Front axle material

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Front axle material

Post by kheaton » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:50 pm

What material do you all make axles with? I have added a section of 4140 to my McMaster-Carr order but wanted to be sure before I order. This is for a leafer front end. Thanks

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Re: Front axle material

Post by kheaton » Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:55 pm

Nothing?? I know some of you make your own. Just need to know if 4140 is good or overkill.

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Re: Front axle material

Post by gearhead1951 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:18 pm

I've said this in many places many times , mcpherson strut cartridge actuator shafts are large enough to be turned down to suit the axle requirement front or rear for most any bike I ever heard of and are far more than "good enough"

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Re: Front axle material

Post by concrete guy » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:59 pm

1045, 1050 is plenty good enough. That's what most car axles are made of.

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Re: Front axle material

Post by budoka » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:25 am

i've used stainless with good results, but exactly what it was, is lost in the fog of time.

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Re: Front axle material

Post by kheaton » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:30 pm

Thanks everyone. I have 1045, now I have to wait the use my buddys lathe because I don't want to try it on my small HF

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Re: Front axle material

Post by railroad bob » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:26 am

Let us know how it goes.
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Re: Front axle material

Post by gearhead1951 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:58 am

You can also source a car or truck axle (rwd) from any salvage yard (car breaker in britain) and have it machined into axle shafts for your bike !

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Re: Front axle material

Post by railroad bob » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:37 pm

gearhead1951 wrote:You can also source a car or truck axle (rwd) from any salvage yard (car breaker in britain) and have it machined into axle shafts for your bike !
Hmmm, I thought instantly about axles in a typical car or pickup, and how that would require a LOT of machining,
BUT, an axle from a vehicle with CV joints, like a Subaru?, don't they have a small diameter axle?
That seems like they might be a really good source for axle material.
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