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Old 05-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Shackles.... or Axel Flip?....

I have a rather low TT that's capable of being towed by a car or small SUV.

I could greatly benefit from a few extra inches of height to alleviate back dragging and burying the jack pad in the pavement....it will also help me with septic draining.

The axel flip gains 5-6" and it's all - or none....too much of a raise for my WDH. Does anyone have experience with changing the shackles? I think this will allow me a better height selection.

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*deleted post*....thought I found the answer at Dexters website....wrong axel type

I am aware they (shackels) can cause lateral motion in excess lengthening (I had a 4" shackel lift on my Jeep)....I'm just looking to gain 1.5-2"
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1.5 or 2 inches really wont do much for gaining clearance. If you have a single axle trailer the longer shackels would probably work for you. If you have a double axle trailer longer shackles may bend when turning hard like backing into places. You can always remove your hitch head, turn the hitch over so it is pointing up and gain several inches for your weight distribution hitch. Just a thought.
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You can always remove your hitch head, turn the hitch over so it is pointing up and gain several inches for your weight distribution hitch. Just a thought.
Thanks for the thoughts. My head bar (or whatever you call it) is positioned downward and I have (1) more upward adjustment before flipping. Each adjustment is 3" so that's in the range of the lift I'm trying to accomplish.
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just to clarify you DO have leafsprings and not torsion type? Im in the same spot as you with the low clearance issue but running torsion axel and the lightweight frame wont support a weld in spacer for the axel mount (or atleast not suggested).
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I have leaf springs....thanks.
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With leaf springs you can also replace the equalizer shackle, to gain a bit more height. We did it many years ago on the parents TT, when we broke one near Helena MT. The repair shop apologized immensely when we picked up the TT as it was a few inches higher. My dad was happy with the results as this allowed him to put on the LT tires that he wanted. The equalizer shackle we installed probably raised the TT about 2-3 inches. The originals as I recall was basically a piece of U-Chanel. The new ones looked like a triangle, and was very beefy.
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OK, what I thought. How about welding on longer front spring hangers and a small rear shackel lift? I believe with the shackels 1" of extra length over stock length yield 1/2" of lift. I think if any springs with more lift or arch will be too harsh on your TT.
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OK, what I thought. How about welding on longer front spring hangers and a small rear shackel lift? I believe with the shackels 1" of extra length over stock length yield 1/2" of lift. I think if any springs with more lift or arch will be too harsh on your TT.
I came to the same conclusions. It could done - but it's going to involve welding and fabricating (most of which I cant do) and that's going to run up the cost up.

I had an epiphany earlier today....I can confidently and economically install the axel flip with a kit from Dexter ($40). The axel flip gains 5-6 inches. I would then LOWER the springs in the spring holders and shackles by 2" simply by drilling new bolt holes.....this would yield a net height increase of 3-4"

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You might be happy with just the flip but after the axel flip I'd start with the front hanger first to see what that gives you. the rear shackel, if you drill it up higher (say 1/2 the distance) to lower the TT some after the flip brings the spring eye pretty close to the sharp corner of the rear hanger mount. might have contact in an extreme compression situation but could hit that with a grinder to round it off some. be aware that shorting up your shackel swing reduces the spring movement which could rough up the ride some. dont forget some pics of the finished product whenever you get to it.
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