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  1. milender20
    Hi there! Ive got a 1976 scamp and have been looking into replacing the axle. Just curious on what axle you went with and how easy installation was? Thanks!
  2. mcjoelseph
    i ended up taking it to a trailer place here in denver. they way that they built these old trailers back in the day was fairly cheap and as such welded the axle directly to the frame. needless to say this was a pain in the ass and required an entire reimagining of the axle system.

    I ended up with a dexter #10, which is rated to 3500lbs, but i had built to accomodate only 2500. I wanted the beefiness of the 3500. the dexter #9 is only rated to 2100lbs, which wasnt enough for me.

    they also mpounted the torsion axles "backwards" with the torsion arms pointed forward instead of the correct geometry of them aiming forward. It also required an additional 4"x4" piece of angle iron to be rewelded to the frame to accomodate the beefier axle.

    If youre not at least decent at welding, i'd suggest taking it to a trailer place and have them weigh in on the swap. The other option would be to weld in some springs, and go with a more traditional leaf spring axle.

    said and done i spent just under $2k on the axle replacement... that was about $600 for the axle, and the rest was labor more or less. not sure what a leaf spring setup would run, but it might be a good option as well. hope that helps!
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