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So heading down to Florida in a few weeks to get the truck singled and have a hitch installed.

 

I would like to go ahead and remove one set of the wheels off the axle that will be removed as I can sell them off to help offset the cost of the singling. Instead of having to pack them with me on the way home.

 

Is there any issue with running down the highway like this? See it no different as if It was singled, just might look a little funny.

 

Is there anything to be made by reselling the dropped axle?

 

Brad

2013 Volvo 780

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So heading down to Florida in a few weeks to get the truck singled and have a hitch installed.

 

I would like to go ahead and remove one set of the wheels off the axle that will be removed as I can sell them off to help offset the cost of the singling. Instead of having to pack them with me on the way home.

 

Is there any issue with running down the highway like this? See it no different as if It was singled, just might look a little funny.

 

Is there anything to be made by reselling the dropped axle?

 

Brad

2013 Volvo 780

 

I would guess the ABS and traction control systems would fault since you won't have wheel speed data coming from those wheels.

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The suspension will NOT be happy. If it's air ride, the "naked" axle will hang all the way down (as far as the air bags will allow) and the bags will be under the same pressure as the laden axle. If it's spring suspension, the inter-axle swivel piece will spend most of its time swiveled all the way to one end of its range, which will put the naked axle low as well. To chain up the axle, your chain will be under the same load as the laden axle (about 8k), so you'd better have a strong chain and some good reinforcements for where the chain wraps around the frame (I wouldn't do it).

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The suspension will NOT be happy. If it's air ride, the "naked" axle will hang all the way down (as far as the air bags will allow) and the bags will be under the same pressure as the laden axle. If it's spring suspension, the inter-axle swivel piece will spend most of its time swiveled all the way to one end of its range, which will put the naked axle low as well. To chain up the axle, your chain will be under the same load as the laden axle (about 8k), so you'd better have a strong chain and some good reinforcements for where the chain wraps around the frame (I wouldn't do it).

 

That is the information I was looking for. I'll leave them on and see if I can sell them off while down there and if not I'll go ahead and find a way to strap them down for the trip home. Thank you all very much for information.

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Wanna be creative? Take the wheels off the rear axle, leave them home. You're bobtailing, right? Weight not a factor on the susp. Drop the D shaft to the rear axle. You may have to run the interlock, but you're dumping that axle anyway, right? There may be a market for the power divider if a common ratio, see if your shop wants it against the work. Good luck!

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You could put one tire on each side of axle so you have 4 tires and drive it that way.

That's certainly something to think about, thank you.

 

Wanna be creative? Take the wheels off the rear axle, leave them home. You're bobtailing, right? Weight not a factor on the susp. Drop the D shaft to the rear axle. You may have to run the interlock, but you're dumping that axle anyway, right? There may be a market for the power divider if a common ratio, see if your shop wants it against the work. Good luck!

Yes, bobtailing it down there. The rear end is 3.25, I would like to get something for it. I'll check and see if the shop would be interested. Thanks for the info.

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I would not recommend running very far on the power divider axle only.

Be safe just run down there as a twin screw and come back as a single.

 

Call

https://www.vanderhaags.com/locationtemplate.php?store=Kansas%20City

 

This is Vander Haggs in KC, see what your dif is worth.

 

Ok, thanks for that info Rick! Still hoping the DMV delivers the title before I go.

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