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Old 07-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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'79 low profile axle

My 79 Safari has low profile axles. It seems like most of the axles I've seen on the forums have been the high profile type. I'm really looking for something with the least amount of necessary modifications if you get my drift. I'm attaching a photo of my low profile axle bracket. Any experience with this?
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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Thom,

I have the low profile axles on my 1979 Safari also. I have new axles but not installed them as yet. I was told that it is necessary to redrill one hole on each bracket, but not confirmed that. I was also told that there is no redrilling required on the high profile brackets.

I ordered the axles through Colin Hyde by Uwe at Area 63 in Orange, CA.

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My 79 Safari has low profile axles. It seems like most of the axles I've seen on the forums have been the high profile type. I'm really looking for something with the least amount of necessary modifications if you get my drift. I'm attaching a photo of my low profile axle bracket. Any experience with this?
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My 79 Safari has low profile axles. It seems like most of the axles I've seen on the forums have been the high profile type. I'm really looking for something with the least amount of necessary modifications if you get my drift. I'm attaching a photo of my low profile axle bracket. Any experience with this?
Why do you want low profile mounting brackets when most all tow vehicles today are high profile?

The higher profile makes rigging much easier.

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By "low profile" do you mean worn out such that the arm from the axle to the hub points above the horizontal?

Except for the extra flange wrapped around the back of the bracket, it doesn't look that different from my new ones shown below. Am I missing something?

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Hey Bill,
I would be real interested in seeing what your axle brackets look like. So you are saying that they are the high profile?

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Andy,
I'm not sure what I'm gonna end up with at this point, but to answer your question, I had not planned on changing the ride height and profile on my trailer.


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DKB SATX,
The major difference that I see in our brackets is your axle sits about an inch below the body pan and frame. My axles sit flush with the frame and belly pan.

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The major difference that I see in our brackets is your axle sits about an inch below the body pan and frame. My axles sit flush with the frame and belly pan.

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I guess an inch is a big deal where center-of-gravity and hitch height are concerned. I was looking more at the shape of the brackets themselves than the final position of the axle tube, but I see what you mean now.

The change on mine was from old axles to new and it raised the trailer about 1.5" which didn't seem like much, but it gives me more clearance to level in sloped campsites, and gets me a little more drop from the dump valve to the dump station.
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Thanks for the info. I may eventually go the same route.
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Thom,

I will post a picture tonight when I return home.

Regarding Andy's post, I went with the low profile bracket and 22.5 degree down angle since I tow with a 1977 Lincoln Continental and do not want a higher trailer. In addition, my wife is in a wheelchair and the lower height of an Airstream makes her entry and exit much easier.

Since I have a vintage trailer, the dump valves do not hang down like the new trailers.

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I would be real interested in seeing what your axle brackets look like. So you are saying that they are the high profile?

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I would love to see a picture of those axles. They are probably close to what I will be getting from Colin as well. Are you putting them on yourself?

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Thom,

Here is a picture of the existing axle and two pictures of the new axles.

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I will be installing them myself, with help.

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Here is a picture of the existing axle and two pictures of the new axles.

Bill
The shock brackets don't have a shock stud in them.

Are you having to install that stud?

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