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Old 04-25-2007, 04:44 PM   #15
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Torsion axles do not wear out...

... All torsion axles, regardless of manufacture, can have the rubber rods ruined, ...

... Leaf spring bushings, do wear out.
Crap-out or wear-out. Regardless, something has to be done to either axle type to restore a cush ride.

In somewhat of a dichotomy, if one regularly uses a torsion axle, it will take longer for the axle to crap out whereas using a leaf spring axle regularly will wear out the bushings.

OTOH, a leaf spring axle will last forever if not used whereas a torsion axle becomes "toast" after three years of non-use.

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Old 04-25-2007, 04:59 PM   #16
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In somewhat of a dichotomy, if one regularly uses a torsion axle, it will take longer for the axle to crap out whereas using a leaf spring axle regularly will wear out the bushings.

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I don't mind replacing the bushings every 30,000 miles. They only cost $15.
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I don't mind replacing the bushings every 30,000 miles. They only cost $15.
Not sure about Air Streams, in some of the 60's vintage cars buying the bushing is the EZ part. Getting the labor done that's another story.

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I don't mind replacing the bushings every 30,000 miles. They only cost $15.
Yeah, but multiply that by the four bushings you need, and your parts charge will start to mount.

Now, if I bounce that off of the cost of replacing my genuine Dura-torques, let's see...

Uh, never mind.

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Yeah, but multiply that by the four bushings you need, and your parts charge will start to mount.

Now, if I bounce that off of the cost of replacing my genuine Dura-torques, let's see...

Uh, never mind.

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But for $15 each, I can get the high tech urethane bushings.
. . . then I only need to change them every 150,000 miles!
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An interesting comment; it's occurred to me that my Overlander rides like an old Cadillac. Go over a bump, and it rises and settles calmly and gracefully.
That's what I want........to ride like an old Cadillac. I'm getting the old part down. The other part is a work in progress
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I disagree that leaf springs less stable and less desirable. And they do not increase the ride height.

The original single drop axle leaf spring set up used in my '59 is very stable. The axle has more "travel" than a torsion axle, and the very long leaves give a soft ride like an old Continental. Also, you can adjust the ride and load capacity by adding or subtracting leaves. And they don't wear out like a torsion axle.

The above statement aside, I don't know if the same holds true for dual axle set-up, and I certainly wouldn't use a set of used leaf springs, or a set of utility trailer springs.
Good response Don -- we need everything we can get from folks who are keeping the oldest Airstreams on the road. In an old thread we never got a response about what gives with the axle replacement on this 1955 Romany. The member is inactive and we'll probably never know. I almost see a leaf there but something isn't according to specs. The exception doesn't prove the rule .... my bad!
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