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Old 04-22-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Hub: What does the X mean?

My Overlander is currently laid up on stands awaiting new rubber on the wheels. The image below shows the the relatively new Henschen axles ordered complete with new brakes. All four drums have an "X" drawn as if to designate something significant.



What do you think the "X"s indicate? I have my suspicion, but I would like to hear everyone's thoughts.

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Old 04-22-2010, 05:17 PM   #2
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That's so Jethro know which side to mount the wheel on.
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Old 04-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #3
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I was thinking something else, but

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That's so Jethro know which side of the drum to mount the wheel on.
Hmm. That's enlightening - The X could be his QA signature.

I learnt something...

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Old 04-22-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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I see this a lot in Detroit... it's graffiti

Vehicle on stands, missing wheels....
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Tom, are there weights on the drums? If so, are they oriented to the X's? My first thought is the x's are the light spots on the drums.
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Well, I'm not in Detroit

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I see this a lot in Detroit... it's graffiti

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Weight was my first thought too

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Tom, are there weights on the drums? If so, are they oriented to the X's? My first thought is the x's are the light spots on the drums.
There do not appear to be any weights on the drums. I too thought the X was related to balance.

Here's an image of the drums rotated 180 degrees:



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Old 04-22-2010, 07:49 PM   #8
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Tom the "x" is to mark the spot. If you dig under the "x" you will find buried pirate treasure. It will be in a big chest with a curved top. You shoot the lock with your flint lock pistol and it pops right open. Inside you will find gold pieces and jeweled necklaces and a big crown.

I actually am guessing it is to signify that some important step in fabrication was done and somebody used the "X" to signify that a step was done.
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If you look at the symbol closely, it isn't an "x". It's the lower case Greek letter Chi (χ), which in Chinese is Ch'i, the name of the life force which inhabits all things.

So think of it as a Greco-Sino blessing, of sorts.

It certainly doesn't mean that it failed inspection and was reworked.
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those are GIRL axles...

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Your axles were manufactured in Mexico, and the workers were celebrating their happiness at drinking XX beer. Unfortunately, they were too drunk to place the second X.
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It may be a QC check or an inventory mark.

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Tom,

I bet it is either a balance point or just quality check that the assembly is complete and ready to ship. If the X is marked on both sides I'd think something to do with balance. The new axles I recently installed did not have any markings but they were another brand.

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The X denotes the sides made with products from US steel corp. ?

Not sure what the un X'd ones are made from...
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