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Front Axel tie down


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Depends on type of axle and type of springs?  With composite springs (those that a magnet won't stick to) never put a chain on them for securement.  Strap the axle to your crossbar.  Especially if a Hendrickson air axle.  No chains on them either.  All your strap is for is to help gravity hold the axle in the forks, and keep from sliding side to side.


I personally use a grade 8 chain in a full basket configuration with a safety latch on the grab hook.  I tighten the chain by hand after placing the hook over the spring, around the back side of the axle, then under the crossbar and back to the side of the spring.  Hook then and wrap the excess around the spring and placing the last wrap under the previous wrap.  Sorry, no pictures as I can't seem to post them.


I always run a second set of safeties, crossed from chain pockets on wrecker to the pull hooks made on truck being towed or around the front spring hangers.  Leave slack for turns and hold excess off ground with bungies, while turning.



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