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Old 01-01-2003, 09:45 AM   #29
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I'll try and clear up some of this confusion.

First, Henschen makes axles, not brake backing plates, and brake parts. Dexter makes the OEM backing plates and brake parts, and supplies the hub/drums to Henschen.

My axles came with the shock mounts welded on, and also a neat little clip to hold the brake wires.
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Old 01-01-2003, 09:56 AM   #30
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I probably didn't need to buy this but...

Here is a neat tool I got from tooldesk.com for repacking wheel bearings. I am going to use Amsoil synthetic grease when I do mine.
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Old 01-01-2003, 01:42 PM   #31
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All you do is place the bearing in the packer, they put the cap on and apply pressure. The old grease is forced out and replaced with the new grease.
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Old 01-01-2003, 01:51 PM   #32
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You can save some money...

By buying "bare" axles without the brake plate and hub/drums. That is how I bought mine. I just pulled one of mine off today. Well, I think I made the right decision. My drums are in great shape, and so is the backing plate and it's components. I saved $300 an axle this way. I hope the the other 3 are in as good a shape as the 1st one! I do have the round magnets instead of the new oblong style. I am not going to replace them, they are fine and the trailer stops fine. Drums have no ridges and are smooth. They look a little rusty in this picture, trailer has not moved since the last week in September.
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Here's what I saw after I pulled the tire off. A tire that is 10 years old!! New set on order. I've got new shocks, of course. You can see this one leaks. Don't worry, I do have jackstands!
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Old 01-01-2003, 04:34 PM   #34
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Nice photos Pick!

Now I see what Inland RV meant when they asked me if my shocks were horizontal or vertical. Mine are vertical and so my axle came without the lower shock bracket welded on. Anyone ordering an axle where the shocks mount horizontally like yours gets an axle with the bracket already welded. That's to your advantage and savings, but I wasn't as lucky.

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"They asked me for a number of specs, and measurements that I had no knowledge of. "

i'd guess that's worth about 500 bucks...

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I guess if I needed 2 axles it would be worth a $1,000???


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After it was all said and done are the new axles a big improvement? It the ride difference noticeable, smoother etc?
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Well, yes the towing is better. This is a subjective judgement though, and I can't say that simply replacing the axle made the difference. I have new shocks, wheels, tires as well as the axle. Altogether I think there is a significant improvement, but the biggest difference is in having peace of mind.
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I ran into a guy up in Yellowstone who said he got two new axles from an outfit (Axis) in Elkhart IN for about $750 for the pair. New as in completely new, including the square tube crosspiece.
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Oops. see #40. Axles included the brake backing plates for that price--I don't know about drums. I haven't been able to confirm, yet.
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I ran into a guy up in Yellowstone who said he got two new axles from an outfit (Axis) in Elkhart IN for about $750 for the pair. New as in completely new, including the square tube crosspiece.


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