Originally Posted by dartagnan
Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm learning a lot about this trailer and its restoration from those of you who have been there. I found the shocks. I looks up and behind the wheels...and there those buggers were. It appears that there are more than enough replacements for these axels, but the posts only mentioned the Henschen Dura torque. Any one have comments on other selections based on quality and installation ease?
Fitting a torsion axle on a trailer that is almost 50 years old, will require a little extra work.
The important thing, with torsion axles, is the quality of construction.
Lab tests show that some do not completely weld the torsion arm to the shaft, the shaft is mild steel instead of tempered, the rubber rods are stiffer, and it most cases, the axle is not aligned to specs, and the torsion arm is made with less carbon steel in it's forging.
Then they are available with standard, or self adjusting brakes, which are far superior.
In other word, there is top quality available, as well as knock-offs.
Then, then are shipping costs to consider.
One manufacturer ships from one place, and another ships from 21 places.
As always, the buyer usually gets what they pay for.