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Torsion Axle Needed


cachesurf

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Does anyone have a good source to potentially find an in-stock torsion axle from my 2008 Extreme trailer?  Its a UFP/Dexter axle, but lead times are proving outrageous from Dexter.  We just had to cancel our week-long vacation at the lake since we can't trailer the boat right now.

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1 hour ago, cachesurf said:

Does anyone have a good source to potentially find an in-stock torsion axle from my 2008 Extreme trailer?  Its a UFP/Dexter axle, but lead times are proving outrageous from Dexter.  We just had to cancel our week-long vacation at the lake since we can't trailer the boat right now.

etrailer.com.

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Thanks, but etrailer.com doesn't have this specific of an axle.  Both my mechanic and I have repeatedly tried to call Extreme Trailers and can't reach a live person or get a call back, which is very frustrating.  I did find a company called Friedl Axles that is located near the Dexter/UFP factory in CA that makes versions of those axles in 12 days.  I was hoping to find one in stock and salvage some of my vacation, but at least I'll be able to fix it for the rest of the summer.

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You can weld them solid till replacements are ready. I had to do that on my 2006 when it sprung a torsion. Put hundreds of miles on it before I got replacements.

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1 minute ago, dalt1 said:

You can weld them solid till replacements are ready. I had to do that on my 2006 when it sprung a torsion. Put hundreds of miles on it before I got replacements.

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On 6/29/2021 at 4:51 PM, dalt1 said:

You can weld them solid till replacements are ready. I had to do that on my 2006 when it sprung a torsion. Put hundreds of miles on it before I got replacements.

Or buy standard spring axles and weld them to a piece of 2x2 angle and bolt them. However this was not inexpensive. I ran them for about 4 months. Before I got the time to install the replacement 

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Hijacking a little.

Just got a call from a friend. His 05 boatmate trailer has a broken torsion component. Does one need a new axle or just the torsion part?  If welding, what am I welding?  

 

Thanks

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1 hour ago, footndale said:

So answering my own question, it looks like the axle it self breaks and the weld is between the arm and axle tube.

From @dalt1 post in 2018

 

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The rubber inside the axle tube(can't see it) holds a splined axle. the rubber eventually lets go of the spline and the axle stays in the up position. This weld will have to be ground back off to move the arm to the new assembly. All in all not a bad job. I was on my way to a lake vacation 120 miles away when it let loose only 2 miles into my trip. Came back home, made a few calls and got this suggestion. Pulled out the welder and was on my way in a couple hours after the failure. Hauled it 600 miles that way before new axles were acquired.  Could not tell any difference towing that way either.

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They are all custom.  I welded mine.  With the amount of cushion in the tires, it really doesn't ride too bad.

 

Probably put 500+ miles on mine before my new ones showed up.

 

Reach out to dexter (UPF parent), they are warranting many of the torsion axles.  Mine were 12 years old, and they replaced at no cost.  

If you do this, i HIGHLY recommend buying new outer swing arms (with bearings, brakes) from them directly.  Prices are killer, and then you are good for another 5-10 yrs.  

 

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