My project car is RWD with trans-axles running inside independent housing sleeves, as in the diagram below. The problem I have is that each axle use only one weird, fat, double track, axial bearing :) in the outside which takes all the load and in/outs. I'm having problems trying to find such bearing, or something like it. When one got damaged, I got told by other owner that a single track can be installed, by adding a spacer washer underneath it so it fits correctly. The issue is that as it is not axial, they get literally shattered up in months: single track/no axial, can't take the swivel load, since the axle "floats" on it, swiveling up and down for some degrees.
Now I think about adding a second single track bearing but at the inside, the side near the gearbox, as the diagram below. The idea is to insert a seat for the bearing, then put it there, and then the drive shaft and make the axle "stiff" inside its housing pipe.
Other (related) question would be:
- for the inside: ball bearing or roller bearing?
- for the outside: Normal bearing or tapped bearing?
I can't use CV joints since it will require changing a lot of stuff and no budged for that.
Asked a few guys and told me, why not? Still I want to run the question here and get some comments!