i mean if i can get the axel out, i can deal with fishing a loose clip out... its just a nightmare if you can not get it out at all.

    but i hope your right and no one has seen this trouble i have

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