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Old April 4th, 2010, 07:32 PM   #21
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Have you ever heard that cutting grooves in a part creates a stress riser???
yup, i have heard that. i think the knuckle will be fine though. its a one ton axle under a fairly light jeep. the grooves are in the meatiest part of the knuckle. if it breaks i will know i was wrong, no biggie.
ive been wrong many times b4!

i just could not cut on new stubs.

if im broke down on the trail with a cracked knuckle and you drive by laughing, i will understand.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #22
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Do you know that ford knuckles are notoriously weaker than any other d60 knuckle? Something to keep in mind.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:20 PM   #23
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yup, i have heard that. i think the knuckle will be fine though. its a one ton axle under a fairly light jeep. the grooves are in the meatiest part of the knuckle. if it breaks i will know i was wrong, no biggie.
ive been wrong many times b4!

i just could not cut on new stubs.

if im broke down on the trail with a cracked knuckle and you drive by laughing, i will understand.
Wow, I hope that decision doesn't come back to haunt you. Those knuckles do not like to stay in one piece, even if you're gentle on them. Might want to carry another driver's side one as a spare. Its not fun when they break. Or just buy the Reid ones now and get it over with.

To further add to the original question here, I had to grind lightly on my Yukon stub shafts too.

II also carry an inverter and grinder with me on the trail, so if I had to clearance another shaft one on the trail, it would not be hard.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #24
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Do you know that ford knuckles are notoriously weaker than any other d60 knuckle? Something to keep in mind.
yes i did know the dodge and chevy knuckles are much stronger.

the passenger side is plated for strength so the hydro ram wont bend or break it. there is alot of thick plate tied into.

perhaps ill look into doing the drivers side too now? i got plenty of plate to do it. i know a couple professional welders. ill see what they say.

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Old April 5th, 2010, 07:58 PM   #25
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The passenger side rarely breaks. Its the drivers side that goes 99% of the time. All my wheeling friends with 60s had the driver's side let go. Here's mine in Harlan a few years ago.



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Old April 5th, 2010, 08:57 PM   #26
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It seems to happen mostly on knuckles that are steered using a high steer arm.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #27
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i have a high steer arm pointed backwards on the passenger side hooked to the single ended ram behind the axle.
solid aluminium tierod on top of the knuckle itself going left to right.
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