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Old 17 November 2012, 18:42   #31
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But, isnt it the cost of the solution which no one will pay? ......Not saying Ive worked it out .. but the man that does, for sensible money, I agree will take home the bacon, and it cant come soon enough for sure.

Get thee out to the shed .....
Yeh, well, perhaps I should get out to the shed cos I worked it out long ago... so, Mr Indespension, you can have this for free: make separate stub axles which are held in via a Morse taper and a single big nut at the back of the arm, galvanize the inner bar and arm, ream out the galvanizing from the tapered hole after the galvanizing. Job done. This will also allow the replacement of a rusting stub axle if necessary so you can make more money. If you want to do it properly, make the stub axle out of one of the tough grades of stainless steel.

Actually, you can keep the royalties but send me a good Macallan at Xmas time. Ta.
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Old 17 November 2012, 19:14   #32
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make the stub axle out of one of the tough grades of stainless steel.
Ding ding .. instant punter turn off .. cos it costs dont disagree with a word of your thinking .. but the punters will not pay
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Old 17 November 2012, 19:19   #33
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In contrast soon after I first met my wife her maestro has a "dislocated gear linkage" which the AA just 'relocated' at the roadside (one for their stats). It didn't make it the rest of the way home before it went again [but I came out and improvised a repair with a shoe lace whilst she was waiting for them to come back]...
Sounds to me like they did you a favour

I think?
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Old 17 November 2012, 19:24   #34
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Ding ding .. instant punter turn off .. cos it costs dont disagree with a word of your thinking .. but the punters will not pay
Well I dunno, I paid extra to have galvanized units when I build my trailer, I wasn't aware at that time that all I was getting was the outside box galvanized. Surely I can't be the only one who'd pay to have the peace of mind of non-corrosion. Wouldn't you?
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JW: I fear you have underestimated the level of "tightness" on the go at the mo. I myself succumbed recently and instantly felt the pain and embarrassment of trying to make 15 do the work of 85...

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Old 18 November 2012, 11:08   #36
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ALKO axles have a heavy cast arm and the suspension units I have used to replace the failed part have solid 1/2" steel crank arms. These will outlive the trailer, so why, as jwalker says, do Snipe & Peak choose to use pressed steel RHS crank arms on a boat trailer?
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ALKO axles have a heavy cast arm and the suspension units I have used to replace the failed part have solid 1/2" steel crank arms. These will outlive the trailer, so why, as jwalker says, do Snipe & Peak choose to use pressed steel RHS crank arms on a boat trailer?
IIRC I had Alko gear on the trailer that came with the 8.5 I used to have, and I still have the dent in my wallet to this day when I bought new cables and shoes to re-line both axles. (which failed just as quick as any other brakes assy)

But I dont follow your post ?

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ALKO axles have a heavy cast arm and the suspension units I have used to replace the failed part have solid 1/2" steel crank arms.
What failed .. you mean you put an ALKO axle on a generic trailer with a knacked axle ?
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No, just making a point that other manufacturers make their suspension units and axles out of beefier material, eg heavy cast arms by ALKO and solid steel arms on independent suspension units I bought recently (manufacturer unknown). These independent units are bolted to a new axle beam which replaces the failed PEAK axle on my SNIPE boat trailer.
I couldn't find a replacement axle 'off the shelf' to suit the trailer, so I made up a new beam with bolt on suspension units.
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So how much were the ALKO axle units then ?
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ALKO axles are around 150-200, but all the ones I saw for sale were the wrong size, so it would have been a special order item, which may have cost more.

It's only a small 500kg trailer, so I made up an axle from 50x50 RHS and welded some angles and flat plates on it, then got it galvanised. The 500kg suspension units which are now fitted were around 50/pr.
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