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Old 08-11-2003, 10:50 AM   #15
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Chas and all:
We are going to try to attach pictures of what we referred to earlier as the slugs that were inserted in to our new axil along with the torsion arms that attach to the splines.
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:53 AM   #16
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Post Old & New Axle

This is the old axle next to the new axle. Yellow part is the new axle the old axle is next to it and rusty brown
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This shows a detail of the torsion arm and shock mount. The shock mount was removed and welded to the new spindle.
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New axle in place. Wheel well is cleaned up and painted.
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:58 AM   #19
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Backing plate and drum attached.
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:02 AM   #20
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New ride height 13" clearance under axle. Note wheel well to tire clearance height. Finally ready to test by taking a trip to Chicago this weekend.
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:24 PM   #21
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Very interesting!

Thanks for the pics. So that is what the insides of a torsion axle look like? Looks like you could fab up just about any axle configuration possible, cut the tube to length, press in the torsion stubs, connect the arms to the proper degree and your done!

Do you have any brand names on any of these components?

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components

"Slugs" and spindles were products made by Goodyear. This company had several pallets of 3 different sizes/weight ratings. But by trimming the rubber blocks at different lengths, it offers an infinite selection of torsion spring weight. The supplier I used was a local axle manufacturer that has been making replacement axles that take the place of Henshen. Seems to be a good market. Hope the pictures have helped. Not a very difficult job once you have it jacked up!
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Old 10-10-2004, 11:23 PM   #24
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I had the pleasure of meeting Larry and Lou at the Midwest AirScream Rally this past weekend, and was able to see the fantastic difference that the new axle made in the ride height of their coach. The difference in ride height between the new Henschen DuraTorque that I had installed on my 6.0 Metre Minuet and the new axle on Larry and Lou's coach is tremendous. The new axle on my coach only increased the ride height about 1.5" so I still have to be very cautious about approaching driveways with steep drainage dips. While I am happy with my Henschen replacement axle, I would certainly have appreciated the greater ground clearance for day-to-day towability.

While visiting about our Minuets, we learned that both of our coaches still have their original issue Argosy Step Stools that were used rather than the typical fold-down steps - - Larry and Lou's is only the second such step that I have encountered among Minuet owners. A photo of the Argosy Step Stool is below:



It was interesting to compare notes with another Minuet owner who has links with the original purchaser of the coach.

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GVWR, Axle Weight Rating and such...

Hey Larry - I have had an ongoing conversation w/others on the forums after I posted a question related to the old axle on our 6.7metre. I am wondering if you, after having your new axle created, know what your new axle weight rating is? Is it 3300 (as Andy says that is what our old ones were rated), 3500 (that is what we have been told to put on) or higher?
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Hey Larry - I have had an ongoing conversation w/others on the forums after I posted a question related to the old axle on our 6.7metre. I am wondering if you, after having your new axle created, know what your new axle weight rating is? Is it 3300 (as Andy says that is what our old ones were rated), 3500 (that is what we have been told to put on) or higher?
From our notes: The cost of the torque flex was $366.98....the year that we decided to fix the problem. It has a 3500 lb. weight rating. 4000# axle might be a bit high (at least a little hard for our little Minuet). These coaches were built pretty light. We worry about shaking it apart. But we are towing with a 1 T. van. A 4000 lb. spring may ride hard. We have played with height adjustments since ours is indeed adjustable and settled for a wheel well measurement of 25.5 inches...Marathon tires with 55 psi. We have had the axles from 2004-2009 and we are still happy with this measurement. At 30-34" seemed unstable, with lots of wiggle and seemed top heavy. This is without weight distribution hitch but with friction anti-sway. At 25.5" it tows great!
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Thanks for those details!!!! Noticed you added to my Axle confusion post (haven't read your comments yet). I guess I was a little rattled when I first posted it, especially after Andy said our original axle rating was 3300. But I feel the 3500 being recommended to us is going to work. You just confirmed that here. Thanks again.
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While visiting about our Minuets, we learned that both of our coaches still have their original issue Argosy Step Stools that were used rather than the typical fold-down steps - - Larry and Lou's is only the second such step that I have encountered among Minuet owners. A photo of the Argosy Step Stool is below:



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Kevin, can you post that pic again. Chris made a step for us, but we would like to be on the lookout for an original one.
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