replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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Post by 21ftcc » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:18 pm

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It's that time to replace my trailer leaf springs. I need a second opinion. I would like to locate the axle to the top of the springs. Right now the 2x3 axle is about 6 inches to the bottom of the frame, with the axle being 3" high. I believe I would have to turn the axle so the 2" side was the height. I believe this would leave me about 3 to 3.5 inches to the bottom of the frame. I need to lower my boat as it was always hard to launch and retrieve. Plus I bought a new trailering vehicle.
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Re: replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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Post by Gypseas » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:44 pm

I would come up with some kinda rod contraption on the axle pointing up and resting against the side of the frame. Then fit the rod with something that would slide up and down on it but have enough friction to only be pushed down closer to the axle by the frame. Drive around following your usual trip path and see how much of a deflection you are going to need.

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Re: replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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Post by welder » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:27 pm

Would a drop axle work better, look here>>>> http://www.trailerpart.com/52kdroptraileraxle.htm
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Re: replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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Post by 21ftcc » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:01 am

So finally getting around to replacing the springs. After looking at everything, I noticed that it appears the axle had a one inch half square stock tack welded to the 2x2 axle. Making the axle a 2x3, maybe to strengthen the axle up, who knows why. I've always knew my trailer was really high, 24 inches to the bottom of the coupling, kinda too high even with my truck. I'm at the point I'm going to cut part of the extra inch off the axle near the u bolts only allowing me to place the axle on top of the springs and lower my trailer. Any food for thoughts?
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Re: replacing springs, and flipping the axle

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Post by goatram » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:58 pm

I have 3 Dexter 3500 lb Torsion Bar axles in the yard. Too bad ya don't live closer. Gypsea has a good Idea to see how much movement is at your springs and frame. A rubber dohiki between the frame and the axle might cushion the bumps a little.

A torsion Axle bolts right to the frame and then you can lower it 4 to 6 inches depending. Dexter will make you any size 3500lb axle you want for around $350 SixRobblees or similar trailer supplier can order it. I had to replace my 3500lb with 6000lb ones.
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