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Old April 13th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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Salisbury Backlash How much is Normal?

So today I was in the process of pulling my rear axle out that will be going on my new chassis and while I had the backend of the truck jacked up I noticed what if you spun one wheel it seemed to me like a fair bit of rotation before the other wheel engaged.

I've taken a little video here, the handbrake is on so the drive shaft isn't moving and I'm showing the amount of rotation before the other wheel engages.
Is this a normal range?

I'll be checking the drive flanges, half shafts which I know can all contribute but I'm hoping I don't have to get into that diff and add to the never ending list of things to do.....

Oh and if you missed the title it's a Salisbury axle.

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Old April 13th, 2015, 09:11 PM
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Check the drive flanges first. They wear out and cause a lot of backlash.
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I will check them tomorrow. Does the movement i'm showing seem way out of norm?
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No idea. Can't see the video on the phone.

Just pop the caps off the flanges and rotate the tires. See if the wheel moves more than the half shaft.
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Finally watched the video. That is a normal amount of wheel movement.
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Excellent news. Thanks for the info.

I'll certainly be checking the drive flanges regardless as I've seen how they wear.
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