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Old 11-08-2013, 06:02 AM   #15
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Very interesting thread.
I have noticed the typical Dexter drum will quickly and consistently rotate to the heavy spot down condition. I have asked Dexter about balancing drums and they don't seem to think the drums are any big deal.
I don't agree, but I don't see much chance they will change their policy

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Old 11-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #16

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Very good info here.
Kind'a glad I've kept my USA OEM Alcoa's. No problems with lug seats, cracking or corrosion. TGFSF.

Realized quite quickly when first getting the Classic that something had to be done about balancing the running gear.
Took the wheels/tires to work to road force and still had a vibration at cruising speed. Short ride in the AS was very enlightening.
Researched the Centramatic's and installed them second Season.
They have worked flawlessly since installation.

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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When I worked for a domestic auto manufacturer the quality difference between that manufacturers stock wheels and an aftermarket was extremely noticable. That was in the '80s. I would assume quality standards would have improved for every manufacturer whether aftermarket or not. And yet this thread seems to point out that at least one aftermarket wheel manufacturer may have some quailty issues.

In the world of aftermarket, typically looks and price usually get a front seat to function. This thread is a very good document to checking the function of something we see every day. Non-standard wheels on all kinds of vehicles. Thanks Bruce!

When making a switch in any running gear piece make sure it is up for doing the job. Most of the running gear pieces AS uses they do not produce rather they contract out for these assemblies. So quality at the point of manufacturing isn't in their direct control. As it is posted in this thread (and else where) drums are an item that may need to be addresessed on amy one's trailer as it seems there is no tolerance for balance on that item. (It isn't so critical on discs) If the drum is or isn't balanced it is a hit or miss thing because they are not balanced at manufacturing.

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Old 11-08-2013, 11:15 AM   #18
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Thanks for info, makes sense can't balance a moving target. Steel lug inserts, my truck doesn't have that AFAIK. Direct contact with the wheel supplier safety something, very good sign.



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