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Spooky Shreds!

October 25th2022

As All Hallows’ Eve approaches and the days become shorter it is only fitting to take to night for some Spooky Shreds, featuring vehicles aglow from a wide range of TYPE S lighting elements. Combining the driving talents of Formula Drift professionals, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chelsea DeNofa, Adam LZ, and off-road champion, Loren Healy, Spooky Shredsis a non-stop thrill ride paying tribute to everyone’s favorite fright night. Adding another ingredient to the cauldron of fun being cooked up is an original track—Spooky Shreds (Fox Body)—by an artist who is no stranger to costumes, “The Masked Singer” season one winner and multiple GRAMMY award winning artist T-Pain.

Shot over the course of two nights at the Drift Mansion in Pomona, MO— a haunted playground that also doubles as an AirBnb—Spooky Shreds features over 2,400 Mustang RTR horsepower and 800 horsepower from Loren’s Ultra4 4400 Bronco. Pyrotechnics, FAA cleared lasers (yes, for real), a massive pool jump, triple tandems and more come together with the Ford powered vehicles to make this a night to remember.

Hundreds of feet of TYPE S LED lighting were affixed to the three Mustangs, Bronco, and used as props as they navigate the night, making their vehicles come alive during the marathon nighttime shoot. The same TYPE S LED products used in Spooky Shreds are available for purchase at AutoZone stores nationwide.

Pro Series Rebuild Parts

October 11th2022

If you ever need to rebuild your Pro Series Unit Bearings, we have you covered. Now available is our full line of rebuild parts to make your rebuild as easy as possible, in-stock and ready to ship. Head over to the following links for more details.

Pro Series Unit Bearing Pack

3-5/8 in. Spindle Socket

Pro Series ABS Dust Cover

The BC Customs SXV

September 27th2022

We’ve been hard at work outfitting the coolest, most capable, military “UTV” to bless our lands. The BC Customs SXV is built ground up like no other light technical vehicle around. Complete with a Spider 9 IFS and rear Spider 9 Solid Axle, every corner of this machine is designed to take the toughest abuse. As it should, of course! The video above is a few years old now, but these vehicles are running stronger than ever.

Pro Series Rear End Calculator

September 13th2022

We have recently added a new housing calculator to our list of builder tools, making life a little bit easier while you’re working in the shop. The all-new Pro Series Rear Housing Calculator takes much of the guesswork out of building your Spider 9 rear end while using Pro Series Unit Bearings & 45 Spline Axle Shafts. Much like our other Ultimate Unit Bearing calculators, if you know your desired width and pinion offset, this Excel sheet will help calculate the needed housing tube lengths and axle shaft lengths to make it all work.

One NEW feature on this spreadsheet is the numeric entry for Locker Gap and the new selection for Pinion to Locker. Here’s a quick rundown of how these two new fields work.

Locker Gap: In previous spreadsheets, we allowed for two values for this field, .500 and 1.500. Since 45 spline (and 36 spline) axle shafts are designed to nearly contact each other inside the diff, we allow for any entry in this field with recommendations of “common” locker gaps or simply the gap between the passenger and driver shafts.

Pinion to Locker: The distance from pinion center line to “axle shaft centerline” is commonly 2.125″. This is straight out of the Ford OE spec. It’s a value that has been around for ages and is what we usually see. THAT SAID, when you upgrade to 45 spline (or 36 spline) axle shafts, you’re looking for anything BUT ordinary. For design reasons, this distance has changed through the years to minimize the deflection from ring gear to axle shaft. Some locker & spool manufacturers have moved this value, so the axle shaft centerline is more in-line with the ring gear. You will have to check with your locker manufacturer on what value is best to use here, but we now allow any entry in this field to work perfectly for your build.

Ultimate H1 Portal Axles

January 6th2022

We’re no stranger to manufacturing a wide variety of off-road axle shafts. From the humble beginnings of the 26 spline Suzuki Samuari to the more modern 45 spline gun-drilled Ultra4 racer, if there’s a need for something stronger, something more capable, we’re in our comfort zone. So it would come as no surprise when rock crawling legend Tracy Jordan calls us up needing a portal axle shaft not yet invented, we’re full steam ahead.

Portal box axle shafts are traditionally designed around CV joints. There’s some good reason for that, many of these OE style applications depend on that constant velocity for rideability and handling. Moving over to the rock crawling world though, needs change. Serviceability, strength, and steering angle play a bigger role for those looking to tackle the planet’s toughest terrains. So, to take Tracy’s family build to the rock crawling level needed, we designed an end-to-end axle shaft solution to work flawlessly with his H1 Portal Boxes. Enter the Spidertrax Ultimate H1 Portal Axle.

We have designed, manufactured, and of course added to our online store, an axle shaft assembly to take your H1 Portal Box to the next level. Our billet one-piece stub shaft fits perfectly into an H1 Portal Box, with two inner axle shaft options to complement those popular housings & diffs — the Toyota 30 spline and the Ford 31 spline. Connecting the stub and inner axles is a specifically designed CTM 45 Series u-joint, sized like a 1350 OE joint, that completes the assembly. All said and done, this is the strongest, most serviceable, H1 portal axle shaft assembly that packs an unmatched 50° of steering.

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