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Old 02-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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what does spline actually mean for an axle?

im a little confuse on what spline means. the higher the number the more expensive they get so i just want to get a clear definition and at what the numbers mean
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Splines are parallel grooves on the side of a shaft that engage with matching grooves in a socket. They allow power to be transmitted between two rotating elements. Splines are used on axles to allow them to be removed and replaced.

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The larger the spline count, the larger the axle. Strength depends on the type of metal. All things being the same, the bigger, the better.

This is just a random pic I pulled off the net showing the difference between a 28 spline axle vs 30 spline axle. How bout those c-clips?

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wow thanks guys this really helped
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Keep in mind that you have to change the carrier if you change axle splines.
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