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djglover7

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Posted: 11/04/19 10:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dexter axle newbie here,

I have just secured a horse trailer w/LQ that will be used as a motorcycle hauler RV (a Bloomer).

It has tandem Dexter 7K torsion axles that need a good dose of TLC/R&R.

Are there USA made components? I *really* do not want to work with Chinese components.

Thanks in advance,

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Timken.


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Thank you.

When I get all the part #s from the axle, is there a good single source for Timken?

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djglover7 wrote:



When I get all the part #s from the axle, is there a good single source for Timken?


I bought Timken bearings from Summit Racing

Other axle parts are available from eTrailer. Do not buy their Chinese bearings.





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Posted: 11/04/19 06:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe that Timpken has both Chinese and American manufactured bearings. You know which ones you want. Axle bearings were standardized years ago with all manufacturers using the same sizes, so you can get them from your local store if you choose.

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I have a friend that bought the same. He ended up replacing his axles. The rubber "springs" had degraded to the point that they had to be replaced. His shop tried repositioning (clocking I think it was called) to get them back, but they would not hold the new position.

I suggest having them checked over by a good shop, before throwing money in parts at them.



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Use American made seals! Also purchase double lip seals with a garter spring! The store should have a cross reference book for the seal #s. Clean the area on your spindles where the seal rotates. Lubricate the seal lips when installing. These are MUCH better seals!


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I understand about the double-lip seals.

BUT, I cannot find anyone who advertises "made in USA".

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djglover7 wrote:

I understand about the double-lip seals.

BUT, I cannot find anyone who advertises "made in USA".


While I have had cheap Chinese bearing problems, I didn't have any problems with using whatever I could find in seals. If you don't use the zerk fitting, I doubt that you will have a problem.

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Lynnmor wrote:

Other axle parts are available from eTrailer.


Etrailer doesn't sell Timken parts when I was trying to buy earlier this year.

Your best bet is to source Timken bearings from a local bearing supplier.

Brown Bearing and McGuire Bearing are two that I use in the PNW


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