Torflex Axle Selection Guide
When building a trailer, the total Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) must be determined
in order to select the right axle or axles for the application. GVW includes the weight
of the empty trailer and the weight of the intended cargo. (Example: 2,000 lb. empty
trailer weight + 8,000 lbs. cargo = GVW of 10,000 lbs.)
After determining the GVW, you must then determine the % of that weight to be on the axles (GAW). The number and capacity of the axles must be selected. For example, if you have 10,000 lb. GAW and want tandem axles, the minimum required capacity is 5,000 lbs. per axle.
First, determine if you want brakes. Most states require by law that trailers of specific capacity require brakes.
To determine how many brakes are necessary in a state, contact
the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Second, determine what type of brake you prefer: Electric,
Hydraulic Single Servo, Hydraulic Free-Backing, Hydraulic Duo Servo, Hydraulic Disc or Air "S" Cam
Of the several ways and industry terms to describe this procedure, the most popular term is "Hub Face"
which is the measurement from the base of the wheel stud to the base of the wheel stud on the opposite
end of the axle.
The Bolt Pattern of the axles can vary depending on the capacity of the axle. The Bolt Pattern also determines
what type tire and wheel can be used. If there is a specific tire and wheel you would like to use,
please relay that information so we can help you to determine the proper bolt pattern and axle.
Since the mounting brackets of the Torflex axles mount directly to the frame of your trailer, it is necessary
to know the outside frame measurement in order to install them on the axle correctly.
The starting angle is the position of the spindle in reference to the trailer frame. In order to make it simpler
to select the starting angle for your Torflex axle, consult the How to Install Torflex Axles and mounting guide for the selected axle.