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Took the 12 bolt out of our "Formal" Chevelle down to the local Axle Shop to have a posi unit added and a 3:73 gear set installed. They charge $85 for tear down and reassembly..'nuf said? Part of the process is to check the housing for straightness in relation to the axles and axle bearings. They install a tool that is torqued in place of the center section which makes it easy to see if the tubes are centered. Long story shorter, had to have the housing sent out to be straightened before reassembly can occur. Do you guys in the rear axle business see a lot of this?
 

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its not out of the ordinary,sounds like you are using a reputal shop.not many places(only one that i know of)around here actually check the housings that thourghly.
 

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I do not have personal experience but I drag race and rely on a friend of mine who runs a 9.76 Chevelle for advice. Long story short= I asked him whether I should just weld a bead where the tubes meet the housing and he said it is not as simple as that at all. Precise measurments have to be taken for proper alignment etc. It is also expensive and must be done by a knowlegeable source. I figure I'll just break my 12 and get a nine inch, later
Hope this helps.
 
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