Originally Posted by garthbf
I have a 75 31 LY and it has about 5 degree up angle. I need new axles also.
The question is should I go with the stock 3200# and 22.5 or 3500# and or higher down angle?
I called two different dexter distributors here in the Seatle area and there prices are different. cheapest is $430 per axle, regular bearing and complete with brakes. They both confirmed that what they need is the serial number from the existing axles. The #10 series has 10 inch brakes. maybe the a/s replacement axles not based on their standard specs and have 12 inch brakes? Also they have lug studs in the hubs not bolts like I have now and I don't thing I can use my existing aluminum rims as the studs might not be long enough. also I have to use tubes in the rims now because of the age and style.
I think that I am going to do this job myself...
You will need a downrated #11 axle, if you go with Dexter. You will also need to order reverse sidemount brackets, and establish whether your axle have a high profile or low profile mount. Critical measurements are inside mounting bracket, and hub face. Make sure the axle gets "camber". ( the slight bend in the middle)
Armed with those dimensions, you can order a set of axles that should fit pretty close to perfect. You will have to drill 8 new holes for the axle mounting bolts, though.
Dexter can downrate the suspension in an otherwise too heavy axle so that you get the correct size axle tube and the 12x2/6bolt wheel pattern brake drum size. The studs are fine with your alloy wheels, you will have to buy alloy wheel lug nuts.
If you want a set of axles that bolts right in, then go with the Henschen axles. You will gain installation advantages for $$$, but not quality. Both Henschen and Dexter make a very fine product, in my experience. I have bought and installed both.