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Inexpensive axle tube caps

For some inexpensive caps look no further than your local parts store. Ask for 2 Doorman expansion plugs, part number 555-1115, $1.99 each. They measure 2.887" or 73.33mm. The axle tubes are almost exactly the same I.D. However due to the process of making the axle tube it isn't exactly roound, some deformation occurs. Which is good, because it helps hold the plugs in. I have used expansion plugs on all the open ends of off road bumpers I have built. Put them in open end first gives a nice clean finished look to them. I am having these powder coated black (only cause my best friend owns a powder coating business.) I'll post pictures when I get them in.
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Hmmm, freeze plugs. That's an idea. Pretty good. My drain covers have taken a beating over the years so it may be time for a change.



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Don't forget to vent that tube, because there is two nice holes in the front of that tube to let water in...

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I used a 3" test plug from Home depot plumbing dept it's red with a stainless wing nut to tighten the rubber plug. Easy to remove and seals tight I like the bright red color too about $5 each
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I used a 3" test plug from Home depot plumbing dept it's red with a stainless wing nut to tighten the rubber plug. Easy to remove and seals tight I like the bright red color too about $5 each
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I bought some 3" red adhesive backed reflectors for $1.69 each at Clean Rite Blazer B38SR 3 3/16 Inch Red Reflector at HardwareAndTools.com. I drilled a drain hole in the bottom and stuck them on fully expecting them to fall off fairly quickly. That was 2 years and 10 months ago. They've been through 3 snowy winters, a lot of rain storms, plenty of rough roads and NJ potholes and they're still there! There's a little discoloration around the drain holes but otherwise they look as good as new.
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I got them back from the powder coater. I installed them, here are some pic's. I put a bead of urethane around the inside edge and tapped them in. I'll let you know if they fall out. I doubt it. Not worried about water being trapped in the tube in southern California.
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I got them back from the powder coater. I installed them, here are some pic's. I put a bead of urethane around the inside edge and tapped them in. I'll let you know if they fall out. I doubt it. Not worried about water being trapped in the tube in southern California.

Nice as they look, they are going to cause the deDion tube to become a liquid-and-road-junk collection point - the tube is opened at the front, as well, so road grime, water, etc. will gradually build up inside, since you plugged the drain point, and may eventually cause the tube to rot out.
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You need to put rockets in there and make them look like rocket launch tubes. That'll keep the Hummers off your tail.
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