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Dexter Axle Trailer Axles - Leaf Spring Suspension - T20BTR-EZ-7258 Review

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Review of Dexter Trailer Axles T20BTR-EZ-7258


Today we're going to review part number T20BTR-EZ-7258. This is the Dexter Idler Trailer Axle with the straigh easy lube spindles. This one is 72 inches long and has a 2200 pound weight capacity. Now when we do ship this to you, it would actually have the spindles covered, we use this heavy car gated tubing and then we tape in on around the spindle. Actually before we put the tubing on, we will actually have grease that we cover the machine surface with to help protect it and then the tubes put on and then taped around it. I left the one on that end just to show you how we do ship them. This one I've taken it off because I want to show you the spindle. Now this actual beam will act as part of your trailer suspension system. You can use it to replace an axle on your trailer or you can use it to fabricate a suspension to fit your application. It's made of a high strained steel construction. On the natural basically, there will be an actual bend right here in the center. As you can see there's space under there. Once your spring seats are on the bottom here, you'll see the bend goes up and the reason they do that, this will help create a 0 camber angle for even road to tread contact across the width of your trailer's tires. Basically having the center ride a bit higher and then the sides bent lower, this will allow the axle to give just enough to compensate for the low.

When you put your load on the trailer, it would push down and sort of even that out and give your tires even where all the way across the full tread. This will result in excellent straight line acceleration for steady and in line tracking Now the spring seats on the bottom would make this an underslung design axle. Basically with the spring seats welded to the underside, this is where your lease springs would mount to. With it being on the under side, it will give you a low ride height which will make it easier to load and unload your trailer. Now this is an idler axle beam which means there are no break mounting flinches welded on and it also has just a straight easy lube spindle, there's no drop to it. If you're not familiar with easy lube, basically what an easy lube spindle is, as you noticed there's a grease zerk fitting right here on the end of the spindle. What that allows you to do is pump grease in, goes through the inside and it'll come right off this hole here and that will fill the whole cavity of where your bearings are.

It saves you the hassle of having to on a standard axle which you'll have to do is unscrew, take your hub assembly off, take your bearings out, grease everything, put it, pack them and then put it back together. With the easy lube, put your hub assembly all up on there and then you just pump the grease in, so it makes it a lot simpler to lubricate. The spring seats here and the spindles are all welded on. Now a critical thing on axles is measuring the length of an axle beam. There are multiple ways to measure that, but there's 2 that are really the most accurate. The hub face to hub face and the spring center to spring center lengths are the most accurate. Hub face would be when you have your idler hubs slid on here correctly. You would measure basically from the base of 1 wheel stud on the hub to the other end, to the base of that wheel stud, on the opposite side. Once the hubs amount on that, that will give you the hub face to hub face measurement. The other one is the spring center.

This is the approximate width of your trailer. This is measured from the center of 1 spring seat of this side to the center of the spring seat on the other side. Basically, if you're replacing your trailer's axle, you should be able to figure out which type you need by determining the capacity of your trailer, the bolt pattern of your wheels, the break type and then these lengths. Basically what we're going to do by measure the spring seat, it's going to be center of that spring seat to the center of this one is going to be 58 inches on this axle. Again, the weight capacity if 2200 pounds. Now the hub face, I don't have the hubs on, so just to give you an estimate, hub face is going to be right at about 72 inches, hub face to hub face length on this axle. Now the tubing outer diameter right here is 1 3/4 inches. The spindle size is 1 1/16 diameter. And that should do it . Oh one last note I just want to let you know is that this white manufacturer's label that comes on an axle is recommended. Actually that is the back of the axle.

So with it mounted in this positioning, spring seats on the bottom, the bending up, this would mean the label or the sticker right here, this would be the rear of the trailer, this would be the front of the trailer. But that should do it on part number T20BTR-EZ-7258. This is the Dexter Idler Trailer Axle with the straight easy lube spindles.


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