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Nobody likes cutting threads they don't have to.

Perhaps a Dyna or bagger rear axle would provide the length you need. I'd measure what you need then contact a salvage like Pinwall etc to see what they've got.
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I bought a used axle that is 3/4". I may have to add some metal and machine the head, to make it match the stock Sportster Axle. I will definitely be cutting and rethreading the other end. There is not a 3/4' axle that is the right length. So I will be cutting to correct length, turning down a new shoulder then turning down some more and threading the end. As for not wanting to thread . .?? It doesn't bother me a bit. I'll start the threads on the lathe and then do a clean up with a quality die.
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Most non-pros prefer to avoid threading. If you don't find it tedious than good for you!

BTW I get cheap/free lengths of round bar from my local machine shop and metal supplier who often have cutoffs left over from previous jobs/orders. Not just 1018 but sometimes 4140. It's worth getting to know them. Scrap steel prices are in the toilet recently so for bigger items scrapyards are worth a look. (Mine apologized for how little they gave for the last car I brought in!)

Glad ya got it done and happy machining!
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Well as a retired instructor, I used to even teach some machine shop. So I have threaded before, using a lathe. But with such fine threads, like I said, I'll finish it up with a die. But the lathe will get it started and concentric, without a lot of tearing. Don't want it stress points.
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