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Old 12-01-2008, 04:53 PM   #15
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A furniture dolly will help move the axles to where you're working, cardboard helps to slide them under the trailer. Lift one end, put a bolt in. A floor jack will help lift the other end that last 1/4 inch that's stubborn. The shocks may need to go on before the axle bolts. If you have help, even easier than this.
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:21 PM   #16
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Use the furniture dollys one on each end. Use a floor jack in the middle of the axle only to raise the axle into the notch DO NOT put pressure on the axle.Tap a little with dead blow soft hammer if needed they will slid into place. Put in the 4 bolts and they are hung. The rite height can be achieved if U pull the trailer up on 2/2x6"or 8"peices of wood laid one ontop of the other like stairs, Pull up one axle at a time. Leave to TV hooked up for stability.
If U can get an extra pair of hands the process takes about 2 hrs for both axles

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Old 01-19-2009, 06:42 PM   #17
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Axle party 1/24/2009

I know everyone is getting tired of all my talk about installing these new Henschen axles and Kodiak disc brakes since I have had them in the back of my Suburban since just before Thanksgiving. Well the day is coming this weekend, 1/24/2009, let the party begin. If you are in the area and want to come by let me know.


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Old 01-23-2009, 02:43 PM   #18
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Taking off old axles today

I have started to take off the old axles and after soaking the bolts for a few days in WD-40 I was able to loosen all of the axle bolts except one with my air wrench. Also 3 of the nuts on the shocks that connect to the frame came off without a problem On shock nut does not want to budge. I don't want to force it and twist the bolt off so I am letting it soak another night. I am not concerned abiut the tough axle bolt since I can cut it off if need be. I will post progress as I go along and post picvtures when I am finished.

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:43 PM   #19
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Let us know when you get all this done. Take lots of pictures. Then if you feel sorry for some folks from OKLAHOMA, come on up here because there's another 76 Sovereign waiting. If it was Spring and I had some time off, I'd come help you so I would know just how it's done. Where is Missouri City anyway?
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:54 PM   #20
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Let us know when you get all this done. Take lots of pictures. Then if you feel sorry for some folks from OKLAHOMA, come on up here because there's another 76 Sovereign waiting. If it was Spring and I had some time off, I'd come help you so I would know just how it's done. Where is Missouri City anyway?

Missouri City, TX just SW of Houston.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:20 PM   #21
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So did you decide to get those axles on before driving up to San Antonio for the Texas Vintage Rally? Looking forward to meeting you and Pat there.
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:53 AM   #22
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"So did you decide to get those axles on before driving up to San Antonio for the Texas Vintage Rally? Looking forward to meeting you and Pat there.
GStephen"

Yes, I did not intend to cut it so close. See you there.

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Old 01-24-2009, 06:56 AM   #23
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I am not a big fan of WD-40 since I started using a product named PB Blaster. It is on the shelf right next to WD-40 at Wal-Mart. It has never failed to release even bolts that appear to have rusted into a single unit with the bolt.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:10 PM   #24
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The axles or on

We started removing the axles this morning about 8:30 am and had the new ones bolted on within 2 hours. Once the couple of tough bolts gave way the old axles came right off. The rest of the day was spend working on the Kodiak disc bakes and bake line. Tomorrow will finish wiring the actuator, filling with brake fluid and bleeding the brakes.

I have taken pictures and will arrange them in a day or so. Bottom line the old axles torsion arms were completely frozen in a level position, no angle at all. All were the same. Its amazing to to see the difference with the new axles.

I should have done this when I first got this trailer in 2000. I guess I was in denial.

More to follow later.

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Old 01-27-2009, 04:34 PM   #25
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Smile Axles and Disc Brakes with pictures

The axle and disc bake job is complete on my 1976 31' Sovereign. The entire process from removing the old axles to the first test drive took 3 days. Removing the old axles and installing the new ones only took about 3 hours. Had a couple of bolts that were really hard to remove but they finally broke free. The main tools needed that I had to gather up ahead of time are a couple of bottle jacks, a floor jack, jack stands, air wrench/compressor, furniture dollies (rented from U-haul), assorted box end wrenches/sockets and a 1/2" 18' socket breaker bar came in handy on those tough bolts. If anyone within driving distance to the Houston area is planning an axle replacement don't go out and buy this things, you can borrow them from me. Just come pick them up and bring them back.

The new Henschen axles fit right in the same spot that the old ones came out of and bolted right in. It does not get any easier than this. Once the bolts are out the old axles are lowered with the floor jack. The new ones are lifted in place with the floor jack as well. Put in the new bolts and you are done. The old axles were shot. The torsion arm was frozen in the level position on both axles. No drop at all when I jacked up the trailer and in this condition you can see how rough the ride was. In the end, the height of my trailer increased almost 3" with the new axles.

The time consuming part was installing the disc brakes, running the brake lines, installing and wiring the actuator. Once all of that was done the final steps were to bleed the brakes and reinstall the wheels, plus install the new P-3 brake controller.

No real problems in the entire process with 2 helpers . The main concern was wiring the actuator back through the connection box at the inside of the trailer. This looked like a birds nest with many different colored wires. Plus working with 3 sets of wiring colors and standards you have to make sure the right wire is connected to the right point. The instructions from Actibrake references their 5 wires connecting to color coded wires in the current universal 7 way connector standard. But the standard was different back in 1976 so the position of the wires, purpose and color was different. Since you can't go by colors you need to trace the actual wire to the right source. I am glad I have the 1976 service manual that had good illustrations on the connections. In the end the right connections were made and the actuator powered on when the break away pin was pulled. After installing the P-3 controller it also checked out as well

The 1st test drive was great. I adjusted the new P-3 brake controller at and empty parking lot down the street from me based on the instructions that came with the unit. Everything checked out so I took off over some city streets and high ways with various road conditions and stops and turns. The first thing I noticed was the braking with the disc brakes. Unbelievable response, smooth as silk. The ride was also very noticeably better. No hard bouncing up and down from riding on the old locked axles. I left a plastic box sitting on the kitchen counter and it was still there after the drive. I am very pleased with the Henschen axles and Kodiak disc brakes. Thanks everyone for your responses and help during the project. Also for thanks to Andy and Greg at Inland RV for helping with my order and answering all of my questions. Great service.

Rather than post individual pictures I have attached a pdf file with install pictures. I can post any individual pictures if needed.

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #26
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Thanks so much for sharing and the pics!

Many times people will start a thread and we never get to see or read about the end result. In this case looks like you have a winner!

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Old 01-28-2009, 09:13 AM   #27
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Awesome job! Love the PDF pictures..We will be doing this at some point and were very interested in the process. The new axles and disc breaks look awesome and she sits real pretty.

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Love those wheels! Did you go with the 35 degree down option?
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