After a year hiatus or so, I'm back after searching the forum earlier today for a few hours and reading old threads about replacement of the original torsion axle
4500. I found a few good threads but they never ended with pics or how the results were?!
does not and did not have any electric brakes
setup, but the square mounting flanges are there. I'm running new Carilise st175/80/13 tires
on the original 5 bolt 4.5" spacing and hope to keep these and get my $$ spent back by wearing them down vs 14". This project requires a weld-on replacement axle
I'm thoroughly confused about Dexter and Henschen axle
replacements based on some old threads.
I could really use knowing the original start angle unloaded, and for those who have opted for a bit more ground / tire clearance, what did you choose for a new start angle (unloaded).?
I have my eye on a Dexter #10 torflex axle because I like the larger 10" electric brakes
it can be ordered with. We have 2 kids and that means we don't pack as light
as we could and this year we hope to cover some larger distances.
TUG is 2000 4 runner stock height. We do like the remote campsites down gravel roads with washboard potholes etc. Could definitely use a few inches of lift on the trillium
(increase start angle to x degrees "down") to get away from gravel rash.
I don't think my current original axle has any travel in it. As it sits now unloaded just sitting on its wheels I have about 3" of clearance between top of tire and wheel well. This distance does not change when loaded. The torsion arms I would estimate currently are 15 degrees up (above the top of mounting bracket face).
I would really like to hear what others have ordered for the start angle for a replacement 4500 torsion axle or another similar (like a #9), and what the results were. Please! I don't have the luxury of having an RV shop anywhere close but can get an axle ordered and delivered to a shop that is 400 Klms away that is very competent. Just want to order the right axle (once)!
Thank you very much for any demystifying on this issue.