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Old 08-30-2003, 07:29 PM   #29
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Reading this thread kind of motivates me to want to do something with my axles; but as I remember I don't think they need changing. I would like to have it sitting higher but it sits evenly and I donít think there is a problem.

My previous A/S definitely needed the fix but I wasn't watching this forum at that time or I probably would have made the adventure!
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Old 09-03-2003, 04:57 PM   #30
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Question Dexter Axles

I am a new Airstreamer with a '69 ,27' Overlander.I've found all of your writings very interesting and informative.It's now my turn to replace the axles on my trailer,and I've found that I can buy Dexter axles,which are the same quality and construction as the Henschens,for about half the price.Under $400.00 per axle with brakes. My only concern is that my axles are originaly 2800# and Dexters only come in 2000# and then jump to 3500#. Andy has advised me to go with 3200# in the henschen's anyway so will another 600#'s be of major concern? Thanks for the advice in advance B.W.W.
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Old 09-03-2003, 05:07 PM   #31
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I just got an email from a local supplier he has a similar axle called posiflex and can supply a 3500# unit with brakes for about $400.
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Old 09-03-2003, 05:10 PM   #32
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Where did you find the Dexter's ????
I'm in need of two axles. $400 sounds better than $800.

BTW You have e-mail.

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Old 09-03-2003, 05:25 PM   #34
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I don't think that the higher rating of the Dexter axle is a problem -that's the max weight rating and not more than 10% different.
Will the Dexter axles be a bolt in like the ones from Andy and will you be able to install shocks on them?
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Old 09-03-2003, 05:50 PM   #35
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Yes,the dexters will be exactly like your Henschen and they will weld on schock mounts. 6Rpbles is a large manufacturer of axles for the heavy trucking industry as well as boat,and horse trailers. area code 503-652-9971
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Sounds great - thanks for info. I'll have to give them a call.
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Old 09-03-2003, 06:08 PM   #37
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Guys,
Careful when ordering the Dexter Axles. I understand that the torsion arms are shorter, and that the shock mount is different.
If the torsion arm is shorter, then the front wheel WILL hit the outrigger in front of the wheel when you use 7x15.00 tires, at the first major bump.
Also, the mounts might be different and the axle tube might be of different size. All these things can be a real bear when trying to do a diy job.
I am not too good with a torch or grinder to make an axle fit. Just a word of caution, before you get too excited about the Dexter axle.
I heard of people making them fit, but never without some fabrication. When I did my research a few month ago, it seemed that the Henschen Dura Torque axle, although expensive, was the only direct, perfect fit replacement that is currently available.
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Thanks UWE,
Dexter axle has a good web site with drawings and specs on thier axles. I'll have to get under my unit and take some careful measurements and see what might fit. Thanks for the heads up.
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UWE,yes ,what you say may be true of dexter axles,but the company I am talking about is a fab shop,specializing in building axles for specified applications.When you order ,as I understand it,they will ask for all of your demensions and specs,and build to that using Dexter parts. I will be paying their shop a visit this week,and find out for sure about all these concerns. BWW
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Axle Experts!

Quick question...I recently replaced axles and got them loaded with brakes (12x2). The wires coming off my brakes are GREEN, I notice in the picture above they are white. Are mine the right size magnets for this application? My brakes still do not have as much stopping force as the old ones from 1972! They are definitely broken in and I have adjusted them to the point of light dragging, too. Does anyone have the Dexter model numbers for the right ones so I can check and make sure? I have a 1972 Sovereign GWR 7300# (tandem axles, of course).

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I do not think the wire color has anything to do with the size of the brakes ore the stopping power.

It has been a while since I had electric brakes (in a MH now) but have you gone thru the full adjustment process on the brake controller since installing the new axles. I know it is a silly question, but sometimes we forget to start simple. Also how many miles ave you towed with your new brakes. I belive there is a run it period after inital install to get everything well mated. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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Yes, I think I've been through the setup process pretty thoroughly. The brakes have more than 1600 miles on them. I've broken them in and adjusted them in strict accordance with the procedures outlined on the Kelsey-Hayes website (.pdf). I have an ammeter built into my brake controller, so I know the proper current is flowing. I'll probably re-do the manual adjustment one more time and see what happens.
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