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    Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    This ad says they sell the tubes with long and short ends. Can I assume from that, the ends are easily removable?
    http://www.piersideparts.net/CB4405.html
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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    Post '68 axles are longer than pre 69 axles, that's it. These people sell the whole axle tube with extra short ends for pre '69 or those who want their wheels well inside the wheel arch. You can buy just the axle tubes cheaper without the castings but not the casting on their own, VW heritage sell long OR short for about £55 each ( $150 a pair) so these seem a good deal.

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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    Right. The tubes are one-piece, they vary in length due to manufacturing years as Peter mentioned. The long tube versus short tube corresponds to the actual axle length.

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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    This is going back a few years.... I bought a full set of disc brakes for the car. The rear's I was never able to get installed because they wouldn't slide up the splines far enough. It was thought I had long axles instead of the short one these brakes needed. So Im circling back now to this topic. If I understand correctly, I need to purchase shorter axles, but leave the tubes in place.
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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    The tubes stay in place, but you'll need to disassemble the entire thing to replace the axles themselves. I think you need the long axles, not the short, since they aren't sliding up far enough to clear the cotter pin hole... did I recall that right? I tried to find the thread but did not find the reference. Anyway...

    Yeah, get a book if you don't already have one 'cause you'll need it to see where all the parts go for disassembly. Unfortunately you can't slide the axle out and put a new one back in.. there are shims that need set and a set of fulcrums that rest on either side of the axle on the transmission side. Not an easy job.

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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    I remember from the first time I took it apart to replace the seals. ALL of it has to come off the chassis. bleh.
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    Re: Axel tube ends for on a swing axel

    If you fit the short axles in long tubes the drive spade will be 2" away from the diff. If it's a matter of the cotter pin not fitting try a different nut, also hubs/brake drums vary too as do bearing holders.

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