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Author:  Ken0069 [ Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:53 pm ]
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Beretta wrote:
There's also Redneck trailer parts O:)


And just where are they located?? O:)

Where's the money Barry? And don't tell me that the driver horked up again? :-

Author:  Beretta [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:28 am ]
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No money,well have to spend some more [-( ..Driver is still good as I had a .018 .008 .009 =; .....After 1st round win the water pump quit ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) so done for the night!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was not happy and quite Pi$$ of to say the least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.redneck-trailer.com/Locations.aspx

Author:  winlight148 [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:30 am ]
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Ken0069 wrote:
winlight148 wrote:
my dad had to buy axles for his trailer when he hit some big pot holes. he found the cheapest place to be trailer super store in annapolis md. they have a website, i think its trailersuperstore.com .


They're up in Penn according to the link you provided.



i see that now. maybe they have a dealer net work or something. i'll find out.

Author:  Ken0069 [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:53 pm ]
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Redneck has a store in Lincolnton, Nc but their website doesn't show any torsion axles.

Pit Bitch has contacted his guy in Greensboro and I'll call him tomorrow to see what he can do.

Author:  Ken0069 [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:44 pm ]
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OK so the only axle I can find is $348 with no brakes, bearings or hubs/drums.

So I went and looked at the old Phord straight axle bending stuff and it wouldn't work either so we finally wound up with a "Donee Rig" and now that axle is bolted under the trailer and is ready to go. Tomorrow I'll pull the other one and straighten it also so by weeks end that thing will have two straightened axles and two new tires and hopefully will run a LONG time!!

Also found out that the Dodge has either a bad PCM ($300) or a bad crank sensor ($116) so that will get converted to an old style Mopar external regulator and a toggle switch for the A/C compressor clutch.

Will post a pic or two of the "Donee Rig" later on today.

Author:  Ken0069 [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:37 pm ]
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Here's a pic of that "Donee Rig" that I used to straighten this axle! That piece of high strength chain and hooks cost me $20 and that actual process took about2 hours. I'll do the other one much faster though as now I know what it takes and the stuff is already laying in the floor. \:D/

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Author:  krazy55ken [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:30 pm ]
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Thats how we allways done ours when i worked at the frame shop. We would some times do it right on the trailer in the pit. We had and old bear toe scuff machine that we could drive over to ck the toe on it or use our hand held camber tool.

Author:  Beretta [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:38 am ]
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Ken how did you know when to stop bending and how did you measure it???

Author:  gearhead1011 [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:57 am ]
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I think mine was bent on the arm so I doubt that would have worked on that one. i tried with a different rig but there was way too much flex to get it right. Mine was bent in on the right front and the trailer guys said that was common on a big trailer. They said guys towing would curb that axle when they didn't (or couldn't) swing out for a right turn.

Author:  Ken0069 [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:13 am ]
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Beretta wrote:
Ken how did you know when to stop bending and how did you measure it???


Before I did anything else we scribed very thin line 360* around all 4 tires when we were checking the toe. After we got the axle bent back some we put tires on both sides and then measured line to line to align it. Used a bubble level on the machinist square head and an upright carpenters level on the tire to know how much I was bending it. Oh, and had to go a pretty fair amount beyond straight too to get it to come back to where it needed to be. That is high tinsel 3/8" chain and two of the links are bent! O:)

The mounting flange was bent also so instead of trying to straighten that we just used washers to shim it and fastened it that way. I'll recheck it again after I get the trailer on the ground but it's looking good right now.

Pit Bitch is coming over after work to help with the other one so we may have it back under the trailer tonight before he leaves. That one is only 5/16 inch out so it may be easier to do that one.

Author:  Slowpoke [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:43 am ]
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Looking good! May be a business opportunity,

"Ken's Bent Axle Repair Shop...Will Work For Used Race Car Parts"

Next time you straighten one, try it on the trailer, much less work and you're laying down. =;

Author:  nomad [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:34 am ]
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krazy55ken wrote:
Thats how we allways done ours when i worked at the frame shop. We would some times do it right on the trailer in the pit. We had and old bear toe scuff machine that we could drive over to ck the toe on it or use our hand held camber tool.



I went through the Bear school on 1972. We spent quite a bit of time tweaking axles like that. The shop I worked at had a scuff machine. Haven't seen one since.

Author:  Ken0069 [ Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:39 pm ]
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THIS is what 3/4" or TOW OUT will do to a $125 trailer tire in about 1500 miles that was half worn out when I put it on this trailer. Judging from what I'm seeing here, I could have turned it around on that rim and run it another 1500 miles and worn the inside again and had it slick on both sides! If the cord wasn't showing I'd have done just that! O:)

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Author:  Ken0069 [ Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:24 pm ]
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Well, made a 30 mile test run this am at highway speeds and checked all tires twice with the heat gun and they were all in between 110/123*. Tires on the Dodge were @ 112* so I guess the trailer tires aren't that far off.

Interesting to note though that the cheap China tires were warmer than the two old made in Canada Goodyears?

I also noted that the trailer pulls much better now than before, ie, it had always been a little "tail happy" before, which I guess came from all the toe out on the right side.

We're off to Eastside Speedway tomorrow to run my first actual RACE with this dragster. Lets hope that everything gets there and back in one piece!!

Author:  Beretta [ Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:11 am ]
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Good luck Ken!!!!!!!! Oh and keep an eye on those trailer tires \:D/ Oh and if you need any tuning tips you have my cell #....... O:) O:) :-$

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