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Old 06-28-2005, 01:36 PM   #1
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straight or dropped axle - leaf sprung type

I need to replace the axle on our 51 FC, it has a straight (not original) mobile home wheel/axle assembly. Our 53 FC with the same frame, wheel well and leaf spring geometry has a dropped axle so it appears either straight or dropped will work. Are there other reasons, besides being closer to the ground, for choosing one or the other?
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I need to replace the axle on our 51 FC, it has a straight (not original) mobile home wheel/axle assembly. Our 53 FC with the same frame, wheel well and leaf spring geometry has a dropped axle so it appears either straight or dropped will work. Are there other reasons, besides being closer to the ground, for choosing one or the other?
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Both styles of spindle will work with excellent results. The 4Ē drop spindle does exactly what you state; it lowers the height of the unit. A lot of trailer manufacturers that do car trailers, landscape trailers and the like want the additional drop for equipment loading/unloading.

I think both types of axle are reputable, it simply becomes a matter of choice, at least for most customers.

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It would also lower the center of gravity for the unit making it easier to tow and less of an obsticle for the wind. Either naturally generated or by passing truck.

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