4140 TOOL STEEL 60 TON TENSILE AXLE STUBS....

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:15 pm    Post subject: 4140 TOOL STEEL 60 TON TENSILE AXLE STUBS.... Reply with quote

Hello Friends,

If you suspect your second hand Bushtracker has been abused, overloaded, or run too hard, you can now upgrade the axle stubs and whole suspension arms. The new 4140 Axle Stubs that are standard equipment now, are available for an upgrade on your (new) second hand Bushtracker....

Now I would not bother unless you see some of the following:

1) Spring packs flattened out, so there is say less than 60 mm average between the bump stops and chassis.. I mean this suspension has the longest travel of any 4x4 trailer suspension out there, but when sitting level it should have a minimum of about 60 mm clear.. OR
2) Or the bump stops show wear or are gone altogether.... ???
3) There is a wear spot on the chassis where the bump stops have been bottoming out...

The rest of van will look a bit beat up if it has been run too hard, but usually the suspension will tell the story. If you pull off a brake drum, if they have not let tyre pressure down, you can also see extreme wear on the magnet and brake actuating arms... Just a word to the wise, a good enough buy and it is well worth restoring and upgrading OK?

These are some of the indicators that it has been overloaded, or run hard, or run too fast... If you see some or all of this, you could think about this upgrade for peace of mind.

Cost? It depends on the condition of the brakes, and the bearings, when we tear it down. On average I would say less than $2500, plus or minus 10% according to what we find on the tear down if things are badly worn...

If the spring packs are flattened out, I suggest that NO ONE these days (hardly anyone) hot tempers springs anymore... I would not suggest anyone do the normal cold bend arc back in springs because they would do it every year. Labour costs as much as the springs.. On this refit I can replace the springs if abused and flattened out, for NEW for about $500. Again, labour on top of that would be nearly as much $300-400, but the labour is already included in the full tear down to swap out the axle stub and a-frames...

Kind regards, Steven Gibbs, Director

And as I always say "In Your Best Interests"...
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