Axle Work

Update by Per Schroeder to the LeGrand Mk 18 project car
Dec 19, 2008

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While we had the rear of the LeGrand apart for some welding work, we sent the axles off to for complete rebuilds. The outer CV joints were making some noise, and the left axle had quite a bit of play. Waiting any longer to fix them could make for catastrophic results.

It turns out that our car has an odd mix of joints, with VW-based inner CV joints and Honda Z600 outer joints. The cages of the outer joints were especially worn. Although we couldn’t replace the entire joints with new pieces, the cage itself was the same as that of a first-generation Honda Civic; these were available.

Raxles figured this all out and got us straightened out in no time. The axles were returned in just a few short days and look essentially new. The company charges $175 per axle for a complete rebuild and the results are impressive.

It’s almost a shame that we’ll have to pull out these axles in a month or two, as we’re grafting in a limited-slip differential in place of the spool. (Yes, that’s a teaser, folks!)

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Gonzo_Bmod Reader
12/21/08 2:34 p.m.

Nice looking work Per. Did you get the lower control arm mounts re-welded? I've heard of a couple that had issues with the front mount of the lower trailing arms so you may want to check em out while it's all apart.

If you get a chance post some pics up of the magnesium wheels once they're all done. That way I can feel bad about selling them! I decided to go with a set of Minilite C-8's.

Gonzo_Bmod Reader
12/21/08 4:37 p.m.

Panasports, not Minilites. Doh!

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
12/22/08 1:21 p.m.

The front mounts all looked was just both back mounts for the rear LCAs. I'll be posting pictures of that repair next week.

I'll take a pic of the magnesium LeGrand wheels when I get a chance. Those will most likely wind up being my rains. I bit the bullet and got a set of Keizer magnesium-centered wheels like Tommy Saunders has...13x8 and 13x10. I'm working on getting a pair of 22" rear slicks to mount on those rears and some fronts as well.

That said...Panasport C8s are darn pretty. Send pics when you can!

12/25/08 8:28 a.m.

$6000 seems like a bargain for the racer you're getting. Pardon my ignorance but what kind of field can you expect on race day? How many races per year in the southeast will you find for this car?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder PowerDork
12/25/08 11:29 a.m.

D Sports Racer is a pretty full field here in the Southeast, but I'll be competing primarily in the BMod class there, it won't have a lot of competition...the goal will just to be FTD and finish reasonably on index.

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