Originally Posted by Zstream
Does anyone know what axle was installed at the factory in 1963
on Overlanders? The wheel is a 6 lug. I would like to find as much info as possible on the factory installed axle, wheels, breaks & shocks. Thank you for your help! Z.
The original axles were made by Henschen. The weight rating was 2600lbs.
The axles were bolted in 1963
, not welded, so a replacement is relatively easy.
My Overlander had one axle with electric brakes, and one axle with hydraulic brakes. The hydraulic brakes had a device on the tongue that could lock the wheels for parking, and that could also be hooked into the tow vehicle's hydraulic system.
I removed it and installed Dexter axles with disc brakes.
The original wheels were split rims, with a 1.5in outset.
The original brake drum size was 12in x2in.
The shocks are standard issue Airstream shocks, and I would recommend that if you are running shocks that you get Airstream shocks again. Automotive Gas shocks are too harsh for this suspension system.
I hope this answers your questions.