Larry Shepard is a veteran Chrysler engineer having worked for Mopar Performance, the high-performance parts division of Chrysler. He is also a seasoned author, having written several books. He has written five technical manuals for Chrysler. In this Workbench series, the focus is on the disassembly, inspection, and step-by-step rebuild of the most popular high-performance differentials. Axles and differentials are not incredibly complex components, but there are some specific steps to follow for rebuilding, upgrading, and setting them up properly, and this book demystifies the process and explains it in detail. The book features 176 pages packed with 400 color photos. -- -- --Chrysler Power magazine, December, 2013
The title gives the, er, clue what this book is all about and it does exactly what it says giving the reader the full lowdown on the subject matter. The author, Shepard, provides comprehensive guidance on how to complete a top-notch rebuild with self-explanatory step-by-step captions and colour images. An essential mine of information on a crucial area of your car, and a resource that owners of such components can't do without --TKC magazine, November, 2013
It's stacked with useful info for anyone hunting through junkyards or swap-meets, or looking to rebuild their own axle, a job which is easy to get wrong unless you have plenty of experience. It's not as photo-heavy as similar Car Tech titles Workbench Series titles but the info is all there and will doubtless be invaluable to anyone bench-building or upgrading their axle. --American Car Magazine, March, 2013
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Over the last 40 years, millions of Chrysler, AMC, and Jeep vehicles have used these differentials, propelling these high-performance vehicles to victory on the street, in drag racing, and other applications. Chrysler used the Dana 60 and BorgWarner Sure-Grip high-performance differentials in the Challenger, Charger, Barracuda, Super Bee and many other renowned Chrysler muscle cars. These differentials have been tied to historic powerhouse engines, such as the Chrysler Magnum and Hemi V8s in stock car, drag racing, and other forms of racing, making history in the process. Jeep CJs and Cherokees have used the Dana 44 and AMC 20 and put these differentials under tremendous loads, which often requires frequent rebuilds. After years of use, these differentials require rebuilding, and of course aftermarket suppliers offer ring and pinion and other parts to upgrade these axles.
In this Workbench series title, the focus is on the disassembly, inspection and step-by-step rebuild of the most popular high-performance differentials. Axles and differentials are not incredibly complex components, but there are some specific steps to follow for rebuilding, upgrading, and setting them up properly, and this book demystifies the process and explains it in detail. A book dedicated to the Dana, Sure-Grip, and AMC Jeep axles has never been published before, and Mopar, Jeep and AMC enthusiasts are hungry for this information. The Dana and AMC axles should remain in wide use into the foreseeable future, and therefore there will be a consistent demand for this information.
This book will also feature extensive gear and application charts, so the reader is sure to select the correct gear ratio for a particular vehicle and application. Special coverage is therefore dedicated to ring and pinion gears. In addition selecting the best aftermarket and production axle shafts is covered as well as modifying and upgrading the differential housings.