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INSAYN
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Post by INSAYN » Sun Nov 24, 2002 11:26 pm

Anyone know if Thing 181 axles are the same part as the 924/944. I have already found that the CV's (Type 4) and stubs are the same, but not quite locked in on the axles themselves. I have a set of 924 axles, but nothing to compare them with.

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Post by Bob Ingman » Mon Nov 25, 2002 3:04 pm

INSAYN glad to see you made it over here from buggy talk. I would assume the only factor here would be length since the 181 and 411 CVs are the same unit. I would be happy to crawl up under and measure if that will help. Good luck. Bob Ingman

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Post by INSAYN » Mon Nov 25, 2002 11:02 pm

You hangout at buggytalk, too? Cool!

You don't have to crawl under and get all dirty just for me. I have a set of bug axles, and Porsche axles, just not in the same location of my 2 car garage. I need motivation to bring them together. It is not killing me to know, but slighty intriguing at best. I have been digging in the u-pullits this fall, trying to see what all is usable off the 924/944 that normally would be harvested from a 181 Thing, for baja, buggy, and sandrail applications.

So, if you REALLY want to go crawling around in the dirt, just for me. Feel free, as then I won't have to dig through a box. Sounds good to me.

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Post by jwstevens » Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:36 pm

We have all been told that the Thing axle assy. is a bolt in for the bus to bug conversion, but if the bus trans is wider than the type I/Thing trans, wouldn't the axle be too long? I realize that lost of people run this so it must work. I am just wondering...

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Post by INSAYN » Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:49 pm

Don't make me go out in the cold garage and identify the actual axle length myself now.

I have been putting it off, because I am too lazy to just slap both on a counter and measure them.

OK, fine I'll go out and compare axle lengths between the 924's and stock bug.

INSAYN

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Post by INSAYN » Fri Nov 29, 2002 2:10 am

Now that I am freaking cold, here is the verdict.

Bug axles measured 16-3/8"
924 axles measured 16-1/4"

With that said, there should be no problem mounting the CV's and axles to a bug with a stub axle from a Thing/924/944. I am not sure how much wider a bus box is over the bug, but it may be just right.

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Post by Mattt » Tue Dec 03, 2002 2:33 am

I measured my positively factory Thing axles tonight, and they are 16 3/16" long. Definitely not 16 1/4", and just a bit longer than 16 1/8". So, thats why I settled on 16 3/16". I might even be coaxed into selling these axles since I wont be needing them. I have SAW axles for my Thing CVs, but have since converted to 930s.

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Post by INSAYN » Tue Dec 03, 2002 2:51 am

There is a good chance that the 924 I measured were 16-3/16", and not 16-1/4". I just butted them up to a 4x4 block of wood with the cv's still attached. Then used a square against the other end to take the reading between the two. That part of my tape measure has been kinked slightly and is harder to read.

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