We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Best Tips for a Straight Axle Conversion?

By Lori Kilchermann
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
WikiMotors is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WikiMotors, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A straight axle conversion can be completed for a number of reasons, and there are some helpful tips that can help to ensure a smooth and quality conversion. The first tip is to research the operation fully prior to ordering any parts, disassembling the old suspension or beginning any assembly. Also beneficial to the straight axle conversion is to compare and contrast conversion kits from more than one supplier. Perhaps the best tip in this type of straight axle conversion, however, is to refresh all measurement reading skills. The slightest misalignment in the front axle will result in a dangerous vehicle that may or may not be drivable at any speed.

Researching any project fully prior to beginning the disassembly work ensures a project that is less likely to have any surprises or unexpected problems. This holds true during both the tear down as well as the setup and assembly of the straight axle conversion. Several information-filled books are readily available on the straight axle conversion of nearly all types of vehicle. Often, a small bit of information gathered through research will save hours of frustration and perhaps even the integrity of the entire project. The best conversions are completed by those builders who can draw a detailed picture and create build notes based on research completed beforehand.

Another tip to ensure the best results in a straight axle conversion is to purchase a complete conversion kit. By acquiring all of the components from a single manufacturer, the probability of parts failing to work together is drastically reduced. Some manufacturers create conversion kits for a select few vehicles that include nearly every nut and bolt required to complete the installation. If possible, acquiring one of these kits will commonly reduce cost, frustration and installation time as compared to purchasing all of the components individually from several parts suppliers.

The best tip before beginning any construction project, whether it is a shed, a garage or a straight axle conversion, is to be very fluent in reading measuring devices. The drivability of a straight axle conversion is dependent on a perfectly-aligned axle system. Close-enough measuring will result in a vehicle that is extremely dangerous to drive at best, and it could result in a fatality. Learning to read a measuring device down to the smallest fraction of measurement increments is a critical step in the straight axle conversion process. Following all directions to the letter will usually aid in the conversion of any vehicle to a straight axle setup that offers old-time good looks as well as top-notch performance.

WikiMotors is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WikiMotors, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WikiMotors, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.