Torsion Axles: Everything You Need to Know

Feb 2, 2023 | Torsion Axles

This article answers the popular question: What are torsion axles?

A torsion trailer axle uses thick, rubber cords concealed in the axle’s tubing that provides cushion to give the trailer a smoother ride. The rubber cords compress as the wheels move, offering an even wheel suspension by absorbing the shock on bumpy, unlevel roadways. Unlike standard spring axles, each wheel works independently of the other.

Torsion Axle Replacements

BlueSwift Axles specializes in torsion axle replacements. Visit our website, place your order, and your new axle will be shipped out to you within 7 business days. If you need your new axle quicker, to avoid excessive downtime for your business, we do offer 48-hour expedited shipping to certain states nationally. For more details on how to place your order, read this how-to guide, fill out our axle order form, or give the BlueSwift Axle experts a call.  

Advantages of Torsion Axles

So, you may be wondering, are torsion axles the right type of axle for your trailer? In this article, we break down the advantages as well as the disadvantages to help you decide. 

There are several advantages of torsion axles. 

  • Less maintenance required – Torsion axles require less maintenance because they have fewer moving parts than standard spring axles, (no leaf springs, equalizers, or shackle straps)
  • Quiet, smooth ride – Torsion axles offer a quiet and smooth ride because they use rubber cords to cushion the trailer, resulting in no metal-on-metal connections.
  • Stability – Torsion axles are fastened directly to the frame of the trailer, which adds better stability and handling.

Disadvantages of Torsion Axles

While the overall advantages of torsion axles outweigh the disadvantages, it’s still important to highlight any potential drawbacks of buying a torsion axle.

There are a few disadvantages of torsion axles.

  • More expensive – Torsion axles are more expensive than standard spring axles or 4-inch drop axles.
  • Difficult to repair – Oftentimes torsion axles cannot be repaired, only replaced. 

Contact the Axle Experts

BlueSwift Axles will get you back on the road quickly. To get started with your axle replacement, watch this video. We walk you through how to accurately measure and order your axles from from BlueSwift Axles.