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Rear Disk Brake Conversion, SMALL PROBLEM HELP!!!!!

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Well so far I have not experienced any problems in my quest:

1) Disasembly of both sets of trailing arms, did that in my sleep

2) Cutting of parts nessesary for fitting to new trailing arms, piece of cake

3) Welding of parts to new trailing arms, not a problem

4) Priming, painting, easy

5) Reassembling of rear suspension parts (even new bushings), so far so good

6) Half Shafts rebuilt easier than I thought

INSTALLING HALF SHAFTS; Oh. Oh

I made sure before I even started cutting that a) the half shaft fitted perfectly with the 323 Trailing Arms and Rear Diff (3.91) no spacer requirerd and I even made sure that the bolting worked too. No problems with that

I was even told by other 02FAQers on this site that everything bolts us fine

When I tried to put in half shafts during assembly it was revealed that the bolting for the hub/trailing arm flange end is 10mm and the bolting for diff flange is 8mm.

Now this is where I need some help, do I....

Trade off the half shaft that connects to the half shaft (which means I would need spacers or not)

Drill out the prexisting holes in the half shaft end that connects to the trailing arm.

I am leaning on drilling (I have a small drill press) unless otherwise persuaded, the only question is do I set it for slow speed or fast. and what type of bit would I need

BTW on the half shaft, which end of the shaft that has the "ring" around it does it go on, trailing arm side or diff?

Except for that, everything else is great,

I would really like to hope there is a easy remedy for this.

THANk YOU!!!

J.E.2002

'75 Lola

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Guest Anonymous

I would suggest a slow speed with a good steel bit and apply plenty of lubricant while drilling, but I'm no expert...

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Trade off the half shaft that connects to the half shaft (which means I would need spacers or not)

Drill out the prexisting holes in the half shaft end that connects to the trailing arm.

I am leaning on drilling (I have a small drill press) unless otherwise persuaded, the only question is do I set it for slow speed or fast. and what type of bit would I need

BTW on the half shaft, which end of the shaft that has the "ring" around it does it go on, trailing arm side or diff?

Except for that, everything else is great,

I would really like to hope there is a easy remedy for this.

THANk YOU!!!

J.E.2002

'75 Lola

What about just swapping out one end? Buy yourself one used halfshaft and use both ends - one on either side. That's probably better than drilling only because I've never heard anyone suggest the drill only do it right and get the proper part.

HTH,

TJW

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Guest Anonymous

Can not find any old half shaft, they are no longer made and I have only seen one set for sale for over a year on the web, ($200+)

J.E.

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Can not find any old half shaft, they are no longer made and I have only seen one set for sale for over a year on the web, ($200+)

J.E.

Ask around. There are plenty of halfshafts available, for dirt cheap.

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You just need the later (80-83) cv joint.

Or drill it. We do that to the diff flanges all the time.

Either way, no big deal.

If you do drill, clamp the flange to a cv, and use a centering punch

to mark it.

Then start with a small pilot bit at relatively high speed.

Then go to a slower speed with the 10mm drill.

You could also tap it...

fwiw,

t

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I was thinking of drilling oout the 8mm holes to 10mm holes on the cv joints, just enough for the new bolting to fit through to the trailing arm flange.

J.E.2002

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Does anybody have the same demisionsal size joint but with 10MM holes?

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