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I have a LoadRite Dual Axle whose front passenger side spindle threads are a little striped. I bought the trailer with a StringRay 656zp last year for a good price. The boat is georgeous and runs well. The trailer....well, i've worked on it. I bought a package from EasternMarine for $400 that replaced the brake actuator, surge brakes, drums changed to hub-discs, lights, et al. I am happy, but found that a spindle is a little stripped. I'd like to get a trailer spindle, but several people said no one would weld it because of the liability. The drop axle is $500....that is too rich just to remediate just a stripped spindle. Can I rethread the spindle smaller to take a smaller nut? Can I replace the spindle ? Can a new spindle be welded in ? Spindles are less than $25 at TrailerParts superstore. I like that price better than $500 so long as I can find someone to weld it in. Any recommendations ? Thanks, chris
Answered on: 4/2007
You should be able to replace the spindle without any difficulty. I would be apprehensive about turning the spindle down to rethread it as that may alter the integrity of its strength. I did some internet searches and found that there are quite a few welding outfits that specialize in axle repair (primarily for tractor trailers). Look through your local yellow pages or search through the web for a welder in your area. You should not have a problem.