Axle question - is solid OK?

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Axle question - is solid OK?

Postby fornesto » Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:14 pm

I'm reusing a utility trailer setup and have a solid axle, meaning the wheels don't hang up (?) and the frame is above the hub. This will give me a higher profile trailer. I know a lot of folks use the Dura-flex rubber suspension or similar axles. What should I expect from this solid axle? Is it worth swapping out?
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Postby SteveH » Mon Dec 20, 2004 5:13 pm

Fornesto,

Please tell me you don't mean it has no suspension. :shock:
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Postby Arne » Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:08 pm

I was wondering that too.. Some cement mixers have no suspension.... that would be completely unusable on something like a tear......
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Postby steve wolverton » Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:45 pm

fornesto - I used a boat trailer and lowered it by doing a spring under. Originally the axle sat below the springs, I unbolted the axle and placed it above the springs, dropping the trailer about 2.5".

Of course, if by solid axle you mean it doesn't have springs, then either don't use it, or get some springs for it. It would beat your camper to death w/o them.

I'm actually going to remove one of the springs from the spring pack because my camper is so light.

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Postby fornesto » Tue Dec 21, 2004 12:46 pm

Yes, I've got leaf springs. It just doesn't have the fancy off-set hubs like some tears. It is a simple spring-over axle suspension. I just noticed that a lot of the manufacturers use those torsion-type axles.
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Postby Bill_Storey » Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:26 pm

I think what Fornesto means is it is a straight axle, not a drop axle.
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Postby SteveH » Tue Dec 21, 2004 2:32 pm

Fornesto,

There's nothing wrong with what you have. That's the same type of suspension the Harbor Freight trailer uses.
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Postby David Grason » Wed Dec 22, 2004 12:54 am

If would be good if you could post a picture and then we'd know for sure.
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