We had a chance to stop by Currie Enterprises‘ shop located in Corona, California before this years Off Road Expo. We wanted to get a first hand experience to see what happens at the shop and how their axles, and housings are assembled.
We were lucky enough to have a one-on-one tour with Ray Currie. Ray’s father Frank Currie began designing and building differentials for material-handling equipment back in 1959. He worked out of his garage fabricating and assembling rearends for personnel carriers, electric carts, tugs, scissor lifts and other specialty vehicles.
Ray and his brothers entered the family business in the late 1970s while they also decided to turn their off-road hobby into a family business and began developing superior aftermarket rearends for Jeeps. In 1989, John and Ray had purchased the company from their father and began to take over day to day operations.
Walking around the shop it was evident that the processes had been refined over the years and everything runs like a well oiled machine. Ray walked us through the entire process of how they build and manufacture their products.
Each day Currie produces approximately 30 complete axles a day. Each product has approximately a two week lead time, but once the assembly process starts it only takes a day to complete. Ray Currie mentioned, “Everything is made in house, and to order.”
Some of the more popular products they do get in stock to make the process faster, but most of the time everything is made to order. Blank axles sit on shelves waiting to be pulled, drilled, and splined depending on the order. Currie splines 28, 30, 31, 35, 40, 45 axles, all depending on what the customer’s request is.
“We saw something very interesting in September of last year. For the first time the amount of off-road orders where over 50-percent of our total orders,” Ray Currie mentioned about the shift in the market. Ray said they still do plenty of hot rod axles, even doing runs for military vehicles. You could see the wide rage of axles on pallets all over the shop, from hot rods to axles getting prepped for the King of the Hammers race in February.
There where pallets of axles everywhere, showing the wide range of axles produced, but not all the axles where new. Currie Enterprises does rebuild their old axles, customers can send there axles in to be rebuilt. The military had sent Currie back axles from Afghanistan that they pulled from their vehicles. The interesting thing about this was the vehicles were staying axle-less overseas, and the new rebuilt axles would be placed in new vehicles on our shores.
This really hit home with us, as well as showed us the type and quality of product Currie produces. Currie really takes pride in the quality of product they produce and it shows with the amount of returning customers.
Check out even more pictures from our time at Currie Enterprises in the gallery below!