The suspension units on my trailer need replaced, the hubs and wheels are fine. The axle has a taper on it. All the ones I can find by googling have a straight axle, so I would need to buy a hub to fit then a wheel to fit the new hub.
Where can I find a suspension unit with a tapered axle?
On Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:59:06 -0800 (PST), misterroy
If these are traditional / basic units with 'rubber' insert suspension
then you may find it difficult to weld the replacement arm on without
damaging the rubber or plastic end bush?
I think they weld the drop arm and stub axle to the steel section that
goes in the rubber and either then press it into place, or mould the
rubber round it.
If only the bottom of the arm is rotten and you can weld a replacement
lower half on to good metal (and are a competent welder), as long as
you ensured the rubber didn't get overheated you might get away with
However, given that complete suspension units and hubs aren't that
expensive new ... ?
Cheers, T i m
On Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:57:03 -0800 (PST), misterroy
Yes, I was suggesting you buy the units complete with hubs (and
Only if you don't get the right hubs to suit your existing wheels etc?
Depending on the size so price of the wheels, it could sill work out
easier and cheaper ITLR, especially if you have to pay for any
We had a very early Bramber dinghy trailer that had *very* compliant
Avon 'SoftRide' suspension units but 3 stud wheels. It became
increasingly difficult to get spare wheels so I replaced the
suspension units complete with more common 4 stud 400 x 8 wheels and
tyres in the lightest weight I could buy at the time.
In hindsight I think I might have tried harder to get replacement stub
axles or considering such wheels are 'stud centric' (they sit on the
studs, not the hub as such), just had it re-drilled for the 4 stud
layout (if possible) as these new hubs were *way* stiffer than the
originals and gave the dinghy a much harsher ride.
Have you tried looking for just the units with no stub axles and using
your own stubs / hubs / wheels etc, as I think I've seen such (not
sure how easy they would be to get in the right capacity etc)?
Cheers, T i m
There are companies which sell various sub-assemblies - you really need
to know the make or at least dimensions.
If the trailer is a 'consumer' one, eg the kind you by in the various
discount stores etc rather than from a trailer specialist, you may find
the existing ones are had to match.
Specialist trailers, I expect due to volumes, tend to us standard parts
which (with luck) you can replace.
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