axle tube seals

Discussion in 'Transmission & Driveline Topics' started by Schubitzky, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. djorgensen3

    djorgensen3 Veteran Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Peoria, Az
    Well then Richmond packaged my kit wrong. It was a 10 bolt install kit with bearings too big. And I found the reference I mentioned. There are 1.399 inner bore and 1.622 inner bore and apparently my kit came with the 1.622. Mine required the 1.399.
  2. big gear head

    big gear head Veteran Member

    Jul 30, 2001
    Central City, Ky.
    That is talking about the axle saver bearings, which I never recommend. The kit that you got was probably for the Impala rear end.
  3. djorgensen3

    djorgensen3 Veteran Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Peoria, Az
    My kit had all the parts for a 10 bolt which I used...except I had to go buy the seperate smaller bearings. I found this on the Ratech site...
    Part number 9102 is 1.399 inner diameter for 8.5 and 7.5 in cars
    Part number 9100 is 1.618 inner diameter for 8.5 also but in trucks
    So it appears my kit was for an 8.5 truck listed for 10 bolt. It was Richmond kit 83-1021-TE(thanks Lopers for getting me the slightly incorrect kit) . Well at least most of the parts worked but there are indeed two different bearing sizes for a 10 bolt.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2018
  4. 71RS/SS396

    71RS/SS396 Veteran Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Wake Forest NC
    The Ford ends and tapered bearings that Big Gear Head posted are the best solution short of going to a semi or full floater. The Ford bearing uses a better sealing system and a tapered roller bearing, it will also allow you to eliminate the C-clip. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you have the correct bearing retainer to pre-load the bearing and seal properly.

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