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Old 06-28-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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Axles - Colin Hyde MIA?

I am in a bit of a bind. I ordered axles from Colin Hyde a while back; he left a message two weeks ago saying they we ready and it would take a few days to get shipping lined up. Unfortunately I have not heard anything since then and have not been able to get in touch with him via Email or his phone number. Almost every time I call the "mailbox is full and can't accept new messages".

Normally it would not be a big deal but I am heading to Maine on July 11; I don't want to redo the bearings and brakes now and then install new axles on my return in August.

Does anyone know where Colin is or how I can get in touch with him to find out where my axles are?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 06-28-2016, 06:16 PM   #2
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He's probably at the International rally in West Virginia.
You know, the place that was pretty much flooded out, and washed away. Communication with my friends that are there is very spotty.
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:55 PM   #3
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He can be difficult to reach, but he's definitely an honest guy - and your axles will just bolt right in. Do you have the shocks yet? The particular shocks that Colin recommends are pretty stout - they're a fit for the rear axle of a 1 ton truck. They also include the required studs to bolt them to the shock arms.

If you have lug bolts right now, remember that the new axles will have studs, so you'll also need to get 1/2" lug nuts to fit.
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If you have lug bolts right now, remember that the new axles will have studs, so you'll also need to get 1/2" lug nuts to fit.
Most of the axles I've gotten include lug nuts. Granted, they are the standard steel lug nuts, which fit steel wheels, but they were included.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:09 PM   #5
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Spoke with Colin yesterday, alive & well.
Heading up to his shop in AM.
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:11 PM   #6
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Most of the axles I've gotten include lug nuts. Granted, they are the standard steel lug nuts, which fit steel wheels, but they were included.
You're 100% correct. The lug nuts are included; I've got aluminum wheels, so I wanted some semi-decorative nuts since they show.

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Old 06-29-2016, 12:27 PM   #7
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Talked to him last week to pay for my axles already ordered.
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Old 06-29-2016, 03:55 PM   #8
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Axles arrived!

Looks like I jumped the gun. Axles arrived this afternoon; about the same time Colin sent an Email saying they should be here tomorrow or the next day. So I am good to go!

Axles came with lug nuts, hardware and an owners manual with a parts list. (After last summer's "smoking bearing" I intend to carry spare bearings, cups and seal; so the parts list will make that easy to figure out.) I already have some standard "Airstream" shocks that I was going to install before I discovered that I also needed new axles.

Last decision will be new tires. Right now I am leaning toward keeping the 15 inch steel wheels but upgrading to Michelins. Hope that I have enough time to do it before the trip; if not then it will be the last trip east for my old Goodyear Marathons. (I think they were built in the USA and have given me very good service - unlike the Chinese tires on my boat trailer.)

Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.

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The particular shocks that Colin recommends are pretty stout - they're a fit for the rear axle of a 1 ton truck. They also include the required studs to bolt them to the shock arms.
Does anyone know what the model # is for these heavy duty shocks? Need four for my 1973 31' Sovereign. I am not a fan of the stock Airstream shocks, might as well not have anything.
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He recommended (Monroe Gas Magnum shock #555003) for my axles. Which I just ordered from him today.
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