Lowriders carry unique suspension needs in comparison to many auto genres. The stress caused by riding low on heavy frames alone can be tough on any suspension, let alone the rigorous workout they endure from hydraulics. For years, Lowriders have looked for ways to make their suspension systems stronger and more durable. The answer or solution is easy, you need to visit Currie Enterprises for your custom rear end! Currie has been in business since 1959, and they are known in the automotive industry for building some of the strongest rear-ends available for consumer needs.
Today Currie Enterprises is in East Anaheim, California. The company has grown in size and the product line has continued to expand. Currie Enterprises now has nearly fifty employees and boasts a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Curries design, build, modify, test, sell, and install rear-end and drive-train products, and they do it all under one roof.
Whether for off-road applications, or in our case, a custom Lowrider, no rear end job is too small for the pros at Currie. No matter what the application, bring them your problem and Currie Enterprises will create the perfect solution for your needs. Now follow along, as Currie builds a rear end that will perform under pressure.
1. We will be seeing the build-up of this custom Currie Fab-9 rear end. The end results should be a rear end “on steroids” that should be able to handle the abuse that we dish out from our custom Lowriders.
2. The axle tubes were machined at the ends so they could be slipped into the housing.
3. You can see the flat section that will lock into the pumpkin of the rear end.
4. The bearing ends of the tube housing were also cleaned and left ready to have the ends added to them.
5. The bearing ends of the tube housing were also cleaned and left ready to have the ends added to them.
6. The housing was pre-assembled before spot welding the housing together.
7. The housing was tack welded together.
8. The rear end case was setup to be fully welded in sections. By doing so, it will eliminate some of the heat transfer.
9. Some of the benefits of these housings include being able to weld them from the inside as the axle tubes get placed in a permanent position.
10. Roman looked for the degree of the bracket by leveling out the stock housing.
11. The width of the trailing arms were measured from the stock rear end.
12. The stock trailing arm brackets were removed from the old housing and sand blasted to be cleaned up.
13. The stock brackets were lined up on the Currie Fab 9 housing.
14. Since this rear end was shorter by 2-inches, the skirts and the shock mounts were also pulled away from the outer end, allowing clearance.
15. Once the crew finished the metal work, the trailing arm brackets looked as if they were one piece stamped brackets.
16. The welds were cleaned off by using a wire brush.
17. The final welding for the project came in the form of adding the Currie ID, which was tig welded on.
18. The welding on this housing was finished and left to cool off before it was moved on to the next step.
19. The axle case was checked to make sure that it was straight.
20. The housing was de-burred, so to remove any unwanted material.
21. The gear case was ready to be assembled.
22. The gear bearing was pressed on.
23. The Currie team built this gear case without missing a beat.
24. Ruben added the yoke and new seal to the gear case.
25. In order to make sure that the axle was clean, it was hot tanked.
26. Brian made sure the build moved along, as he moved the housing to the assembly part of the build.
27. The axles were cut to size and were measured using this axle gauge.
28. The axle bearings were pressed on.
29. The Currie axle was ready to be bolted on.
30. The first item on the agenda was to bolt up the gear case to the axle housing.
31. Gonsalo tightened down the gear case.
32. The bearing on the axle was lubed with grease to allow it to slip with ease.
33. The axle and bearings were held in place by these four bolts that Gonsalo thoroughly tightened.
34. The rear brake drums were installed.
35. This Currie rear end was ready to be installed.