All trailer owners need to know how to measure their trailer axle, especially when it comes time to repair or replace this crucial part. Let’s learn the key dimensions to measure.
Measure the Hub FacesThis is one of the most important measurements you’ll need to make on your axle. Measure from the outside edge of one hub to the outside edge of the opposite hub on the other end of the axle.
How to Measure if You’re Missing Axle HubsSometimes, you have to make a measurement but you don’t have hubs. Measure brake flange to brake flange when this happens. Flanges are at the end of each axle under where the hub typically sits. Measure outside face to outside face of each flange.
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Now Add Space for a Hub:
Inches to Add for Each Axle Capacity:
- 2,000 lb axles - 7 inches
- 3,500 lb axles - 6 inches
- 6,000 lb axles - 9 inches
- 7,000 lb axles - 9 inches
- 8,000 lb axles - 9 - 10 inches
Measure Spring Centers for Proper Placement
This is one of the most important measurements you will make in this project. The spring centers have to be in the exact same place as the old ones. If not, they might block wheels, tires, or other mechanical components. Measure from center to center of each axle spring.