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Old 01-26-2021, 08:28 AM   #1
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Separate drum brakes from axle

Hello there,
I got an Airstream overlander 1972 located in Sweden. Im doing a total renovation from scratch.
To change it to swedish standard with papers and all i need to do some changes of the axles.
My question is:

Can i separate the drum with bumpers from the actual axle?

I would like to keep the axle wich is solid steel but change the drums and wheelhubs to swedish ones.
Anyone done this before?

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Old 01-26-2021, 08:55 AM   #2
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You can separate the brake drums from the axle.

However, the axle spindle and brake mounting flange will still be american, so getting brake drum assembly, which mounts to the flange, and bearings and seals which fit both the old spindle and and new EU hub might require a bit of searching.

Additionally, if the axle on the '72 Overlander are the original Henschen axles the rubber rods will be worn out and need replacement.
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Old 01-26-2021, 04:32 PM   #3
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Technically not a solid axle. As the axle ends with the spindles move (up and down) independently. The springs (or rubber rods) are inside the square axle tube.

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Old 01-26-2021, 04:51 PM   #4
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Your best bet might be AL-KO "Drehstab" axles such are used in Germany and, I believe, elsewhere in Europe. The construction and function are similar to Dexter and the old Henschen axles.

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