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Old 03-29-2015, 11:25 PM   #1
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Lift for x17z

wondering if any of you have lifted your hybrid. I have the x17z and its clearance is so limited. any suggestions?
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:34 PM   #2
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Nothing is recommended by Jayco, and it will likely void any warranties. That being said, if you have traditional leaf springs, any good spring shop should be able to move the axles to under the springs. That will give you several inches. Just remember that it changes your hitch height, step height for the door, etc.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:35 AM   #3
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What are you towing into that would require a TT lift?
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:29 AM   #4
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Nothing is recommended by Jayco, and it will likely void any warranties. That being said, if you have traditional leaf springs,
The Jayfeather Hybrids have Dexter Torflex axles. No leaf springs. It's also not true that "nothing is recommended by Jayco". There is a 2" lift kit available as a factory option for most Jayfeather Ultralight models, which also applies to the X17Z. I do not know if it can be added after market though. Some people have made their own lift brackets, all they really are is an extra bracket that the axles mount to.

Back when this was still the Kiwi line, Jayco designed these to ride lower than other travel trailers, presumably to reduce drag. My old Kiwi 17a was very low, lower than the current Jayfeather line. Once I learned where I could pull it and not pull it, it wasn't a problem. But these trailers will not clear a lot a business driveways because of their ride height.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:45 AM   #5
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2008 17c, here. I added about 1/2", maybe, by going to 14" tires from the 13" factory tires but that was not the reason for changing wheels and tires. I believe there is space I could have gone to 15" tires which would add 1", but did not pursue that. After adding the new tires I spent $20 to have a hitch guy check out the hitch with the new height. As was mentioned, get that done. The hitch guy made an adjustment.

My driveway loops and an end of the loop angles causing the camper to drag which popped off one of the protective drag angle irons. I got that quickly fixed by a non-camper mechanic by forcing the angled iron back to shape and putting in a new bolt. After that I did not use that end of the loop drive. I've not had any other drag spots I know about in 5 years of camping.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:02 AM   #6
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I went from the factory 185/80/13 tires to 205/75/R14. This gained about 3/4" using the tire calculator on the Discount tire website. Didn't really notice a difference in step height, clearance at dump stations, etc.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:28 PM   #7
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I did my wheel and tire switch at Discount Tire. They had what I needed, and specified, in stock and once tires were mounted allowed me to use my wrench to loosen lug nuts. When I change a tire I have to to know I can get it off. The new wheels and tires weigh about 44 lb each compared with 35 lb for 13".
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:34 AM   #8
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Would the lift kit cause more trailer sway?

When I had to replace two of the factory tires last year, I should have gotten 14 inch, but I was afraid they might hit, or have issues on tight turns.
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Lots of asking about, measuring and reading told me that the added width of the wheel for the 14" tire was all outboard so clearance toward the wheel well would be about the same. Likewise, reading, and then measuring, diameter of wheel & tire showed there was expansion room in the well. At Discount Tire, a quick in/out place, they were very kind to work with me. We mounted one 14" tire, spun it, measured it, pushed/pull on it, put weight on it and convinced me the camper should have always had 14" wheels. The tire is a lower aspect tire so sidewalk flex has not been something I've been concerned about.
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There is very little to be gained by putting on 14" tires, other than the fact that you generally have a higher load rating. The small amount of height you gain isn't enough to make a significant difference.
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