Forgive my confusion having just read this thread (and others).
Part of my confusion is terminology, I think. And, while I understand different years and different models are, well... different
, there do seem to be similar measurements, at least in some things. So, Hotpuppy has the following:
Originally Posted by Hotpuppy
I have a 1973 Argosy 24 and my numbers are close to those....
61-3/8 outside bracket to outside bracket. 77.5" hub face to hub face...
Thisisliving has something similar, but leaves out the "outside bracket" measurement.
Greg@AirLA says "don't forget to add" an 80" hubface dimension, and that squares with a number of others (including in other axle threads) where 80 or 80-and-an-eighth seem similar.
SO... without trying to add fuel to the fire... Let me try to find out just how these measurements should be taken. See pictures below...
One picture is for the "outside bracket" measurement (wording used by Dexter) while the other is the hub face-to-face measurement. The outside bracket picture illustrates what I think Andy was talking about (and what he called a "plate" but it all just got confusing). Measuring outside of the bracket that is welded to the frame and to which the axle is attached with bolts is, on my '76 Overlander, is 61 3/4 inches, but measuring between
them is about 61 3/8 inches, or about 3/8 of an inch difference. Intuitively, I think the manufacturer would want the inner measurement... but?
The hub face picture shows what I think is my other concern - measured from the part of the hub shown, where the studs go - from that point to the other hub at the other end, on my axle is 80 1/4 inches - similar to that 80 inch measurement Greg mentions, and that others say is "80 1/8 inches" in other threads. Yet, the measurement from the edge
of the broader, flat "face" of my hub to the other hub is the same as Hotpuppy says, 77 1/2 inches.
All of these differences are within an eighth of an inch here or 3/8ths there... yet are pretty critical to this whole process. Yet, try as I might reading all these axle threads, I'm still confused! Any comments?