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Old 08-11-2003, 05:11   #1 (permalink)
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Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

I'm interested if anyone has seen this before? Is this common?

It was discovered when I recently changed diff ratios.
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:26   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

Lots of torque went through that axle.
Too many standing starts, pedal to metal and lots of grip will do it.

I just changed my axle as it had a bend in it, only to find out the axle that i bought also had a slight bend too, but not as bad.
Bugger.
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:29   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

Or even the wrong axles ? (believe there would be different axles for v8's to 6's).
But i would like to be proven wrong.
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

forgive me for my blindness, but i cannot see anything wrong with thtat pic...can someone please explain it to me...please.
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

a mere flesh wound!!!

i read in a book at tafe that it was possible for most axles (or at least, some on race cars) to actually twist through 520 degrees (one and a half turns) before it became a problem, the book suggested that some teams/diff builders mark a straight white line along the axle when they build the diff, and replace it once it looks like a corkscrew!
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a mere flesh wound!!!
Yeah, your probably right!!

I've never twisted an axle before, not that I have gone looking for one. Just thought it would be of interest to people on the forum, particularly as I have not heard of diff issues with these cars even though some people are putting out some serious rwkw.

It also has me a little worried as I am planning on doubling the rwkw output and if I have problems with these axles now, then I might be in real trouble latter on.

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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

About a year ago, my mate was dropping a nice brunout with his XT when an axle broke. We removed both axels. One was completely demolished, the other had a huge twist in it.

The reason for all this, 25sp axle, 11.5" of rubber on the road with a minispool.. Wayy too much traction for that size axle.

Also, when we first got my EA (about 10 years ago), our mechanic replaced an apparently twisted axel in the diff.. and that was in a fully stock EA.. with a 2.77 diff, and 15"wheels.
Figure that one out!!!
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

Big Mick i had just finished watching the Monty Python black knight sketch - you know the one with the two knights fighting and one gets his arm chopped off and he says "a flesh wound!"

ah well...i thought i was funny...

but no, i wouldnt be using that axle again...not in a high po 5 litre anyway!
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Re: Twisted Axle from EL 5.0???

Big Mick i had just finished watching the Monty Python black knight sketch - you know the one with the two knights fighting and one gets his arm chopped off and he says "a flesh wound!"

ah well...i thought i was funny...



Hahaha.....Well my thoughts exactly. It is a flesh wound as i have seen them worse (actually breaking).
Tho, when you have lots of torque in a quick time, you are going to get somesort of bend..But hey, burnouts don't help, lol.
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but no, i wouldnt be using that axle again...not in a high po 5 litre anyway!
Rollin, I agree and have replaced the axle.
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