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Old 12-05-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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Replacing SS Axles. Have a favorite SoCal axle shop?

For a number of factors, it's time to replace the original leaf spring Hadco axles on our 1968 28' Silver Streak Rocket. We won't be doing a torsion axle conversion, but we will be replacing the 2.5" drop axles with a straight axles for a little extra clearance. The axles measured 78" hub face to hub face, 59 3/8" spring center to spring center.

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The trailer's gross weight is 8,000 lbs, which means I can't just throw on a pair of cheaper 3,500 lbs Dexter axles without compromising that. 4,000 and 4,400 lbs axles used to be offered through Al-Ko, but even before the take over, I couldn't find those online. So I may be stuck using a couple of pricier 5,000 lbs axles.

I'm in San Diego and the trailer is in San Luis Obispo county, so I'm going to try to find a shop nearby one of those locations who can build us some loaded axles that will fit. I plan to install them myself with new hardware and cleaned up leafs. Please chime in if you have some experience as it's all new to me.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:20 PM   #2
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I would add shocks.

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Old 12-06-2015, 01:58 PM   #3
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Since you are using spring axles, it is not the rating of the axles which affects ride quality but the rating of the springs. Four springs for 8,000 lbs means 2,000 lbs per spring. You might consider 2,250 or 2,500 lb springs for 9,000 to 10,000 capacity.

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Old 12-08-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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New leaf packs would give you some added ground clearance for those 47 year old springs. How high do you want to take it?

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Several members of the San Diego Airstream Unit of the WBCCI use local to the san diego area. comes directly to you.

I know a friend who had their axle replaced by them and they did a GREAT job!

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