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Old 01-10-2018, 02:48 PM   #1
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Axel Modification.... Why Yes, Why No?

ETI states there is an axel upgrade available.

To do or not to do?

Why?

From ETI:

"Axel: standard is the #10 Dexter EX lube with a clearance of approximately 9 ˝”. The upgrade is the Nev-R-Adjust Dexter Axel includes both the EZE lube Axles and self-adjusting brakes the cost is $475.00.""

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Old 01-10-2018, 03:06 PM   #2
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"EX" and "EZE" were presumably just typos; the feature is "E-Z Lube".

It appears that the only upgrade offered here is Nev-R-Adjust (the self-adjusting brakes feature). I find adjusting brakes annoying, so I would probably get Nev-R-Adjust... although it's not cheap.
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I'm waiting for the Nev-R-lube axles.....
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The brakes are very easy to adjust. It takes only about 10 minutes per wheel to adjust. No need to pull the wheel hub, just use a flat head screw driver to a adjust. The instructions are on YOUTUBE from the Dexter website.
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I'm waiting for the Nev-R-lube axles.....
They're available from Dexter in the #10 Torflex, as long as you're willing to use 6-on-5.5" wheels (which would be an annoyance in production). Jim, did you ask Reace if he were willing to provide these as a special order?
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I asked about them ordering axles with the self adjusting brakes in November and they said they would for $450. At that time I was asked not to share the info.
I find it hard to pay that kind of money when you can get the whole replacement unit for about $40 US. I will wait until I need new brakes to do the upgrade. I can’t imagine the difference in ordering axles with and without the nev-r-adjust being very much cost.
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Same thought; at Etrailer the Nev-R-Adjust backing plate, which is the whole assembly is $10 more than the standard. Will change out my stock ones when ready for new shoes.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:28 PM   #8
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The low incremental cost is a good argument for adding Nev-R-Adjust if replacing the backing plate assemblies.

The factory price... well, few options on any vehicle are anything close to at-cost offers from the manufacturer; auto manufacturers routinely charge thousands of dollars to turn on software features with no physical change at all. I also assume that the option cost is affected by the pricing of components to Escape: a few units of different specification will not be priced as well as the much larger quantity of the standard specification... which is probably part of the reason that E-Z Lube is now standard rather than optional.
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Same thought; at Etrailer the Nev-R-Adjust backing plate, which is the whole assembly is $10 more than the standard. Will change out my stock ones when ready for new shoes.
That is what I found at the time I was searching as well. I thought if Escape doubled the price for them to upgrade, it would run around $100...but guess I was way off.
Maybe this will be a standard feature for Escape in the future. This way they can get a bulk deal with all axles being self adjusting.
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The brakes are very easy to adjust. It takes only about 10 minutes per wheel to adjust. No need to pull the wheel hub, just use a flat head screw driver to a adjust. The instructions are on YOUTUBE from the Dexter website.
I find it takes about 2 minutes tops per wheel to adjust, the extra time is jockeying around the trailer to raise the next wheel off the ground.
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