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Old 02-25-2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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Rebuilding axles???

Is it possible to re-build axels?
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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No. Many years ago there was a company that rebuilt some of them. Now they are just replaced. They do not seem real expensive for what you get.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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Yes, but the manufacturers won't do it because it's either not practical, or they don't make enough money doing it.
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Rebuilding axles???

I read that inserting the rubber rods is quite a process.

They are stretched and twisted, dipped into a pool of liquid nitrogen and inserted into the tube of the axle while frozen.

Once the tubes thaw they expand and are pretty much in there forever.

Rebuilding these things is not really a practical thing.


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Old 02-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #5
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I saw that someone or ebay is selling the rubber rods, but they never mention that replacing the rods is an impossibility for any do it yourself guy.

Yea,,,, I wanted to rebuild mine so I did some research....


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Yea I saw old videos that they have to be frozen to be installed. I'm buying a 72 Sourvign that has not been moved since 1978. I was hoping they would be ok but after reading though these forums I'm realizing they are probably trash.
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I waited and made three trips before replacing the axles on my 72 Sovereign, it was a mistake.

It caused rear sag that I had to fix when I did put new axles in.

By the time I took the axles out they were bottomed out with no spring at all.


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Old 02-26-2015, 04:53 PM   #8
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I understand the desire to rebuild the axles so that there is one less piece of junk in the scrap yard. If you are investigating rebuilding them in an effort to save money, I might warn you that you need to manage your expectations with that 40 year old trailer (that hasn't moved since '78). A LOT of stuff will have to be replaced/repaired/rebuilt, and the cost of the project will add up really quickly. Make sure you have a realistic budget in mind.

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Thanks for all the help. I have a good budget for the trailer just trying not to waste money.


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What is the tried and true way to make sure they are good/bad?


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Old 02-27-2015, 08:11 AM   #11
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Go to the InlandRV.com website and read Andy's article on the axles. It will give you specific instructions on how to evaluate your axles. You can also order from him by VIN number and get exactly what you need. Colin Hyde on the east coast can get them for you as well.


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What is the tried and true way to make sure they are good/bad?


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Simple test. Flip a coin if it lands s on heads or tails they are bad. If it lands standing on the edge their good.
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If the axles are stock, they are toast.,

If has been said that these axles have a lifespan of about twenty or twenty five years.


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You'd need an exceptionally large freezer and a rubber factory. Have a watch of this YouTube video of building a trailer 40 years ago and you see a part about how the axles are made. It's pretty cool. But most definetly not something you could do at home

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