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Old 05-28-2006, 11:42 PM   #15
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Benny, the room is there because the basic axles (idler and braked) are the same, just that the flange is present if constructed that way.

I would be extremely reluctant to try welding a flange on -- Besides the potential damage to the rubber, there may be an effect on the axle beam itself (dunno if the axle beam is heat-treated after the flange process or not) and the flange weld itself is likely a critical one because of the forces that will be applied to it during braking, esp on bumpy surface.

It would take a very skilled welder to get the proper penetration without using excess heat -- I would expect that Dexter and Al-Ko did a lot of experimentation to get it right and in this case the welder would only have one chance per end.

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Old 05-29-2006, 08:06 AM   #16
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Pete, I have a used, but serviceable, idler axle that was given to me and may be worth some experimentation just for the fun of I mentioned earlier, the heat would be the least of the problems.....something to play around with when there is nothing else happening around here,LOL....Benny

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Old 05-29-2006, 10:23 AM   #17
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How did you remove the old axle?
Our old axle was only bolted on so there was only a small struggle with the rusted hardware and off it came. It would have been more complicated but still doable (for us) if it was welded on.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:59 AM   #18
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:35 PM   #19
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Hi, wondering if anyone out here knows if there is room to weld the flange to mount the backing plate onto a torsion axle without a factory flange.......I don`t think that heat would be a problem if the weld beads were done in short runs and allowed to cool between the welding times....there is a lot of metal to act as a heat sink between the axle and the torsion part of the assembly.....there shouldn`t be too much heat getting to the rubber area.....may not be cost effective if a person had to buy the components anyway and pay a welder, but if the welding was free and if the components were on hand, it may be worth a try.... ...Benny

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Old 06-14-2006, 11:03 PM   #20
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Haven`t seen one on the road, but there is a pic in the albums section....prior to about 4 years ago I didn`t pay any attention to the fiberglass trailers....just used to admire the biggies with sliders and diesel pushers but then down graded, or should I say upgraded, my thinking to "all that was really needed", my 13 foot Boler .......funny thing also is that I used to live a half block from where the Boler was born in Winnipeg, and knew one of the owners, Sandor Dussa, very well from before his venture of partnership with Ray Olecko and the birth of the Boler....and yet never really cared for the fiberglass eggs at all....oh, well, they say with age comes wisdom!..... followed by Alzheimers!....great!.....Benny

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