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Old 31 October 2009, 20:25   #21
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Rogue's on the case!

I'd similarly recommend a change of axle - up to you whether you go for 'sealed for life' or taper roller bearing. In unbraked <750kg rating, both are good, in my experience. You may get some independent suspension units to fit your existing axle, where the trailing arm would effectively move the fulcrum point further aft, helping increase your noseweight, but I'd fit a new axle if I were you, especially if RW has one on the cheap (which will fit )

What else do you need for it?
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Old 01 November 2009, 04:50   #22
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Eek.. this is starting to sound expensive. I'll go and measure it when the rain eases a bit. I've found one which looks the same as the original on Ebay but it's still got about 10 days left so probably won't be any good.

I think that's it but I'll have to find the list I made from the gathering of all the stuff to get fixed before the next one !
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Old 01 November 2009, 05:41   #23
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Eek.. this is starting to sound expensive. I'll go and measure it when the rain eases a bit. I've found one which looks the same as the original on Ebay but it's still got about 10 days left so probably won't be any good.
Apologies I wasn't trying to sell anything so to keep the advice straight I'll withdraw the offer of the indispension units, I just remeber that at the beginning of the thread you asked where parts could be sourced locally and I was asking if Stroud was local as I'll be down there next weekend sorting out my trailers.

I genuinely think that Snipe solution is crap an would advise you to improve the solution and not replace an old bad one, as then future maintenance repair becomes a lot easier.I think that you could provide a better solution for around a 100, pending photograps, which I don't see as expensive

Having said that as long as you have new stubbers and bearings you'll be safe which is the only real important thing, I suspet the ebay units wont have many takers so you may get a result
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Old 01 November 2009, 15:39   #24
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That's cool - don't let me put anyone off selling stuff !

I sort of had this in my head as 'simple repair' rather than 'long term upgrade', so hadn't really budgeted for it that's all. I agree there's little point in replacing something if it's crap anyway, so will have to give it some thought.

It may also turn out that I'm in a dreamworld about the cost of bits of metal of course....
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Old 02 November 2009, 04:55   #25
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I think stu is on the right line, an axle change/upgrade would be a good solution.
Those stub axles are a horrible design, the seal is not really in the right place for a trailer that gets immersed. Hubs and stubs with a separate dynamic lipseal are far more suited for marine use. a loose spinning bearing on a worn stub axle with no seal between the inner race and stub axle wont keep water out even if a new hub and bearings are fitted, hence the state of your bearings when we pulled them apart and our suggestion that they would be in a similar state again soon. (and theres a bloody great hole in the middle of the hubcaps whats that for? too let water in???)
If you do opt for removing the stub axles, the best way to get those bolts out is either get the boat off the trailer onto your lawn, or remove the axle so you can get at them ,then centre punch them and drill them partially out, at least until the head is off then try drifting them out, or drill right out.
Personally i would opt for dropping the boat off then attacking the U bolts on the axle with disc cutter then fitting an alternative axle.
Your Old axle will sell on Ebay, it is useable and has good tyres and hubs and would be ok for a small trailer(non boat use) or a launching trolley.
someone will have a use for it.
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The U bolts are off, most of them sheared but they are out of the way. It's the bolts on the stubby things themselves that are going to require a lot more violence (if that turns out to be the way to go).

I must have misunderstood what you guys were saying, sorry - I thought you meant the ends were worn, which was going to continue causing problems with wheel bearings, so the solution would be to replace the worn bits. I hadn't realised it was an actual design flaw with the whole axle, which Snipe obviously worked out quite quickly if there aren't many still with that set up !

I've no idea what a dynamic lipseal is but it sounds interesting.
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Old 03 November 2009, 07:12   #27
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I've no idea what a dynamic lipseal is but it sounds interesting.
If It's any help I don't think Rimmell make it!

Angle Grinder(disc Cutter) for me on those bolts.

Hows the monsoon season, any pics yet?
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Old 03 November 2009, 13:00   #28
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a dynamic seal seals a rotating bit to a static bit. as opposed to a seal between two static bits.
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Old 06 November 2009, 17:09   #29
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Dynamic lipseal

It was more interesting when I didn't know, thought it might have been something dirty.

Anyway, sorry, got distracted by random family members turning up - and I'm not sure the monsoon season's over yet here but have acquired a couple of pictures. Hopefully this is what you meant, I haven't got room to get a picture of the whole lot from the back but I can try to rearrange at some point if this will help ?

The channel that the axle goes into is 11cm across.

There's about a day left on the Ebay one which looks like a direct replacement, so will see how that goes. If I win it and it's any less knackered I'll try to get it in the right place as a temporary solution then work out the best way forward in time for May. If not I might have to have a closer look at that other thread where a nice man is hopefully still selling a new axle.

I have an angle grinder now - my lovely Dad has loaned me one (hoorah for old people!) - but can't do anything this weekend as I appear to have signed up for colder slower boating activities.
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Old 07 November 2009, 17:56   #30
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Dammit didn't get the ebay one. At least it's not looking like there is any rush to sort it for December as there's not been any other posts about a get-together then, so I'll spend a bit more time trying to get it sorted properly.

There was a slight geographical issue with the ebay one anyway, so it's probably for the best.
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