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Old 08-02-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Shackle Wear

I recently installed the MOR/Ryde Heavy Duty Shackle Upgrade Kit on our trailer.
This was done more from a pro-active approach then resolving any issue I was having.

However, during the installation a couple of the plastic bushings that were OEM equipment were basically gone and a few of the shackles already started showing wear and elongation of the hole.
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I put the shackle over a circle template to help show the hole elongation that has occurred so far.

This was after only 2 seasons and ~8,000 miles on the trailer.

Just wanted to share this with everyone.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:44 PM   #2
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The more I read about doing this upgrade the more inclined I am to farm it out to our dealer. The write ups I've read make it sound like many heavy jacks, jack stands, presses, hammers and more can come into play. If I manged to get even one thing out and then got stuck, there'd be no option to take it in.
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The more I read about doing this upgrade the more inclined I am to farm it out to our dealer. The write ups I've read make it sound like many heavy jacks, jack stands, presses, hammers and more can come into play. If I manged to get even one thing out and then got stuck, there'd be no option to take it in.
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If it sounds to you like it would be a pain to do, then farm it you. If you have the time, tools and tenacity to figure it out, do it.

I bet my shackles are worn badly. 40k+ miles in 5 years on the original bushings. However, the tires wear true, so I'm not worrying about it.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:28 PM   #4
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The more I read about doing this upgrade the more inclined I am to farm it out to our dealer. The write ups I've read make it sound like many heavy jacks, jack stands, presses, hammers and more can come into play. If I manged to get even one thing out and then got stuck, there'd be no option to take it in.
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You're right. To do the job yourself, you need the right tools.
I did it at a friends place that has done it before and had all the tools required.
We jacked the whole trailer up to take off all 4 wheels.
Took 4 jack stands under the frame and 4 bottle jacks under the u-bolt of each axle, plus the floor jack to jack up the trailer.
It's only a DIY job if you have all the tools and experience.
Fortunately for me I had a camping buddy that had it all.

Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:37 PM   #5
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I did it on another fifth wheel and it was an easy 8 hours for me alone. The second side went twice as fast as the first one.

That said, I am over 10 years older and am a little apprehensive about taking it on.
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