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Old 04-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Tire Wear/Alignment

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Have noticed inside rear axle tire wear to the point there is a noticeable diff. between front and rear. I talked to a local shop today and they said they could check the alignment.

Having read a ton of info on this forum it appears there is no real adjustment on the dexter axles other than bendining the axle tube. Just viewing the axle from the rear it definatly looks like the camber is off.

Weighed the trailer and have roughly 1000# left so not over weight...but i dont know what the previous owner did. Looking at the upcoming season I wanted to make sure eveyone is safe and there is no issues.

Any one have their Dexter axles aligned? Is it possilbe?
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:14 PM   #3
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It is possible to align the axles. I worked in a small shop that did trailer alignments. In your case I could see putting the bottle type jack on the vey bottom and pumping until it bent your axle the other way. The way we would do it is the jack would hang from chains and could be swung around for which ever way the axle needed to be bent. It was a set made specially for trailer axle alignment.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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Make sure the axle is mounted properly, the bow should be up yours looks down although its hard to tell just by this picture.
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Make sure the axle is mounted properly, the bow should be up yours looks down although its hard to tell just by this picture.
Bow is down.
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Bow is down.
If it doesn't have springs, I don't think it's mounted wrong and you may be able to have a shop bend it up. Are both tires on that axle wearing funny?
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If it doesn't have springs, I don't think it's mounted wrong and you may be able to have a shop bend it up. Are both tires on that axle wearing funny?
It has leaf springs...both tires are wearing on inside edge. Same axle.
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It has leaf springs...both tires are wearing on inside edge. Same axle.
Prime candidate for the shop, they can bend it!
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Sure looks like excess neg camber, I'd be asking Dexter and a alignment shop for advice. Also ask what could have caused it.
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Talked more with the truck shop..something they see often. In my case, don't know what the previous owner did but often If the TV is a jacked up truck the trailer is not level it can put more load on the rear.. Also overloading the entire thing can be an issue but typically both axles bend negative. They can also be installed upside down at the factory. Also said the frame fabricators pile frames on top of each other and the one carrying the load sometimes is the one that goes under our units. Scary!
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