Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In
Correct. We supply the grade 8 hardware with all of our axles. Bolts, nuts, lockwashers and flat washers are all grade 8.
Clean up any rust etc, and then paint the area completely.
No template needed. Simply drill the holes, one forward of the axle tube and two rearward of the axle tube.
and back trailer axles will have the shock brackets not installed. Have them welded as you need them placed. There is a huge difference in shock bracket placement between the 2 plants as well as different models, as well as different years, therefore they must be field installed to allow the necessry clearance.
Then, the shocks can be installed later.
Also, once the brackets are in place, they can be bent outward to allow more clearance, if necessary. They can also be left in the bent position, as it will not cause any harm.
The shock brackets can be welded in place, without causing any damage to the rubber rods, or voiding the warranty.
Ask questions first, then the rest falls into place.
Assuming, usually causes the problems.
Mechanics is not difficult, but some people insist on making it that way.
We go to school to learn.
Different schools are available, regardless of the subject, even as short as one sentence, during a persons entire lifetime.
Different schools sometimes offer different methods, for different things, and they rarely include opinions.
The individual, must weigh that knowledge and make it fit to their liking, or their personal needs, or pocket books.
But as in grammer or high schools, some students get A's, and some students get F's, or the many grades in between.
Owning an Airstream, and being a DIY owner, keeps the brain on track, as there is usually always something to learn.
Not being a DIY person, also has schools, where you learn to pick out the right dealer (regarding Airstream) who has the correct knowledge, a good shop staff, a decent shop and at reasonable prices. Most graduate quickly, a few fail the course.
Some people replace tools, because they wore them out.
A few replace tools, because they broke them, usually through misuse.
And when you get older, like a senior, you buy some tools, because you either lost them, or you don't remember where you left the darn things.
And so it is.
Do you have any pictures of the process. for example, a 64 GT with an old axle, removal of the axle, the old shock bracket vs. the new one, and then close-up pics of where the hole should be drilled, etc....
Anyone who does, please help me. I will be ordering the axle from Inland RV and want to visualize what I am doing, Andrew