D44 Stub shaft/spindle binding

Rob D

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I have a hp44 front axle that I narrowed to accept Rubicon d44 inners. I've got the GM small bearing spindles and GM stub shafts. Here is the problem. The short side goes together and spins easily. I put the long side together and it will bind up for about 1/4 of the axle rotation. So it moves freely for 3/4 of the rotation of the axle. I can still force it thru the bind by forcing the short side to not turn and rotationg the pinion yoke by hand. It ain't easy, but I can get thru it by hand at the yoke, but not at the stub shaft end. If I loosen the 6 spindle nuts it will rotate freely thru the complete axle rotation. All the parts (i.e. stub shafts, spindles, bearings etc.) are new, so they "should" be good. I would think that if I had a bent stub shaft or the inner "C" was not re-installed correctly it would bind all the time instead of just part of the rotation. Any ideas as to what may causing this? Any advise will be appreciated.
 

MAY POP

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How tight is the u-joint on the problem side. If its extra tight it will bind as it goes around if the axle isnt in the straight ahead position.
 

Rob D

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How tight is the u-joint on the problem side. If its extra tight it will bind as it goes around if the axle isnt in the straight ahead position.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have been thinking about just making sure the u-joint is properly seated and moving freely. So I guess I better go from "thinking about it" to "doing it".
 
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