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Old 06-24-2009, 04:35 AM   #1
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Flexride Axles?

Hello all. I am in the process of looking for new axles for my 1971 31' Sovereign to get next spring near the end of the restore. I spoke with Andy last night and his whole axles package runs $750 complete, per axle.

Just to be fair though I researched some other torsion axles MFGs. Then I searched the forum here and didn't find a single mention of some of the MFGs.

For example, a 3500# complete 12" elect brake axle from Flexride is $386 per if you buy 2, this is almost half of the Dura-Torques. The only issue that I see with the Flexrides is that their default design bolts to the outside of the frame and I need it to bolt to the inside, I have not called Flexride to see if this is workable, but I am sure it is.

Just wondering if anyone has ever looked at or used other axles. I saw the thread on Dexter and the reasons not to use them. Though I found 3 or 4 other torsion axle brands out there as well.

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Old 06-24-2009, 05:04 AM   #2
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hello Rich,

I am also looking at axles. Haven't decided yet, but I agree that $1500 like a lot of money. Let us know what you decide to do...

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Old 06-24-2009, 07:35 AM   #3
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Just to be fair though I researched some other torsion axles MFGs. Then I searched the forum here and didn't find a single mention of some of the MFGs...For example, a 3500# complete 12" elect brake axle from Flexride is $386 per if you buy 2...Just wondering if anyone has ever looked at or used other axles.
Rich -

Do a search on "Flexiride".

I did a comparison on them in this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f219...ign-14737.html

Post #49

In short, Flexiride could not supply a sufficiently "soft" rated axle with a "heavy duty" bearing and brake assembly.

In addition, their "split axle" mounting MAY have overtaxed the frame rails of an Airstream. After discovering I could not get comparable rated brakes and bearings from them I did not pursue the mounting problems.

I DID, however, really like their spline and groove adjustable starting angle assembly. The engineer I was conversing with (in New Jersey, IIRC) agreed that ALL rubber torsion axles have a finite life...all rubber will take a "set" sooner or later - sooner if not STORED in a relaxed state.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:36 AM   #4
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Yeah, I spoke with them and encountered the same issues, they also could not provide 12" brakes. Think I am going with the Dexters. If anyone has done them on the '71 Sovereign or equivalent I would appreciate any detailed specs and info on how to get them ordered, via PM or e-mail is fine.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:10 AM   #5
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Have never heard of Flexride, but a lot of people use Dexters. There has been a plethora of information posted on comparing Dexters to the OEM Henshens
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:53 AM   #6
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Dexter will, if asked, weld on the shock mounts for you, so you can keep the factory shock set-up. My 2 3,000#, 10" brake EZ-lube axles were about $820, complete and shipped. Figure about a day to get them installed.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:56 AM   #7
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Well good luck with the Dexters. I hope they get the measurments correct. They, I heard are not to accurate. I dont know what kind of guarantee they have if they miss the mark.
Sometimes ya just have to bite the bullet. We did and I agree that $1500 is too much money. But my new Henshens fit like a glove. No problems installing them.I had it done in 3 hrs.
But I wanted OEM and thats what I got.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18 AM   #8
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My Dexters fit perfectly. Just get your measurements accurate and that's how they'll get built.
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Just wondering if anyone has ever looked at or used other axles. I saw the thread on Dexter and the reasons not to use them.
We could post about Ivory Snow and somebody would always take the opportunity to lift their leg on it. Dexters can work as later posters in this thread are suggesting. There was even a period starting about 4 years ago when Jackson Center was installing Dexters for about half a year. I know -- that's what is on my Safari. There's something at the edge of my mind that Dexters are installed on any unit spec'd for Canada.
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My Safari was built in April 2007 and is equipped with Dexter axles. So far no problems.
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My Dexters fit perfectly. Just get your measurements accurate and that's how they'll get built.
Ditto's to this statement - My Dexters work fine - the key is the measurements.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:18 AM   #12
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I spoke with Dexter engineering and he even mentioned they were now supplying the new Airstream axles. I got the spec sheet, just need to verify all the measurements on my trailer and go to the local distributor to get a quote and get them ordered.
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During our visit to Jackson Center last June, the first thing I noticed on the front desk was a cutaway "demo" of a dexter axle showing how they work...This was an advertising piece and so I inquired...Every Airstream being produced that day had Dexter axles.
My 1970 sovereign has Dexters...with 10 inch brakes...and a 45 degree start angle...These bearings and brakes are rated at 5400 lbs each and allow far more room for air circulation around the brakes and tire rim than the 12" brakes. There is far less heat transfer to the tire with the added clearance ( so says a TRW chassis engineer that helped me install them) My dexter dealer sent one of my old axles back to the factory for $50 and so no one measured anything on my end..The new ones both slipped right in.....To stir the puddin' even more I might add I did not install shock absorbers, and have put on 12,000 trouble free miles so far. At least 2 other vintage airstreams the size of mine have the exact same set up and are also very happy.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:22 AM   #14
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Isn't the starting angle rather steep at 45 degrees? Just wondering what angle they are at when you are loaded and heading down the road?
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