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Old 04-20-2006, 09:01 PM   #1
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Dexter axles

I have talked to three dexter dealers and none of them will order the axles I want with 12" brakes. They all tell me to get the 12" brakes I have to go with 6000# axles (I DON'T THINK SO). Can any body tell me who to talk to who to call?
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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Where are you located?

Their website clearly shows 4000# to 6000# axles with a #11 spindle and 12×2" brakes.

http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1080235/f/6-8K%...0_res_2-05.pdf
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:30 PM   #4
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I need 2 axles that are 3000 or 3500# axles. That's the problem.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:31 PM   #5
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There aren't any official Dexter distributors in Memphis. I'm suprised.

Maybe that's why you can't find a good local source. Call the National Sales Office and see if they can hook you up with a more co-operative local dealer.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:33 PM   #6
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I need 2 axles that are 3000 or 3500# axles. That's the problem.
Yeah, that's the problem.
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The problem.......

The problem is ......

All in how you ask. You need to talk to the factory - Dexter has around 300 (give or take) dealers accross the USA. Most don't sell many axles that are "custom". Start with the factory based in Elkhart, Indiana. They will help you define your request. Once defined "clearly" - your dealer will say - ok, we can do that.

Just two cents from a retired axle dude!

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Henry,

Correct me if I'm wrong but, with tandem axles, aren't 10" brakes sufficient to do the job, especially with an Overlander?

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Old 04-20-2006, 09:48 PM   #9
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Custom Springs sells axles but they just order them out of a catolog. they would custom do the mounting plates but not the brakes.

I will check with factory and see what they say.

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Henry,

Correct me if I'm wrong but, with tandem axles, aren't 10" brakes sufficient to do the job, especially with an Overlander?

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Frederic,

I don't know, but on my 1979 Safari which is 23' long, I have dual axles with 12" brakes.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but, with tandem axles, aren't 10" brakes sufficient to do the job, especially with an Overlander?

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I don't think so. My brand new 12x2 brakes ( 1971 TradeWind) were less than satisfactory on long and steep descents.
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Hello eveyone,

Most sob tandems usually do have 10" drums ,not 12" ,My auto shop does alot of trailer service ,chassis mostly ,springs brakes etc. But definately does not mean they are enough braking .I would get the 12" if I could ,but the 3000 to 3500 probably could be custom built as axleman suggests.It would take some looking around for the right supplier to help out. disc brakes are the drum brake solution though no doubt about it.The 12" seem to be only on the larger coaches with the heavier axles .

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The axle industry says......

10" brakes are standard on 3500# axles - certain applications possibly even up to 3900# depending on the brake.

4000# and larger axles typically run 12" brakes.

This is typically a function of spindle diameter and requirements by DOT.

A lot like shocks - Airstream does things a little different.

I do agree with Uwe that I would prefer the stopping power of the 12" brakes, well actually, I would prefer the stopping power of disc's.

Just my two cents,
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So if I were to go with discs (I'm assuming that there is a 12" rotor as well?), I'd have to get rid of the factory aluminum mags then, correct?

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