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Old 03-16-2013, 11:39 PM   #41
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My Flagstaff does not have cotter pins either. What it does have is something that I had never seen and I thought I'd seen a lot and I have but nothing exactly like this. I have looked for about fifteen minutes on the net to get a name but I can't find anything. so here's what it is. There is a flat spot on the axle. The nut retainer looks like a washer with 6 tabs bent over and about 1/4" long. They fit right over the hex nut. Once you set your wheel bearing clearance you just place the retainer over the hub nut aligning one of the tabs with the flat spot on the axle and the nut won't move. My axles are Dexter so maybe their sight would have a picture. It works very well and you don't have to move the nut, which would change the bearing clearance that you just so carefully adjusted, to get the retainer to fit.
Ditto the NAPA recommendation. I've visited those stores around the country. They usually have one guy in there that really knows his stuff instead of having a bunch of young kids still wet behind the ears. If you don't know this it takes years and years to be a really good part counter person.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:59 PM   #42
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if you are really lucky, you will have an "old time" automotive speed shop not too far away. i am lucky in that regards as i have 2 within 15 minutes of my house. those guys also know their way around a cross reference book as well. some of those guys have probably forgotten more than some know. try an agriculture dealer too or farm and home, tractor supply, farm and fleet etc. they also have a trailer dept.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:09 PM   #43
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My Flagstaff does not have cotter pins either. What it does have is something that I had never seen and I thought I'd seen a lot and I have but nothing exactly like this. I have looked for about fifteen minutes on the net to get a name but I can't find anything. so here's what it is. There is a flat spot on the axle. The nut retainer looks like a washer with 6 tabs bent over and about 1/4" long. They fit right over the hex nut. Once you set your wheel bearing clearance you just place the retainer over the hub nut aligning one of the tabs with the flat spot on the axle and the nut won't move. My axles are Dexter so maybe their sight would have a picture. It works very well and you don't have to move the nut, which would change the bearing clearance that you just so carefully adjusted, to get the retainer to fit.
Ditto the NAPA recommendation. I've visited those stores around the country. They usually have one guy in there that really knows his stuff instead of having a bunch of young kids still wet behind the ears. If you don't know this it takes years and years to be a really good part counter person.
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Hi, those type of locking tab washers are quite common in aviation. I'll try to post a pic!
No joy
https://www.google.ca/search?q=locki...w=1600&bih=787
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #44
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Btw whether it does or does not have a spindle locking mechanism forest river does not make build or assemble the axles.
They buy them pre assembled most likely already on the frame and or install them.
Blame lci or dexter not forest river.


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Old 03-17-2013, 02:47 PM   #45
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From all I've heard over the last three years there are two major manufacturer's of TT axles, Lippert and Dexter. I'm sure there are others but those are probably the major contributors. Mine is a Dexter, which I like better than Lippert and I've had both. Most prefer Dexter. I really like their Tor-Flex Independent axle system. And it seems that they come standard with self-adjusting brakes. Lippert does or did not.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:55 PM   #46
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i wonder whatever happened to a good old castle nut.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:09 PM   #47
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i wonder whatever happened to a good old castle nut.
Greased mine today
Castle nut and a pin in all four.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:42 PM   #48
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Btw whether it does or does not have a spindle locking mechanism forest river does not make build or assemble the axles.
They buy them pre assembled most likely already on the frame and or install them.
Blame lci or dexter not forest river.


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True, I thought about that after yesterdays post. Forest River is Golden regarding this issue. I do love my Stealth toyhauler. Forest River is Golden with me.
My axles are marked ALKO. A german based company. German manufacturers are typically known for outstanding performance, but not reliabiliity. ie: BMW amd Mercedes.
I pulled off and packed the second wheel today, (Right rear. Yesterday was right front), and there WAS a kotter pin installed.
Of course, I am the guy who finds the only piece of cherry pie with the pit in it. And I had to pull off the only wheel without a kotter pin in a production of prolly 2 thousand axles!
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:51 PM   #49
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i bought a 2013 Solaire TT and after the first trip i decided to look at the grease in the bearings. Popped the little rubber cap off and looked inside. What i saw was in my opinion, a lack of grease, the outer bearing didnt looked to e fully immersed. no problem get out the grease gun, right? Wrong! in the end i had two BAD Zerk fittings! my old trailer was always kept greased and yearly i pulled and checked the bearings. I actually carry a full set of bearings/seals with me in case something happens (my teenage years and first car and no grease cap! imagine that!) I like being prepared, my wife calls it being anal!
Ha! My friends call me anal too but they always come to me for help when some part fails and they need advice or want to borrow tools.

Actually, I don't plan on ever using the zerks on my trailer's hubs. I have seen the pnuematic pressure of grease and I know of no known seals that will withstand the pressure required to push old grease out of old bearings.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 PM   #50
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I just went through this a couple of weeks ago after posting on it a couple of months ago I jacked each tire up and spun it while I pumped the grease gun. I used Lucas xtra green tube . I felt no resistance pumping and I pumped till new grease came out the outer bearing. If a seal was to pop out grease would stop flowing out the front bearing. I consider the bearings packed now. I have 4 camping trips planned this summer, 2 at the Grand Canyon which relates to a couple thousand miles traveled mostly in triple digets. After the trips I will repete spining the tires and pumping grease till fresh comes out the front bearing. In my opinion giving the zircs a couple of pumps would just put a little fresh grease in the rear bearing and push some old grease into the front bearing.I don't think they would engineer a system that would fail so easily, After all their name is on it and think of the possible lawsuits.Next spring I will tear the drums down and if they are china bearings I will replace them with the best american bearings money will buy and the very best seals also. Bearing buddies on boat trailers keep grease under pressure while when I stopped pumping any kind of pressure went away. I think these hubs are great as I can have fresh packed hubs before every long trip. It only took 1 and a half tubes of grease to do this.If I have grease on my brake shoes you can bet I will be contacting them for a solution.
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