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Old 06-29-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Chassis parts availability?

I have been searching and not finding much info, thought I would ask.

Is there anywhere I can buy the stamped sheet metal pieces that weld to the outside of the frame rails? The ones that the belly pan rivet too?

Also how about the two plates that hold the step?
Mine are not rusted, but the slots that guide the step down and then the notch that locks it in place are all worn and bent out of shape. It is, of course, fixable as anything is but I think if they are available that would be the simplest way.

I have also found that Dexter makes new replacement axles through retail dealerships, but does anyone sell rebuild kits? The housings of the axles I have are fine, the trailing arms are good, the stub axle is great as are the bearings and brakes...all that needs replacing is the rubber spring inside.

Thanks folks.

PS: Where have you folks found the most reasonable axle supplier?
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:19 PM   #2
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They are called outriggers

Everything you need is available from ODM. I buy quite a few bits and pieces from them. Call parts and ask for Ben.

To the best of my knowledge torsion axles cannot be rebuilt due to the process involved.

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Aaron. ODM had most of what I needed and not too bad priced. I was going to have to do a lot of welding and cutting to try to fab some home made out riggers and the bad step O.R. would be hard to cut out smoothly for good step operation. They had outriggers and the step outriggers for around $25 ea. Not "cheap" but worth the simplicity.

I also got some new shoulder bolts for the steps since ours are worn badly.

Thanks, I can recommend ODM also now.
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I have also found that Dexter makes new replacement axles through retail dealerships, but does anyone sell rebuild kits? The housings of the axles I have are fine, the trailing arms are good, the stub axle is great as are the bearings and brakes...all that needs replacing is the rubber spring inside.
The rubber interior of the torsion axle is frozen in liquid nitrogen when manufactured as I understand it, and then inserted into the axle tube where it thaws and locks the parts together. The process cannot be reversed, so the axle must be replaced as one piece. You can get them loaded with brakes and so on, or naked, without those parts. The extra cost of a loaded unit is so low that the labor and use of used parts is generally considered to favor a loaded axle, new in all respects.
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I think we are also going with loaded axles. Just the cost of new shoes and magnets is the same as cost of a loaded axle over an unloaded. Good value and peace of mind for my kids.

I know there are a couple of common axle suppliers I have seen recommended here, but has anyone used Dexter torflex axles? What is the comparative cost?

The 2 main axle builders recommended are both really far east from so cal so shipping will hurt I think. Dexter has certified axle builders all over the country with a couple of them here in so cal within will call distance. Just curious if anyone has used them and what is the consensus.
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I purchases Axis axles from Colin Hyde because I wanted 12" brakes on my Safari. Depending on the weight rating, you may be required to have 10" brakes on Dexter axles.

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I think we are also going with loaded axles. Just the cost of new shoes and magnets is the same as cost of a loaded axle over an unloaded. Good value and peace of mind for my kids.

I know there are a couple of common axle suppliers I have seen recommended here, but has anyone used Dexter torflex axles? What is the comparative cost?

The 2 main axle builders recommended are both really far east from so cal so shipping will hurt I think. Dexter has certified axle builders all over the country with a couple of them here in so cal within will call distance. Just curious if anyone has used them and what is the consensus.
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When I replaced my axle on my Argosy 20' I used Dexter and it has been a very good choice.
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Where they much more money compared to the standard $700 ish you can find the standard axles for?
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I don't know who the question is directed to, but my axles were $575 each, including shipping, but bare as I went with disc brakes.

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Where they much more money compared to the standard $700 ish you can find the standard axles for?
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Wow, good to know Kerfoot.
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Where they much more money compared to the standard $700 ish you can find the standard axles for?
The $700 variety axle is like mine, rated for about 5000 lbs single axle installation
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