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Old 08-22-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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Both tires on my 76 Triple E Surfside are wearing on the outsides. The outsides are completely bald after a trip to Newfoundland and back from Ottawa. The wear pattern would suggest excessive tow-in or excessive negative camber.
Does anyone know if wheel alignment is possible on Dexter axles? If so how is it done? Is there anything on the web about it?
About mid trip, I noticed that the outside tread was getting scalloped (intermittent ridges developed on the outside tread). By the time I got home the tires were bald on the outside. I suppose this might also be caused by badly balanced wheels?
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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Both tires on my 76 Triple E Surfside are wearing on the outsides. The outsides are completely bald after a trip to Newfoundland and back from Ottawa. The wear pattern would suggest excessive tow-in or excessive negative camber.
Does anyone know if wheel alignment is possible on Dexter axles? If so how is it done? Is there anything on the web about it?
About mid trip, I noticed that the outside tread was getting scalloped (intermittent ridges developed on the outside tread). By the time I got home the tires were bald on the outside. I suppose this might also be caused by badly balanced wheels?
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:14 AM   #3
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There are alignment shims to correct some camber/toe problems on non-adjustable axles (such as a trailer or rear of a front wheel drive vehicle). Check with your local trailer and or tire/alignment specialist. Make sure your axle is in otherwise serviceable condition first, though. You don't want to waste time and money trying to fix something that won't hold an alignment.
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:02 PM   #4
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There are alignment shims to correct some camber/toe problems on non-adjustable axles (such as a trailer or rear of a front wheel drive vehicle). Check with your local trailer and or tire/alignment specialist. Make sure your axle is in otherwise serviceable condition first, though. You don't want to waste time and money trying to fix something that won't hold an alignment.

What conditions would make it unserviceable? Would this have to be a damage due to an impact, or could it simply be too old, rusty?

On reflection I'm wondering if the scalloping of the tread might be an indication that the wheels were unbalanced, so they began hopping in a harmonic way so they wore in that scalloped pattern, then the scallops wore off and the tires are bald? But the question still remains why did they wear on the outsides?
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:25 PM   #5
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measure between the tires, (inside to inside) front,back,top and bottom. If there are any large differences this will show it. they measurements should be very close to the same. What type of axle do you have is it a torsion? if so jack up the trailer and check fo play, in the wheel bearing and in the axle.
My box trailer was out by an inch front to rear, and it ate a set of tires in about a thousand miles.
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measure between the tires, (inside to inside) front,back,top and bottom. If there are any large differences this will show it. they measurements should be very close to the same. What type of axle do you have is it a torsion? if so jack up the trailer and check fo play, in the wheel bearing and in the axle.
My box trailer was out by an inch front to rear, and it ate a set of tires in about a thousand miles.
Thanks for the advice. I think the first thing I'll do is try to find a couple of good tires. Then take the Surf Side to my neighbourhood alignment shop where we can get a good look at the underside and do the measurements. I'll balance the wheels once the new tires are mounted as well.

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