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Old 11-01-2018, 06:29 PM   #1
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2005 23B 6" Lift

So I was tired of dragging on everything is sight and having the dump station 3" higher than my black water connection so I decided to fabricate my own lift kit, since no commercial options were available.
Here are a few shots of the process in case anyone's interested. (Assuming I attached them properly...)
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Looks great.
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Old 11-02-2018, 05:33 AM   #3
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Does look great!!! I like that idea.


How did you fab those brackets? Laser cut?
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:58 AM   #4
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The spacer tubes were done in a milling machine and the brackets were done with a waterjet.
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Thank you BTW. It's all part of my "Boondocking Upgrade"!
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Thank you BTW. It's all part of my "Boondocking Upgrade"!
My 2017 has the Baja package with the factory axle flip and larger tires. We can get it in to places that would have been otherwise off limits with our other trailers. That extra ground clearance is well worth it if you are heading off the paved road at any point.
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:56 AM   #7
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That is awesome!
I only did a 3" plus gained an additional 1" from tires and it made a huge different. Didn't notice any difference in towing it though, which was nice.
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The spacer tubes were done in a milling machine and the brackets were done with a waterjet.
That's the way these should have been built to start with!
Can you share plans and specs, or fabricate and sell another set? Or...it's winter here in MN so I could leave my rig with you for a couple months! [emoji41]
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That is awesome!
I only did a 3" plus gained an additional 1" from tires and it made a huge different. Didn't notice any difference in towing it though, which was nice.
I was thinking about getting larger tires, mostly just to help fill the gap. What size did you go with, and did you stay with your stock rims?
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That's the way these should have been built to start with!
Can you share plans and specs, or fabricate and sell another set? Or...it's winter here in MN so I could leave my rig with you for a couple months! [emoji41]
I completely agree. I'm not in the business of production. I stay busy enough, but I wouldn't mind posting the plans for those who are interested. With a drill and some common cutting tools you could totally fab these in your garage.
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I was thinking about getting larger tires, mostly just to help fill the gap. What size did you go with, and did you stay with your stock rims?
I did not stick with stock wheels because the 19h came with 13". I went up to a 205/75D14 tire. Factory size is 185/80R13C. So the overall height difference was 1.8" or .9" lift. Plus this size has a higher carrying capacity.
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Very nice.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:38 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by EvilDoer That's the way these should have been built to start with!
Can you share plans and specs, or fabricate and sell another set? Or...it's winter here in MN so I could leave my rig with you for a couple months!


Finally got around to drawing up some plans for the kit. Hopefully I can post a .pdf.

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Thank you BTW. It's all part of my "Boondocking Upgrade"!

Very nicely done.
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Thank you sir.
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Great Job! this is how I did my 01 Kiwi 17.
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Very nice. Have you had any issues with it since, or wished you hadn't done it, or is it all good? I'm thinking I may have to install longer stabilizer jacks.
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Very nice. Wish I had seen this post a week ago!

I just posted how I lifted a Kiwi 17A. Same axle flange as yours. But went a little different direction. Maybe even slightly simpler. Got a full 6" out of it. 14" or 15" tires will be next along with a replacement 2 or 3 step folding step. Depends on how tight I want them to tuck under.

Just looked at your prints. You went all the way my friend! Your flange is the same footprint as mine. Yours is much "beefier" to say the least. If my axle decides it wants to depart, this will be v2.0!


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Very nice. Wish I had seen this post a week ago!
I just posted how I lifted a Kiwi 17A. Same axle flange as yours. But went a little different direction. Maybe even slightly simpler. Got a full 6" out of it. 14" or 15" tires will be next along with a replacement 2 or 3 step folding step. Depends on how tight I want them to tuck under.
Just looked at your prints. You went all the way my friend! Your flange is the same footprint as mine. Yours is much "beefier" to say the least. If my axle decides it wants to depart, this will be v2.0!
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Thank you Sir! Yes, I was concerned about side loading so I included the rectangular tubing. It seems to do pretty well. I haven't had a change to take her on a trip yet, but I did drag her around a little after the lift.
I've also been looking into a two-step. I found this one here that looks like it will do the job:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001U7E030...GEI2U521&psc=0
I may also need some longer stabilizer jacks.
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Well, I dragged mine down 50+ miles of crappy state highways (Louisiana). Then about 5 miles of nasty dirt/rock/rutted road to primitive WMA campground. Seemed to hold!

Replacing the tent camper jacks are in order. Traditional scissor jack from Amazon are in order!

Have a thread in "Hybrid" about it.

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