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mobeewan

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Posted: 02/03/22 11:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

profdant139 wrote:

Is cross-bracing something that can be done when upgrading to the new axles? Or is that something that has to be built in to the original frame?


I was looking into them early last year. I was concerned about the possibility that mounting to a thin frame could cause them to rip loose with side to side forces against the tires, but I believe there is a square tube brace that could be added to tie them together to reduce those side to side forces.

With the square tube there is still better ground clearance than standard axles. There are square sockets on some them where I believe the square tube fits into. Can't find anything about the sq tubing on the Timbren web site, bit I'm shure I saw it.

I like the Timbrens because you can replace the rubber bushings if they wear out. You can't replace the rubber strips on a torsion axle and would have to replace the complete axle if the rubber wears out just on one side. The rubber strips are what makes the torsion suspension work. Rubber does age and wear out over time.

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"Specs:
Fits: 1-axle and 2-axle trailers that use low-pressure, off-road tires."
How many of our trailers would this apply to?


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Posted: 02/04/22 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

cons: expensive

pros: everything else...

I would love to have them, but cannot justify the expense.

I'm not sure the claims that a standard axle provide added strength to the trailer frame. Can anyone explain this? Are you sure the standard axle does not weaken thee frame compared to these Timbrens?
Other than the leaf springs being mounted a few feet apart to the frame and spreading the stresses that way, I dont see what stresses will be new.

You will need, maybe, to beef up the mounting area, you will need a mounting plate anyway, so that might be all that is needed.
You will need to weld or hire a trailer welder and hope they get it straight.
I once had a new torsion axle welded on and they welded it crooked, disaster. I should have walked away when the welder said he could not weld a bracket on. Dummy.

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Posted: 02/04/22 08:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

More options are available.

QCMan wrote:

"Specs:
Fits: 1-axle and 2-axle trailers that use low-pressure, off-road tires."
How many of our trailers would this apply to?



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