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Old 04-05-2003, 08:12 PM   #1
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Nice to meet everyone! I have a 1965 19' Globetrotter, the question I have is how much axle travel should I have on the tortion axle? when I jack up the one side the tire only drops about 2".

The reason I am asking is that when towing the beauty rides like a old lumber wagon, I just switched the tires from 7.00-15 to a radial 225/75/15 haven't had it out yet to see if made any change. before you ask I, Yes I have had the tires balanced but have not pulled the shocks yet. Can they restrict the axle movement? Thank You for all inputs, Doug
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The shocks should not restrict axle movement.

2" drop is most likely correct. It is a torsion bar axle. No metal springs. The material inside the axle that is being twisted is a rubber like compound.

The radial tires do not have the same charistics of bias ply tires. The side wall of a radial is more flexible. So you may experience more trailer sway with those tires. And the 225's may squat more and as a result may contact the insise of a vintage wheel well of some trailers. Hope the tire is an ST, as in the first 2 letters of the tire size. And the tire max load rating should be high enough for the entire load. Max towed load as weighed at the scales. Divided by the # of tires on the trailer. This # should be less than what is stamped on the outside of the tires as to max load. How much less? Well this is your safety margin. I suggest 10%.

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