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Old 02-22-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Here's a copy of a post to Yahoo Scampers regarding replacing a leading-arm axle with a trailing-arm axle and also using a bolt-on bracket. The link to his album only works if you are a member of Yahoo (free):

rkarmes wrote:
> I've created an album entitled "Axle Replacement 1983 Scamp 13".
> I've included the quote used to buy the axle from Dexter.
> Points of Interest:
> 1) Direct replacement axles are not available, at least from Dexter.
> Original axles are leading arm, and all current production is
> trailing arm.
> 2) Dexter does not authorize installing a trailing arm axle backwards
> (as a leading arm axle).
> 3) Changing to a trailing arm configuration is in effect a new
> installation.
> 4) A trailing arm installation needs 4" brackets to lower the axle
> mount point enough to miss the floor box of the trailer. I used two
> pieces of 2" by 4" C section steel, 14" long. Dexter's installation
> instructions specify adding braces on the open part of the C section.
> 5) The work took about ten hours. Specifying the axle also took
> about ten hours.
> 6) I removed the old axle with a reciprocating saw. A cutting torch
> would be quicker, but I did not have someone to stand by with a hose.
> 7) The C section brackets are welded to the frame rails and the floor
> box. The axle brackets are bolted to the C section with 1/2-20 bolts
> and wedge washers, and torqued to 80 ft-lb.
> 8) It was quite a bit of work, but I'd do it again.
> Roger A Karmes
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Did you order a 22 1/2 degree up trailing arm axle? Thats what it looks like from your sales slip. I have a 1983 scamp 13' also that needs a new axle. But I thinking of using a 22 1/2 degree down trailing arm or a 10 degree down trailing arm. What are the measurements --Hub to hub?-- Frame to frame?
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Old 02-23-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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Kevin, sorry but I only posted the info from the post to Yahoo Scampers. The angle is usually 22.5* down.

Join the group (be sure to check "read on web" so you aren't deluged with emails of the posts) and ask the poster.
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