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Old 09-29-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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Axles and Tires in So. CA?

I would like to find a source for a new Axle complete with Brakes for my 1958 18 Footer, I will be staying with the original Springs. I would also like to get a new pair of Tires and want to stay with something that would look original. And yes, I would like to avoid shipping costs so it would be better to find a local source.
Thanks in advance for helping to save time looking.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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I would like to find a source for a new Axle complete with Brakes for my 1958 18 Footer, I will be staying with the original Springs. I would also like to get a new pair of Tires and want to stay with something that would look original. And yes, I would like to avoid shipping costs so it would be better to find a local source.
Thanks in advance for helping to save time looking.
Steve
Steve,

I went with Axis in Indiana, but there was shipping and a surcharge for residential delivery. I purchased wheels from Southwest Wheel in Dallas, again shipping. The original tires were LT and they should be available at a good tire store. To avoid shipping on the axles, brakes and wheels I would suggest a trailer repair shop. Probably not one in Idyllwild, you will have to come down from the mountain to Riverside, San Berdo, Hemet or maybe Temecula/Murrieta. Should be a horse trailer repair in Hemet.

Question, why replace the axle but not the springs? If you are after new brakes, go with fully loaded backing plates. Just make sure that the new brakes fit the old drums, I had that problem with the Liner and had to go with new axles.

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Try www.dexteraxle.com

They are the largest producer of axles in the USA, with over 300 dealers nation wide - there is likely one in your back yard.

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Old 09-29-2006, 04:19 PM   #5
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Hello piratesteve , for the tires you can get some good bias ply ,the only
tire that does look original ,heavy ribbed tread and 8 ply .The goodyear
workhorse is a very good tire to get or the hercules bias ,has 9 plys 5 tread
4 sidewall ,I really like those ,and BIG O Tires can probably provide the greenball towmaster bias ply ,another good tire .the tires come in load range
C or D ,you should have the D rated tires .The other posts recommend the
axle vendors so no need for me to add to there recommendations .

Good axle hunting ,

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