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shipping my crankshaft

I'm shipping my crankshaft out to Calif. Any good ideas for safe shipping?

I'm currently trying to make it fit, stay, in a piece of 5" PVC. I cut two round pieces of wood to screw into the ends so it won't slip out. I'll try to put a rope thru it as well to help UPS handle it.

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The pipe is a good idea. I've built a wooden box out of plywood and some ~2" scrap lumber.
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Be very carefull and "over " build it for protection Follow this thread to see why

Build a crate to ship 915 transmission.

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Something to think about, if the energy from a hit or drop transfers through the package the part is in, it can still get damaged. The PVC is a great idea for keeping the bearing surfaces from getting marred but you also need to also absorb the energy if the package gets dropped. You might consider putting the PVC encased crank into a box padded with a spray foam like "great stuff". Spray the foam into trash bags so it doesn't stick to the part or the box. Do half at a time, when the bottom is set do the same thing again for the top. The foam will absorb the shock if the package is dropped. Encasing the foam in bags will make it possible to get to the part without destroying the packing which will be good for the return shipping.
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I went to a store that sells packing supplies here in Dallas and bought a GIANT sheet (smallest they sold) of some sort of very dense foam padding which I cut up to ship my cylinder heads to Walt at CE. VERY cheap and the stuff is very strong. You could wrap it around the crank and then slide it in the pvc but it would need to be pretty large diameter pvc.
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when i sent mine out last week, i rolled it in a long piece of cardboard width about 1" beyond the two ends of the crank. i then secured with cable ties. put it in a box and "stuffed " in more cardboard. it got there safely, and for reasonable cost ($35 to arizona).
i'd be afraid the pvc, being brittle, might crack if dropped. especially where the wood plug screws are near the edge.
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I ship cranks pretty regularly.

I wrap them first in plastic wrap, then old carpet remnant and then in a heavy duty custom made cardboard box.

No problems to date.
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I wouldn't ship it in anything that can roll easily. If you pack your PVC in a solid crate and pad it well inc. the ends, it should be safe.
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I used an 8" diameter tube made for pouring concrete footings. Cut to lenght, wrapped the cranked in cardboard and sent it along. Cheap, secure and easy.
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worked @ FEDex for three years in unload ....cranks / heads in cardboard is a BAD idea... the way things get tossed.... lost count of how many Eagle heads / cranks were hanging outta their boxes.
Best bet is buy a Plastic cooler, line with foam board, wrap crank in several plastic bags, more foam board TIGHTLY around crank, any voids put news paper in ( you want everything TIGHT so there is / will be no movement ) , then SCREW and tape top down.....
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I got one shipped to me, seller wrapped it in a big plastic bag, sprayed that expanding foam into a box sized for the crank, inserted the crank and then filled the box with the foam. You could have dropped that thing off a two story building and it would have been fine.
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