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Old 11-23-2007, 02:34 PM   #1
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Dexter Axles here with pics!!

Thanks to PizzaChop I have my new Dexters with oem shock brackets!!! These things are stout as ****. Specs are #11 with 12" electric brakes, 3500lbs, 22.5 down angle (required for oem shock bracket), even came with ALL NEW hardware! Thanks again for all the help. Now next weekend is the install...













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Old 11-23-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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They look great. Now the fun begins. Keep us posted as you install them.
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:55 PM   #3
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I'll take some pics on the install.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:07 PM   #4
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... These things are stout as ****. ... even came with ALL NEW hardware! ...
'69 Airstream? You already know you'll be drilling new holes in the mounting plates to get ANY new axle to fit.

Your profile does not list your age. I was 44 when I drilled holes for my new axles. Even with sharp drills & Milwaukee drill motors, the elation of admiring the new axles strapped together in the truck bed dimmed SIGNIFICANTLY with each of the eight, new mounting holes drilled to accommodate the investment.

I'd do it again, but drilling big holes in plate steel by hand was one of the least fun things I've done for my Overlander.

Congratulations on your new axles though. Since Ron helped you, I know you will be happy with the outcome.

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Old 11-23-2007, 03:20 PM   #5
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It is actually a 70. All I should have to do is elongate 4 of the mounting holes and cut about 1/8th" of the "cut-out". I'm 36 and have a 36v Dewalt and cordless sawsall so shouldn't be that bad (I HOPE!). I checked Ron's pics of his and mine look exactly the same but the shock brackets will not have to be welded. We will see, I have new shocks also to go on there.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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... All I should have to do is elongate ... I'm 36 and have a 36v Dewalt and cordless ...
Sounds like you've got it covered. How many battery packs are on standby?

Seriously, remember that nothing's ever easy. If Dexter did not include big washers to [literally] cover the wallered-out area, you might think about acquiring some.

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p.s. I could have sworn your profile indicated '69 when I posted. Did you update it? I just turned 46 and would hate to think I'm already losing it.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:43 PM   #7
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p.s. I could have sworn your profile indicated '69 when I posted. Did you update it? I just turned 46 and would hate to think I'm already losing it.

I did just updated it. Your not losing it! I'll check on the "Wallered Waser"!!!! This will be the first time I've really tested this drill. I have 2 batts but they hyped it up to do "anything" and a price tag to prove it... I hope it is a easy install. Ron helped me A LOT with his already done and pics.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:56 PM   #8
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A high-quality old-fashioned plug-in drill can outperform almost any battery drill, particularly when drilling big holes in thick steel. I use a 25+ year-old Makita and it has drilled a LOT of thick steel. Cutting fluid (usually sold for cutting threads) can help the job. Don't forget your safety goggles!
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A high-quality old-fashioned plug-in drill can outperform almost any battery drill, particularly when drilling big holes in thick steel. I use a 25+ year-old Makita and it has drilled a LOT of thick steel. Cutting fluid (usually sold for cutting threads) can help the job. Don't forget your safety goggles!
I agree. When I need to do some serious drilling, I plug in the good old Milwaukee and get er done.

Safety glasses are a must, you can't find new eyes on E-Bay.
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I agree. When I need to do some serious drilling, I plug in the good old Milwaukee and get er done.

Safety glasses are a must, you can't find new eyes on E-Bay.
Yea, Yea, BUT I have to try out my new drill and see how she does on a steel plate!

I have already had to go to the ER for a piece of steel in my eyeball. I had to wear a patch for a couple of days and have it "drilled" out (rusted very fast). I looked like a pirate. I'm SOOOO much more carefull now with my eyes... The saftey glasses are a MUST!!!!!!!!!!
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Before U drill.Go to the hardware and buy name brand drills. Dont try this with cheap Chinese drills. Hanson is a good name. Get several U will need em and by all means saftey Glasses with the side shutters. U cant be to carefull wif your eyes ya know HAVE FUN
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:47 PM   #13
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Before U drill.Go to the hardware and buy name brand drills. Dont try this with cheap Chinese drills. Hanson is a good name. Get several U will need em and by all means saftey Glasses with the side shutters. U cant be to carefull wif your eyes ya know HAVE FUN
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Do you really think this 37 yo steel is THAT tough? If it is I'll be impressed!!
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Do you really think this 37 yo steel is THAT tough? ...
No, but you've got to lay on your back to drill it. Drilling ANYTHING with your arms raised gets real tiring, real quick.

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No, but you've got to lay on your back to drill it. Drilling ANYTHING with your arms raised gets real tiring, real quick.

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Why can't I drill it from the wheel well???? After the tires are removed and the axle placed with a jack and centered and marked???? I would think that would be easier.
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They don't spin, at least not for now!!!!!!
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Why can't I drill it from the wheel well???? After the tires are removed and the axle placed with a jack and centered and marked???? I would think that would be easier.
Good point. Maybe you will be able to do that. In my situation, there appeared to be less chance of hole misalignment to drill from the inside. I didn't want to chew a bigger hole in the axle flange than I already had.

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Good point. Maybe you will be able to do that. In my situation, there appeared to be less chance of hole misalignment to drill from the inside. I didn't want to chew a bigger hole in the axle flange than I already had.

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I am hoping on just making a hole a little longer to fit the bolt. like this:

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Hi, when drilling large holes in thick metal I usually drill a pilot hole with about an 1/8" drill bit first; Makes drilling a lot easier.
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