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Old November 22nd, 2017, 10:48 AM
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Best source for 24 spline rear axles?

Now that my LS swap is up and running I need strong axles!

I ordered a trutrac heavy duty 24 spline rear diff and axles from GBR back in September. I received the diff a week later and the axles were due in a couple of weeks. I swapped out the diff and sent the original 10 spline back. Now 7 weeks later, Iím dead in the water without axles and not clear on when they will arrive.

I want to be clear this is NOT a complaint about GBR. He is a great guy and is challenged by his Australian source.

Is there another source you recommend?
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 11:02 AM
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KAM - KAM's web site is dead. Not sure about the company, but I'm pretty sure there's still old KAM stock around everywhere.

Ashcroft - Ashcroft Transmissions

Engage - HD Half shafts Defender made by ENGAGE4X4

Tibus - ??? They sell fronts, not sure about rears.
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Just run some stock 24 spline axles until your set arrives.

Probably $25-50 at a Pick-n-pull from an old Disco and less than 3o minutes to remove....


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Just run some stock 24 spline axles until your set arrives.

Probably $25-50 at a Pick-n-pull from an old Disco and less than 3o minutes to remove
Good point...and with an LSD rear diff, HD rear halfshafts on street driven vehicle are overkill anyways...
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Think I have a solution for you here in the states, sent you a pm
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 12:15 PM
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Did he say it is street driven?

Ashcroft. Great service.

Did you leave the ring and pinion stock? I sure would not with an LS. Pinned, heavy duty.
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I ordered axle shafts from Moser for my front Salisbury. They will build them to your specifications.
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For short term use pull a used pair off a dead D1
If this was 10 spline before, I "assume" it is a drum braked axle and the D1 axles will not be the correct length. If it was a late model axle, it would have already been 24 spline and he would have the axles....
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Thanks, gang. I sent Eric at Lucky8 a PM.

The in laws have a ranch in the hill country, so it will see some limited off-road work. The LS is from a 2012 Camaro and the diff needed an upgrade. That means 24 splines which is what I now have with stock thick drive flanges and rear drums.

This is my daily driver, so every day I can’t drive it means I’m at the mercy of the wife. Not a good situation!
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Yes, so you need to get the earlier shafts. Not sure that Lucky8 sells them. You can buy direct from Ashcroft at the same cost and you will have them in a few days.

Get the flanges as well. If you go to their webstore, it will show costs with shipping in USD.
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Thanks, John, that was very helpful!
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Yeah, like John said the drum axle is a different length than the Disco1 axle although I cant recall how much difference/narrower, etc.

Maybe you could run some D1 axles if enough spline engages....until your GBR set arrives. #goeasyontheskinnypedal


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Well, the accelerator pedal and my foot have always had a contentious relationship. I can’t leave the two without adult supervision or they’re all pressed up against the firewall.

I have calls into Lucky8 and Ashcroft. We’ll see who responds. I actually need a set for my 1987 90 with a 3” lift and 37’s that spends 95% of its time off road, but I need to save up or sell a few things first.

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Switching from 10 to 24 reguires you also (in my experience) swap the stub axles and hubs from 10 spine stuff to 24.
Recently ordered from Lucky 8 and Erik steered us away from the Ashcroft to the TF stuff for the Cummins build.
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Switching from 10 to 24 reguires you also (in my experience) swap the stub axles and hubs from 10 spine stuff to 24.
Recently ordered from Lucky 8 and Erik steered us away from the Ashcroft to the TF stuff for the Cummins build.
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Not needed. You just need the longer aftermarket halfshafts or the genuine 24 spline, early halfshafts. The older wider hubs and drive flanges are a better design. The late model axles were a downgrade all so people could fit alloy rims.
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Not needed. You just need the longer aftermarket halfshafts or the genuine 24 spline, early halfshafts. The older wider hubs and drive flanges are a better design. The late model axles were a downgrade all so people could fit alloy rims.
makes sense,I typically use stock components., hence changing everything
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The problem with using stock late model Rover axle 24 spline shafts is that they are the same strength as the stock 10 spline shafts. You are not gaining anything by changing to the late model stock 24 spline stuff.

Salisbury 24 spline shafts and the early model Rover axle 24 spline shafts were much stronger.
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