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Ray Bell
07-11-2013, 08:05 AM
I've got a couple of Sure Grip units which are both cone type...

http://imageshack.us/a/img542/1553/x0sj.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img62/5601/evx7.jpg

The logo here might help with one of them:

http://imageshack.us/a/img221/6724/puvx.jpg

Marked 'Canada' and '1987' could also be a clue.

If anyone can help me to identify these I'd certainly appreciate the help.

John Kunkel
07-11-2013, 06:04 PM
The unit on the left is a factory cone-type, the one on the right is an Auburn Pro-Series differential.

Ray Bell
07-12-2013, 04:38 AM
Thanks, John...

Is there anything I should know about the differences between them?

My understanding is, and it could be wrong of course, that the Auburn units were made to the Borg-Warner patents or design philosophies or techniques. Are they at all inferior or superior?

they certainly dismantle differently.

chirorod
07-12-2013, 07:41 AM
Now we get to see the sure-grips so deftly snatched from our shores and spirited away to the underside of the world. I had visions of Ray on the boat dismantling and modifying the things.

John Kunkel
07-12-2013, 04:45 PM
Thanks, John...
My understanding is, and it could be wrong of course, that the Auburn units were made to the Borg-Warner patents or design philosophies or techniques. Are they at all inferior or superior?

You can read their product description here:

http://www.auburngear.com/aftermarket/product_listing.aspx?category=4ea7b7ea-ad65-492a-830f-1b8a333d16ef

Ray Bell
07-13-2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks John... are the supposed to have the thrust block in the middle?

Originally posed by chirorod
Now we get to see the sure-grips so deftly snatched from our shores and spirited away to the underside of the world. I had visions of Ray on the boat dismantling and modifying the things.

Ahh... my good Massachusetts mate...

Just in case you thought I haven't have much success, here's a few I lined up the other day to compare them:

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/6362/4ei.jpg

No, I didn't touch them on the boat, in fact all of these came here before I went over there. The Dana 60 unit on the left is for my ambulance I plan to turn into a camper.

John Kunkel
07-14-2013, 05:22 PM
I don't think they had the thrust block, intended to be used with Green axle bearings.

Ray Bell
07-15-2013, 10:39 PM
Thanks John...

The one I have doesn't have a thrust block, the reason for my question. I guess I'll work it out whether or not one can be fitted.

chirorod
07-18-2013, 09:20 PM
Ray,
You got me thinking about rear ends with those great pics. I haven't set one up since the early '70's and never touched a sure-grip or a posi. So, out of curiosity, I checked my fsm, in which it states firmly that one doesn't touch these things. How stupid do they think we are?

Ray Bell
07-19-2013, 09:17 AM
About as stupid as the Mazda 626 manual...

It tells you that a proper workshop is needed to dismantle and reassemble the front wheel bearings. And gives no clues on how they should do it!