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Old 06-16-2016, 05:48 AM   #1
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Bent Tag Axle

My Mechanic just informed me that my tag axial is bent. Any suggestions? Should I try to straiten it or should I look to replace it? Jim

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Old 06-16-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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I'm guessing when the mechanic says the tag axle is bent he means one of the spindles is bent. One of the other members here on Airforums had one of his tag axle spindles break off and the wheel disappeared off into the distance never to be seen again.

The repair shop tried to weld on a replacement spindle with horrible results. He ended up buying a used tag axle and is now back on the road. I would highly recommend you find a new or used replacement tag axle assembly rather than trying to fix the one you have.

That's just my opinion of course.


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Old 06-16-2016, 02:32 PM   #3
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The axle has a hump in it when installed.

I would confirm it is truly bent.

If the tag axle is the original, common opinion is it needs to be replaced, anyway.


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Old 06-16-2016, 03:13 PM   #4
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As mentioned above the tag axle has a center high hump to set the camber angle. If there is additional problem take it to a heavy duty truck axle shop.
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Old 08-10-2016, 01:22 PM   #5
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Hi Jim,

I'm the one who bought the tag axle from bkahler. Actual story is: thought my axle was bent - when in fact it was not (rear air bags were very low) which caused a slight sag and "tipping in of wheels" making appear as axle was bent.

Blew out a tire (on trip to S.D.)- had tire replaced by shop.
Shop thought axle was bent also.
Shop put the wrong sized bearing in (that's what happens when you travel with beautiful models that distract the mechanic) :-(
- had a gap between locking nut
- about 80-90 miles out, the bearing came loose, sheered the nut right off and off flew my wheel and new tire!

The wheel ripped the aluminum behind wheel well, tore off trim, rub rail and fortunately didn't take out my tanks or hurt anyone behind me!

I would double check your rear air bags. When properly inflated, you will have the additional lift needed and the wheels and axle should be fine (UNLESS you actually have a bent axle). Good luck!

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My tag also look's a bit "bend", but i don't know yet.
Wheebearings are 1 year old now, tires brand new.
Any idea WHAT the exact hight for the airbag suspension need's to be?
Mine are also replaced in early 2015, we re-inforced the pads also to alicn them and to avoid "scratching".
The came from "Goodyear", were choosen after the OEM part number.

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