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Old 08-21-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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I am getting started on 65 Globetrotter project and am looking at the axel.
Tried the 3" test and scored about 2. After removing the hub to get a better look at things. I applied pressure to the swing arm, the travel was only 1/2" before the trailer started to lift. Is the 3" all in the swing arm or does that include any tire / shock compression? Any comments? Jim
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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It's for the spindle/hub only, tire flexing doesn't count. If it did, all you'd have to do is lower the air pressure to be "good".
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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It's for the spindle/hub only, tire flexing doesn't count. If it did, all you'd have to do is lower the air pressure to be "good".
Yeahbut, wouldn't that save everybody a lot of money?

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Thanks Terry , that was my assumption. I just havent seen any posts that go beyond the "tire drop" test and the angle of my swing arms does not appear too far off what most illustrations indicate as in the "acceptable range". This suggests to me that the angle of swing arm is not a reliable indicator of axel condition.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:20 PM   #5
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With only that amount of travel and being a 65 U can pretty well figure that the rubber rods in that axle are solidified. I changed axles last yr and it made a HUGE difference in how the trail rides and handles.
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I replaced the tandem axles on our Trade Wind last Spring. Great improvement with less tossing of 'stuff' in the coach (except our recent ride on 680 north of San Jose!) and noticable towing smoothness. Worth the expense and easy to accomplish. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ind-52479.html

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Thanks all. The axel replacement was assumed prior to purchase , so I mainly wanted to bring up the point that the gear appeared to be moving
when in fact the axel is frozen. Nice pics on the axel replacement, I'll be referring to them soon. Jim
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