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Old 05-27-2015, 09:20 AM   #43
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When I upgraded my running gear last July at JC, I had new 4,500-lb axles with Ner-r-lube hubs, 16" Sendel wheels, Michelin LTX225/75R16(E) tires & Centra-Matics installed. Since then I've put on about 15,000 miles. The only comment I have is that it took about 500 miles (first 25 and then every 100 miles after that) to completely torque the lug nuts. No issues at all.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:21 AM   #44
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I would avoid purchasing any axle so flimsily made that it can't accommodate Centramatics.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:44 PM   #45
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Centramatic 300-356 all A plates for 16" rims or 200-221 Special for 15 rims (both sizes are $199.00)

I have Centramatics installed on both the trailer (300-356 all A plates on the 16" SenDel wheels)
When I ordered my set, I ordered the 300-356. I was not aware of the A Plates only suggestion. The B plates have a slight center rise, for additional clearance as needed, per the instructions. Not needed- the plate worked facing in or out. It is about 1/16". Is this going to cause a problem I have not anticipated?
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:45 PM   #46
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Thank God for the internet so we can have discussions like these and opinions can fly around from every direction.

Hopefully a definitive and concrete (expert) opinion will come of this discussion/exploration!
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:09 PM   #47
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Thank God for the internet so we can have discussions like these and opinions can fly around from every direction.

Hopefully a definitive and concrete (expert) opinion will come of this discussion/exploration!
Probably not....you have inordinately high expectations.....
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:49 PM   #48
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SAE is often cited as a source of expertise. But depending on the issue (WD formula, for example) they can be shown to be wrong. Same thing on this issue: there is no guarantee with or without CM balancers that the axle will avoid problems.

Towing at 72-mph would be another instance of what constitutes best practice. Braking and handling become a problem before this speed, but it hardly keeps some from using that travel speed.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #49
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Thank God for the internet so we can have discussions like these and opinions can fly around from every direction.



Hopefully a definitive and concrete (expert) opinion will come of this discussion/exploration!

Disclaimer - I'm not an expert...

But the Dexter folks aren't hedging their bets here. They do not recommend them in their Nev-r lube axles. To some, their view counts as expert opinion, to others, it's legalese.

Folks make their decisions as they see fit.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:25 PM   #50
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:38 PM   #51
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Definition: Expert; 'Ex' is a 'has-been', 'spert' is a 'drip under pressure'

Does that mean "formerly a drip under pressure" 😜

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Old 05-28-2015, 12:22 AM   #52
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Hi, Professional and expert used to mean that they knew all about certain items; Now it just means that they get paid for doing what they do.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:35 AM   #53
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Yep... there are a lot of divergent views expressed on internet forums... and here, just as much.

All one can do is consider a wide variety of viewpoints, consider the sources, and then make up their own mind based on how those other viewpoints interact with their own experience, knowledge, and sensibilities. I almost never trust in what ANY one individual might advise. With overwhelming consensus on a matter, I may be more trusting. Following your "gut" is often is the best choice in many situations. In my life, I've learned that, usually, the gut "just knows." ;-)
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I recently decided to give the centramatics a go. Got a set and put them on last month. The jury's still out on their benefits. I've only had 2 short trips with them and still find a a few drawers open and stuff shifted. I'm not sure what I expected and there are just so many variables to consider. I run my michelin LT's at 80 psi. I just might consider reducing the pressure 5 psi when we go out again. Between a combination of rough roads and non-interstate driving it's difficult to compare but I'm still optimistic and feel confident that they are a plus. Before purchase I called to confirm the application for the ones I selected and found that I had chosen incorrectly. That may explain why the one user above found the mounting to be clumsy and needed to hammer them on. The sales rep I spoke with called centramatic for me and corrected my selection and all fit nicely.

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Old 07-01-2015, 08:17 AM   #55
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Hello all......I'm a new owner of a 2015 FC 25 fb. Purchased a TPMS from Hawkshead that required metal valve stems. Had the wheels re-balanced after installing the new stems. The stick-on lead balancing weights fell off the wheels before I even hit the road!! Probably not thoroughly cleaned before they were applied but this got me to worrying and convinced me that CM's are a MUST....
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