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I'm going to be building a small utility trailer. I want to use a junkyard axle, what FWD cars came with solid rear axles (ones that can still be found in junkyards)?
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Some of the old Chrysler mini vans had them. But you can buy a brand new trailer axle complete with hubs and leaf springs and shackles for about $150.
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Not around here, a straight axle costs 300 bucks, not including springs, wheels, tires or hardware
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Not around here, a straight axle costs 300 bucks, not including springs, wheels, tires or hardware

Get into Dartmouth much? Princess Auto
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Keep your eyes open for an old travel trailer as a lot of those had 3500 lb Dexter axles under them..sometimes one can even just strip the travel trailer body off and there you are a good chassis.

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I always thought of using the rear axle from a k-car, probabally the same as the caravans, looked pretty strong enough when I was parting out an old turbo le-baron and would cost next to nothin.
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The Knowledge Base might be helpful to you, I know we have a DIY trailer project in there. Here's a link to a search for the word "trailer": trailer.
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A friend of mine's son-in-law made a small boat trailer with an axle made from a piece of pipe and the bolt-on rear stub-axles from a wrecked Cavalier. Might look at the larger FWD cars for a similar but heavier setup.
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We are a trailer parts dealer. If you want to give me the specs I can see if I can get you into a deal. I am not trying to do commercial advertising but get you a good deal. I know we have some stub (so you can mount them at any width) torsion axles that are rated at 500lbs.


Let me know what kind of weight and width of an axle you are after. If nothing else I can give you a ball park number to look for.


If you are still stuck on the car axle... if you don't want too wide of a trailer check out the late 80's Cavaliers, Buick Skyhawks/Skylarks, Pontiac Sunbirds, Cadillac Cimerons (all pretty much the same chasis). They stand up pretty well, I should know I ran an 86 skyhawk in two Demolition Derbys so far with no bent axle. And I no longer have a trunk so that rear axle takes quite a few hits. Those cars should be easily found at any wrecking yard.
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