I've run into this too and figured it was just a tolerance issue.
Either that or North American molecules are a different size.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Howard [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2005 12:07 PM
> To: Dodd, Kelvin
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Rear axle
> During the winter when some of us in our club were taking apart
> Salisbury rear axles to see what was inside, we were able to remove
> gearsets from the two we tried w/o using the spreader tool, which we
> didn't have anyway.
> Were there manufacturing tolerances great enough that sometimes the
> tool was not required?
> Do you suppose it could be that some DPO simply filed off .010 from
> the case for clearance?