Originally Posted by tevake
Thanks for that input Andy. Glad to hear from you.
I'm wondering what differences could justify the huge range in cost?
They seem to be the same axels with the brackets installed in different places?
Am I missing something?
It is good to know that they are available.
The difference is between absolute bare and complete.
The complete tag axle, has the two leveling valve brackets installed, along with both leveling valves. They may or may not need to be adjusted for the heighth control.
They also have the special shock bracket installed along with the shocks.
The 12 inch self adjusting brakes are also installed, which continuously adjust themselves going forward or backwards.
Plus the bearings, races and grease seals for the drums are included.
The axle is basically ready to install, without needing any welding or adjustments except as stated above.
The only thing that needs to be salvaged from the old tag axle, is the 10 lug drums.
8 Lug drums are available, but using them would require changing the tag axle wheels, which can be done, if so desired.
A new tag axle should contain as far as possible, everything new, instead of piece meal, as well as upgraded to current technology.
Lastly, the weight rating is increased from 3000 pounds to 3500 pounds, along with an increase in the starting angle from 22.5 degrees to 32 degrees.
As you can see, there is a huge difference in the parts supplied and the labor to make the tag axle complete.
I trust this answers your questions.