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Old 08-14-2016, 06:38 AM   #15
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Tell me about replacing the axle please. We're looking at an older (don't know year yet) 13'. It's quite low. . . send email to gvroots@hotmail.com
It's a very simple job. The replacement. straight axle cost $200 from Dexter Axle and I had it done at a skilled truck garage so they could measure and arrange it with Dexter. The labor was only $100.

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Old 08-14-2016, 07:04 AM   #16
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Tell me about replacing the axle please. We're looking at an older (don't know year yet) 13'. It's quite low...
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It's a very simple job. The replacement. straight axle cost $200 from Dexter Axle...
I believe the 13'ers have a rubber torsion axle, unlike the rest of the Bigfoot line, which uses leaf spring axle(s). And if it's a 13' Lil Bigfoot, I learned on a recent series of threads that the main frame rails are non-parallel, so some custom fabrication is required to install a replacement torsion axle. The original axle was built with special angled brackets just for the Bigfoot application and is no longer available.
Lil Bigfoot 13' needs new axle
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:20 AM   #17
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Lift Kit

I was an amateur welder fabricator building a few hot rods, including sub frames. Without actually seeing the frame at this point, wonder if I could grind the original axle off and apply a "lift kit" and reinstall that axle.
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I was an amateur welder fabricator building a few hot rods, including sub frames. Without actually seeing the frame at this point, wonder if I could grind the original axle off and apply a "lift kit" and reinstall that axle.
Two things to check out. First, some original torsion axle installations were welded on. Cutting it off often generates so much heat that the rubber inside is compromised. Second, if it is the original axle, it may not be good any more. The rubber hardens over time and the axle arms lose their flexibility. Conventional wisdom puts the lifespan of a rubber torsion axle at 15-20 years. If the axle arms still move up and down when you put a jack on the frame, it may have some life left.
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I believe the 13'ers have a rubber torsion axle, unlike the rest of the Bigfoot line, which uses leaf spring axle(s). And if it's a 13' Lil Bigfoot, I learned on a recent series of threads that the main frame rails are non-parallel, so some custom fabrication is required to install a replacement torsion axle. The original axle was built with special angled brackets just for the Bigfoot application and is no longer available.
Lil Bigfoot 13' needs new axle
Blueprint, schematic, specs on Lil Bigfoot frame?
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Yes, unfortunately, due to the frame design, it is more complicated to get the axle done on a 13' Bigfoot. And, apparently, it's more expensive.

One wonders what Bigfoot was thinking when they chose this frame. I kind of wonder if they got a huge close out from some boat trailer manufacturer!
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