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Old 02-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #1
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I ordered my Dexter Axles/Just wondering

I researched and saved since last year for two axels. I put a little money away ($20.00 hear and there) until I had enough. I decided to go with Dexter because of the cost and location. I read as many threads as I could on the Dexter installations from other forum members by e-mailing and posts. I am going with the #10 and I am sure all the specs are correct.

The only thing I have any concern about is the shock mount that is on the new dexter. The mount on the axel that holds the shock has a 1" difference in location from the Henshen. I have researched information on this and feel it should not be a problem. I have not heard of anybody else having a problem. I know I will have to make minor modifications to the bolt holes and channel but it should not be anything I can't handle.

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Old 02-26-2009, 08:27 PM   #2
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Axels have arrived and I am ready to install them. I will pick them up Sunday.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #3
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Smile so when do we start ????

Rain? Looks like more of a flood! Just hopefully no more hail, even though its good for my business.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:09 PM   #4
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Hey,
Nice looking axles. Mine will arrive next Thursday. If the weather is warm we'll put them on next weekend. What degree down angle did you go with?

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Old 02-27-2009, 04:15 AM   #5
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To be honest I let a person who knows these things and has done this before give me the degree angle I need. I really do not know. I just took all the other measurments and so did he.

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Old 02-27-2009, 07:03 AM   #6
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Should be 22.5 degree down angle on the axle.
Good luck with the install. I recommend a carbide tip on the end of a die grinder to round out the two holes that won't line up. After that your home free.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:23 AM   #7
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The only thing I have any concern about is the shock mount that is on the new dexter. The mount on the axel that holds the shock has a 1" difference in location from the Henshen.

If you have any important feedback for me please reply to this post.

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The shock mount position won't be a problem. Same as mine. I put my shocks on the axles before installing them.

When I drilled my new holes this is how I got the holes in the axles to line up with the new holes in the fishplate. 1. Drill the new holes in the axle flange 2. Make a paper template of the axle flange with new holes 3. Jack the new axles in position and spray some contrasting spray paint on the fishplate leaving the shadow of the axle mounting flange and holes. 4. Lower the axle and also using the paper template position the new holes. The holes all didn't perfectly line up but came purdy durn close
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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I never had to drill no new holes mine lined up prefect. Mine were made for my trailer, made off the original spec's. "GUESS U GETS WHAT YA PAY FOR" In fact mine fit a little to prefect. I had to persuade them a little to get them slid into place.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:35 AM   #9
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Depends on the year of your trailer, MikeTheFixIt. For trailers pre-'69, there is no direct replacement that you can order that will not require drilling.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:44 AM   #10
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It sounds to me like you've got some super secret top notch help pointing you in the right direction.

Consider slotting the rear hole in the axle to fit the original mounting holes in the trailer instead of modifiyng the trailer. No stooping with a drill.... it's an easy job with the axles sitting on the ground

The slot for the axle is easily enlarged with an angle grinder and jig saw to make room for the much beefer #10 Dexter.

The front hole lines up perfect.

I did a thread here somewhere of my efforts, the install is really easy.
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:03 PM   #11
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I am going to get the axel under the trailer jack it up and see what I am going to do if anything. I am just excited about getting it completed in the next couple of weekends. The trailer needs to be out on the road and I need to go camping.

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The slot for the axle is easily enlarged with an angle grinder and jig saw to make room for the much beefer #10 Dexter.
The existing axle slot on my 71 was nice and snug. I did not have to do any grinding.

What worked for me was a floor jack in the middle of the axle for the lift and one bottle jack on each side to nudge it into final position.
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I used a 5/8 blair cutter to sloth the holes on the axle mount plate with the axle in place. it only takes about 10 seconds a hole. These also work excellent for cutting large holes in thin aluminum. I have them from 1/4" to 1 1/2".

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Old 02-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #14
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Aerowood:

What did you use for power? air or electic drill? I have never used a blair cutter before but it sounds like what I am looking for.

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