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Old 06-14-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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Exclamation '67 Safari Dexter axle installation HELP!

So I got the old axle off, ready to install the new one. I was told to line up the rear bolt holes and then cut/drill the rest. However NONE of the holes line up to keep the axle centered in the original slot, which looks to be required to keep the wheel centered in the wheelwell. I don't want to make 4 completely new holes, and then have to worry about alignment issues. Pictures coming, I just wanted to get the thread started to get some attention. Thanks!
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Driver's side holes in first picture, 2nd picture is passenger side showing shock mount. Port and starboard for you Navy types.
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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Driver's side holes in first picture, 2nd picture is passenger side showing shock mount. Port and starboard for you Navy types.
It looks like your trying to mount the axle backwards.

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It looks like your trying to mount the axle backwards.

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If I flip it around, the torsion arms (if terminology is correct) are pointed down and towards the front. Are they not supposed to be down and to the rear?
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I had to drill 2 holes on each side used step bit as recommended by overlander62 worked like a champ! Set the axle brace on a wood block on top of a cinder block set frame on the axle so weight is on the axle and mounting plate is level then drill holes.
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If I flip it around, the torsion arms (if terminology is correct) are pointed down and towards the front. Are they not supposed to be down and to the rear?
The torsion arms MUST go to the rear.

It almost appears that the axle mounting plate is backwards.

How about some photos that show much better images?

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So it looks like I got one of those mythical backwards setups (original equipment)? It was made in California after all!
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Try and borrow another jack if you can. It makes it much easier to keep the axle in position. Using a step drill is a good idea because with a straight bit it tends to grab right when it goes through the frame. Use a big 1/2 in drill you can break a bone if you are not ready for it when it grabs. The step bit should prevent that.
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Thanks for the advice guys. We are using 2 jacks, and buddy is picking up a step drill bit. I just want to be 1000% sure before I drill. Do I have the wrong axle, or does one size fit all and I'm forced to adapt?
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As you probably noticed the mount plates for the axles are a snug fit to the frame mounting plates the important parts are angle and weight capacity. Who did you order your axle through? If Colin or Andy then it is correct just a change in the axle mounts.
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As you probably noticed the mount plates for the axles are a snug fit to the frame mounting plates the important parts are angle and weight capacity. Who did you order your axle through? If Colin or Andy then it is correct just a change in the axle mounts.
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From Andy, since I'm on the west coast. But my only instruction from them was widen the axle cutout a little and align with the rear bolt hole. That doesn't work as seen in my pictures, thus my quandary.
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Okay then once you widen the cutout for the axle I would set the axle in place then using the step bit drill the holes and as long as you do not bind the bit it will work for all 4 holes! Take the hub and then the backing plate (backing plate has 4 bolts each) protect the spindle with plastic to keep the shavings out and mount the Monroe shocks at the same time it will work with the backing plate off! Then put the hub back together and connect the brakes.
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Take off the backing plate should have read it first.
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… so after you take that step bit and spend the next ten minuted drilling the eight holes, you are going to worry about alignment. Put the axle into place and hand tighten the bolts. Then take a tape measure and go from the center of your jack, to the center of the arm. On the back side of the arm is a center hole. From jack to center should be the same. EXACTLY THE SAME. Not 1/32" off. You will have to adjust it a little no matter what. Once both sides are the same, torque those bolts down. The rear axle can be measured off of the front axle.
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