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Old 12-05-2009, 12:01 PM   #15
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Best to stick with what the original engineers can up with. There are a few threads on the forums where shock mounts have been cut off the old axle and welded onto the new one.

I'll bet trout-flys 7/8" comes from the wrench size used to take the bolts off and Andys 5/8" comes from the actual bolt diameter. In that case both are correct.
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Old 12-05-2009, 02:42 PM   #16
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i did use a a 7/8 wrench to take off the bolts,,,right now the shock mount is on the end of the old torsion arm,,,when i get the new one i`m a little concerned about the heat going along the arm to the axel where the rubber is,,,,but i will install the shock,,,i chose the dexter because the local spring shop in langley b.c. handles their product,,,it comes complete with brakes and mounting bracket,,,,but it costs $771 can. plus shipping from calgary(about $125),,,they don`t handle the originnal,,,,where would the name of the axel be located,,,then i would know what axel i have thanks keith
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i did use a a 7/8 wrench to take off the bolts,,,right now the shock mount is on the end of the old torsion arm,,,when i get the new one i`m a little concerned about the heat going along the arm to the axel where the rubber is,,,,but i will install the shock,,,i chose the dexter because the local spring shop in langley b.c. handles their product,,,it comes complete with brakes and mounting bracket,,,,but it costs $771 can. plus shipping from calgary(about $125),,,they don`t handle the originnal,,,,where would the name of the axel be located,,,then i would know what axel i have thanks keith
The original axle installed on your Caravel was made by Henschen, a couple of blocks away from Airstream in Jackson Center. The original rating was 3000 pounds, but can be increased to 3200 pounds, "AND NO MORE". It also had 10 inch brakes. 12 inch brakes may not fit within your wheel well.

There is a data plate spot welded to the square axle tube, about 1 1/2" X 3".

Installing the shock brackets on a new axle, is OK, provided the welder doesn't horse around with the welding.

Replace the 5/8 inch bolts with grade "8" hardware, if you can.

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Old 12-05-2009, 06:45 PM   #18
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Thanks Andy ,,,,i told the owner that the rating should be 3000,,,,he told me that dexter makes 2000 and 3500,,,they stopped making 3000`s years ago,,i asked him a couple of times and he assured me that 3000 is really 3500 ,,,i haven`t ordered them yet,,,i was going to order them on monday,,i`ll give it a few days,,,you figure 3200 is max,,,,thanks keith
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I believe I have the 3500 on my Caravel, and it has been no problem. It rides very smoothly, and we've been really happy with it.
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