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Why can’t the 2601/2642 series slides be flat mounted?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager


25th Mar 2015


The main reason we do not recommend the 2601 or 2642 slides be used in flat mount applications is the minimal ball wrap on the intermediate member.

The I-beam construction of the intermediate member allows the 2600 cross section to handle loads in vertical/side mount applications when the force is applied directly into the ball race.

If used in flat mount applications, the outer member and ball retainer could easily pop out of the intermediate member when the forces are directed away from the ball race and into the ball wrap. This is possible even if the stated load rating were reduced by 75%. Minimal material thickness, ball size, outer ball wrap are other design components that reduce these slides’ ability to handle loads in the flat mount position.

If you need further help please contact us by emailing [email protected] or call your local Accuride office.

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