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Re: dexter axle

Postby alaska teardrop » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:30 am

KCStudly wrote:http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/f/Trailer_Axle_Resources/Torflex_Information.pdf pg. 3 has the #9 std at 6.5 and the short at 6.0 minimum.

    Hi, KC
    See above & this old thread for further explanation:
    The 6.2" dimension is the measurement from the outside hub face to the inside of the swing arm. The 6.5" dimension is the minimum overhang with a standard spindle. The 6.0" dimension is the minimum overhang with a smaller spindle.
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Re: dexter axle

Postby KCStudly » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:31 pm

Got it. Your sketch and first hand knowledge are infinitely valuable to people who would like to use this style axle. :thumbsup:
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Re: dexter axle

Postby Esteban » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:34 am

alaska teardrop wrote:
KCStudly wrote:http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/f/Trailer_Axle_Resources/Torflex_Information.pdf pg. 3 has the #9 std at 6.5 and the short at 6.0 minimum.

    Hi, KC
    See above & this old thread for further explanation:
    The 6.2" dimension is the measurement from the outside hub face to the inside of the swing arm. The 6.5" dimension is the minimum overhang with a standard spindle. The 6.0" dimension is the minimum overhang with a smaller spindle.
    Fred

The Dexter #9 torsion axle I bought years ago (2007) was custom made with 6" long "short" spindles, brake hubs for electric brakes, and electric brakes. I also bought the optional mounting bracket.
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Re: dexter axle

Postby Gunguy05 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:45 am

After much ado...I tend to over research things a bit, axle has been ordered and should be here by the 7th of April..

Thanks for all the input, drawings, and help...couldn't have done it without you!

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Re: dexter axle

Postby alaska teardrop » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:17 am

Dexter now offers replacement spindles on Torflex axles:
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Re: dexter axle

Postby Esteban » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:06 pm

alaska teardrop wrote:Dexter now offers replacement spindles on Torflex axles:


I like that. It looks like it will make (later) adding electric brakes easier for new Dexter torflex axles with removable spindles, too, if all the new removable spindles come with a brake flange as shown in the video. Wonder if they have different length removable spindles?

Edit: I cannot find replacement spindles when I searched for them on Dexter's web site. I even used "spindle" in the parts search box with no results. Frustrating. :thinking: :NC

2nd edit: I called Dexter. I was told the change is so new that they do not offer replacement spindles on their web site. A new web site is in the works and the removable spindles in their parts department may be made available then. The replaceable spindles will not fit older axles with welded on spindles. They will only fit new axles
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Re: dexter axle

Postby CanuckShooter » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:40 am

Esteban wrote:Do you (ever) want electric brakes?

When you order a new axle you (may) have three choices:
An axle with no brakes.
An axle with optional brake flanges installed, so brakes can easily be added in the future.
An axle with factory installed brakes on the new axle.

If you choose to defer the expense to add electric brakes when you buy a new Dexter #9 Torflex axle or an Axis 500-2200 lb. torsion axle that you order with an optional brake flanges installed it will cost nearly $250.00 (Sept.2013 prices) to buy the parts later that are needed to add brakes. The cost would be similar for a Flexiride axle with brake flanges. Prices for the estimate are from etrailer.com etrailer.com.

1. 2 brake hubs Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly for Electric Brakes - 2,000-lb Axles - 5 on 4-1/2 - E-Z Lube
2. 1 RH brake 7" Electric Brake Assembly for 2K Axles - RH
3. 1 LH brake 7" Electric Brake Assembly for 2K Axles - LH
4. 8 nuts Nut for Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies
5. 8 lock washers Lockwasher for Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies
6. 8 brake mounting bolts Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies
7. grease?
It totals $248.52 in September, 2013.

The parts and cost to add brakes to a 3.5K axle would be different:
Qty Product Total
2 84546UC3-EZ - Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly - 3,500-lb Axles - 5 on 4-1/2 - E-Z Lube $101.90
1 23-27 - 10" Electric Brake Assembly - Right Hand $35.95
1 23-26 - 10" Electric Brake Assembly - Left Hand $35.95
8 6-17 - Nut for Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies $2.00
8 5-8 - Lockwasher for Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies $1.20
8 7-75 - Brake Mounting Bolt for 7" and 10" Brake Assemblies $5.52
Total: $182.5


I called a local supplier about a torflex today....he quoted me slightly over $1000 C for a #3500 with brakes , I like your prices better
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Re: Dexter Axle

Postby Esteban » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:37 am

My original post was done years ago. It seems that Dexter torsion axles prices have skyrocketed in the meantime.

I see you're in BC, Canada. You might consider contacting Timbren (a Canadian company) about their Axle-Less trailer suspensions: http://timbren.com/axle-less/

Click this link to see a VERY HELPFUL VIDEO from etrailer.com about installing Timbren axle-less axles on trailers: https://www.etrailer.com/tv-review-timb ... 00s05.aspx




Flexiride torsion axles from Southwest Wheel southwestwheel.com/p-2311-2000-lb-flexiride-torsion-axle.aspx are a good, often more affordable, alternative to Dexter torsion axles. They come with a brake flange. Southwest Wheel sells brake parts too. Or they may custom build a flexiride axle with electric brakes already installed for you, or other buyers.

There may be Canadian flexiride axle suppliers that would be more affordable and/or easier for you to work with.

Flexiride axle information: http://www.theuniversalgroup.com/flexiride/ They license and supply parts to a sizeable number of manufacturers of Flexiride axles in the USA and Canada.

Kind of off topic. Old college friends of mine live in Lund and Powell River, BC. I'd really enjoy visiting them again in the future, on a trip with my teardrop trailer.
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Re: Dexter Axle

Postby CanuckShooter » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:53 am

Esteban wrote:My original post was done years ago. It seems that Dexter torsion axles prices have skyrocketed in the meantime.

I see you're in BC, Canada. You might consider contacting Timbren (a Canadian company) about their Axle-Less trailer suspensions: http://timbren.com/axle-less/

Click this link to see a VERY HELPFUL VIDEO from etrailer.com about installing Timbren axle-less axles on trailers: https://www.etrailer.com/tv-review-timb ... 00s05.aspx




Flexiride torsion axles from Southwest Wheel southwestwheel.com/p-2311-2000-lb-flexiride-torsion-axle.aspx are a good, often more affordable, alternative to Dexter torsion axles. They come with a brake flange. Southwest Wheel sells brake parts too. Or they may custom build a flexiride axle with electric brakes already installed for you, or other buyers.

There may be Canadian flexiride axle suppliers that would be more affordable and/or easier for you to work with.

Flexiride axle information: http://www.theuniversalgroup.com/flexiride/ They license and supply parts to a sizeable number of manufacturers of Flexiride axles in the USA and Canada.

Kind of off topic. Old college friends of mine live in Lund and Powell River, BC. I'd really enjoy visiting them again in the future, on a trip with my teardrop trailer.


Thanks for the information...now I have something else to consider. :-)
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