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Old 01-21-2015, 08:53 AM   #15
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Based on my conversations with vintage Airstream people I have concluded that axles should be replaced every twenty years or so unless there is an obvious failure which would necessitate an earlier replacement. There will of course be one or two owners out there who swear that their axles date back to the Civil War and work just fine.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:15 AM   #16
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I took a look at the dexter torflex axle page and they recommended changing if:
When jacking the axle, if it the wheel DOES NOT drop 3 inches, the elastomer is weak and the axle should be changed.
Learned something new today.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:41 PM   #17
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Very useful non-destructive way to verify condition. Thanks!


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What do you do with the old axles and shocks?
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:28 AM   #19
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What do you do with the old axles and shocks?
Take them to a scrap metal recycler. They are worth $0.075/lb.
You can also sell them on CL to someone that is looking for axles for his shop built utility trailer or BBQ.
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Thanks for the inspiration! Glenritas,I feel that I can confidentially replace my axles myself now that I have seen all your photos and descriptions.

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I have another original unsupported un-scientific completely questionable observation.
I was looking at the photograph on the cover of my owners manual, and the ride height on my rig is the same as the picture. I have not checked the date codes on my axle, but I doubt they have been changed out.
I guess the acid test will be when I unload the axle and see if it drops at least 3 inches as specified by Dexter.
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Silly Question... does the belly pan need to be dropped for an axle replacement or does it vary by the model year?
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:48 PM   #23
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Silly Question... does the belly pan need to be dropped for an axle replacement or does it vary by the model year?
My 78 can be changed out without belly pan removal. Not a silly question at all.

I checked my axle drop this morning and at 30F w/overnight temps in the 20s they relaxed 2 inches.

I don't know if temperature affects the elasticity, I will recheck when the temps are a bit closer to 70F and see if there is any improvement.

Just a thought.....what about air shocks/air bags in place of the oil shocks? Primary load on the elastomer, load assist with low pressure air via bag or cylinder. I could see a benefit for a properly loaded out AS, never to exceed GVWR, heading into the rough stuff.
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