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Old 07-23-2005, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

i see them on some race cars...
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Old 07-23-2005, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

As far as I know they are truck stlye rear ends and pretty beefy. You can pull an axle shaft real easy and all your weight of the vehicle is on the housing not on the axle.
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Old 07-23-2005, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

If the axel breaks, the wheel will not come off, as is likely to happen with normal axels, since hub retention doesn't depend on integrity of the axel shaft. It's a safety issue.
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

cool thats what i thought sorta, i see those meters on city buses the stay level, and i saw that the holman moody cars had em. where would i find some ?...one?... WHAT is different and where, is it the axle housing that is different? or just where it meets the axle wheel? thanks. where to find?!
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Old 07-23-2005, 01:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

Entire axle is different but you can find them on 3/4, 1-ton Trucks and Vans at your local wrecking yard. One point on the floaters as pointed out is that most car axles are either clipped or flange bolted to the housing and yes break an axle loose a wheel. Break an axle in a floater the wheel will still stay on you just don't go very far very fast. Threw on away while cleaning up last year, worth about $100 to the guy that wants one. Came with a 1969 F-250 with camper package easy to tell one at the junk yard the center "axle" is bolted with 6 or so nuts or bolts undo those and the axle shaft comes right out.

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Old 07-23-2005, 04:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

can these fit in a 66 fairlane? and do custom shops make 8in ones?

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Old 07-23-2005, 06:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

Warn makes a Kit that fits a ford 9 inch, but I think it only does the 5 on 5.5 bolt pattern. Might be worth digging into if your interested.

Amongst the 4x4 crowd, a full floater 9 inch is almost on par with a Dana 60.
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Old 07-24-2005, 03:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

well my 66 has 5 lugs, but i dont know the distance apart...thanks for the info
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Old 07-24-2005, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

Converting your existing rear end will be difficult unless you build rear end housings for a living as the bearing snouts need to be welded on and it will take a specialized fixture.You can buy a complete 9" floater rear end from places such as Speedway Motors or Speedway Engineering. Most of the floater 9" rears are going to be about 60" wide because that is a standard width for a stock car. You can have one custom made to your required width for a extra charge. I have a Coleman floater on my modified which has the 5 x 4 1/2" bolt pattern, but most of them come with the 5 x 5 bolt pattern. Another cool thing about a floater is that you can change the gears in a 9' in about 15 minutes as the wheels and brakes do not need to be taken off the car to get the gears out, all you do is remove the dust cap, slide the axle out and remove the pumpkin. For all out road racing, I would recommend one, but for driving around on the street or racing on the strip, it is probably overkill.
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Old 07-25-2005, 12:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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what are floating hubs and why are they used?

thanks i have road racing and safety in mind, shes already built for the autobahn, last night was fun and memorable even got a ticket, but it will see the real open tracks soon as i get this new block,cage,rear. right now it takes some(very little) time to get fast with 2.73's and a worn 302! but handles so strong. no i dont put others in danger, i value my 66 at 100mph so i go away from trafficky cities to have a little fun. believe it or not i want a badasz rear with freeway gears so i will keep something similar to 2.73 hey all you gotta do is shift to get torque and i am a hobbyist more than competitor but also adding a 5 or 6 richmond or t600 soon! yeehaw, plus the cage will have trunk and engine additions, oneday no windows and safety nets plastic fronts, fuel cell and seats, will still seat four or five cramped though(kustom kage)! plan on flare or kut to allow 305-305 wide tires up front(fairlanes 66 67 can go wider than stangs ive done it)...but im thinkin irs maybe...but i dont know if they can lose a wheel? can they? irs w/ floaters? they make em? thanks see you soon at the salt flats...
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