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Old November 3rd, 2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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BUilding trailer axles

Since I'm having a hell of a time finding trailer axles in the right width. I found a good set but are to narrow to clear the bed on my car hauler. Im thinking about just ordered the steel to cut to length that I need. My otters are good just the actual axle tube got bent. Am I missing something kn why I cannt do this? Just weld the new backing plates on?
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Old November 4th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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I have seen it done in the past. my neighbor whos a welder by trade did a set for me on an old car haluer of mine. he basically bought a thicker, larger piece of tube steel to slip fit the od of the axle, ran a fair amount of overlap and welded. I never had an issue with it.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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I thought the axle tubes on car trailers came with a bend from the factory most of the time?
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Old November 4th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #4
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chop cut re-weld. if you can find a long straight piece of angle iron it would help to make sure they stay kinda true to help deter uneven tire wear.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #5
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I thought the axle tubes on car trailers came with a bend from the factory most of the time?
More of a slight arc.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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I thought the axle tubes on car trailers came with a bend from the factory most of the time?
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More of a slight arc.
"Camber" for sure. String a couple to get an idea on the amount.

It is also common to see the top side of tube frame main rails welded with a zig zag pattern. This shrinks the steel and creates camber. On "I" beam frames it can also be a straight weld along top web and flange fillet.

I mention this as possible way camber a tube or "I" beam. It is quite on common trailer frames.

You may want to decide for yourself what this practice does for the structural integrity.

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