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Old 09-29-2016, 12:07 PM   #21
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Looks like the wheel is mounted backwards also.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:48 PM   #22
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If you haven't figured it out yet..... I think this place can help you. I am sure there are others. Naturally it had to be a torsion axle.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:49 PM   #23
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From a safety aspect, that spindle is fine to get you home. You might need to file a few rough spots down, but if you can slide your new bearing over the spindle smoothly then it's good.

The seal area, again, you might need to file rough areas down, then use an Emory cloth to polish it smooth.

Depending on how smooth you can get it, you may can save it. When you get home, inspect it and see if the seal held up. If so, I'd run with it.

As for the hub, if it's not too damaged and the races drive in tight then it might be okay, but the hub assembly is often reasonably priced. Might be best and easiest to replace it.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:23 PM   #24
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My plan right now is to put new bearings from locally in the orginial hub if it will hold the races... Then I am hoping to limp about 40 miles to my company's shop. I am a manager for a landscape contractor so we have a full shop with a metal fabrication shop that rents some space from us in a next door building. Our mechanic says its borderline from the pictures but most likely no good but he says he needs to put his hands on the spindle to really be able to tell.

I have also contacted AL-KO about getting a replacement axle. They want $480 for a bare axle (900+ for an outfitted axle which seems little ridiculous to me). Also I am looking at $150 in freight costs. I am waiting to hear back from the metal shop next door to see if the owner feels comfortable cutting off and re-welding a new spindle on the axle for me. A local trailer place recommended I do this due to no local distributors of my AL-KO axle. Also it would take about 3-4 weeks for AL-KO to build and ship me the new axle. How do y'all feel about a professional metal worker welding a new spindle on an axle?
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:29 PM   #25
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O yea... Also I plan on once the spindle is fixed... Replacing the brakes assemble and hub completely just to be on the safe side. I am nervous about the brakes as they got very hot like everything else and are showing some slight damage. Also plan just going ahead and replacing just the bearings in all 3 other wheels. May be little overkill but I will feel better about it and it will already be in our company mechanics hands to do the other work. I am praying the metal shop can do the spindle work if I need it done as I can order a brand new EZ-Lube spindle for $40 from eTrailer. That is A LOT better than $630.00 + Tax for a new axle just for a bare axle.
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:02 PM   #26
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From a safety aspect, that spindle is fine to get you home. You might need to file a few rough spots down, but if you can slide your new bearing over the spindle smoothly then it's good.

The seal area, again, you might need to file rough areas down, then use an Emory cloth to polish it smooth.

Depending on how smooth you can get it, you may can save it. When you get home, inspect it and see if the seal held up. If so, I'd run with it.

As for the hub, if it's not too damaged and the races drive in tight then it might be okay, but the hub assembly is often reasonably priced. Might be best and easiest to replace it.
X2 - I would try to save that one as well. The hub was very inexpensive as were the brake assemblies.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:40 PM   #27
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What the OP is calling "Tension Axles" are "Torsion Axles" ,Welding new Spindle onto a "Rubber Torsion Axle" Is NOT going to Happen! The Entire Z Spindle assembly is Pressed into the axle tube along with the RUBBER bump pieces! Youroo!!
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What the OP is calling "Tension Axles" are "Torsion Axles" ,Welding new Spindle onto a "Rubber Torsion Axle" Is NOT going to Happen! The Entire Z Spindle assembly is Pressed into the axle tube along with the RUBBER bump pieces! Youroo!!
I thought the rubber was in the axle tube... I was told by a Dexter dealer since we do not have AL-OK dealer in Virginia that it would have to be special ordered and I was probably better off ordering direct from AL-OK. He also suggested I just cut off the spindle and have a new one welded on and from my understanding he was the "technical" guy at the dealer. I wasn't talking about the whole arm I originally looked for but do not think you can buy it.. So.... Is he incorrect? Will just cutting off the spindle and welding a new replacement on destroy the axle? The current spindle is welded to the arm.(Excuse me if arm is not right term, I hope you guys are understanding what I am trying to describe. I am a landscape designer not mechanic.) It being currently welded from the factory and the axle dealer suggesting I fix it that way is why I am heading the direction. Being a contractor, while successful times are really hard for years... I don't want to waste time and money trying to fix my current axle if its a lost cause. I am not planning on doing the cutting and welding myself... I have a metal fab company going to do it. We do favors for each other all the time so labor is free for this idea I would be just paying for the new spindle.
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The axle parts are pressed together after the fab work is done. Can you put a new spindle on there assuming you can find the right one? Certainly. Will there is a will there is a way. You can wrap the parts to remain cool and get after it. IMO

There are videos on this out there. I also assume you know Dexter now owns Al-ko now(or that's what the Internet says). This seems to be a pretty complicated process to choose the right axle as there are many options.


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Yea getting a replacement axle seems to be very complicated due to the many opinions, sizes, and etc. Wish it was dexter then I could easily get my hands on a replacement. ALKO said it would be at least 3 weeks to get a new one because they build to order and don't carry stock. The spindle seems pretty standard to 3500lb axles and I have already found where I can order and get one next day shipped in. I'll let y'all know how it goes... it's not going well at all right now.
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