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Old 07-11-2020, 03:59 PM   #1
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Adding suspension to Baja

I have a 242BHS Baja Edition. Would it be possible to add suspension to the leaf springs somehow - shocks (or struts?) to soak up some of the hits driving off road? I think I've seen this on other manufacturer's trailers.
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:20 PM   #2
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Your leaf springs is a basic suspension. As for upgrading, yes it is doable. I am not familiar your 242BHS. Per google images, it looks like a traditional dual axle travel trailer.

I would start by looking for existing kits. I see E-Trailer has some kits. You just want shocks, not struts. If you cannot find a kit that will bolt directly on. Grab a few online pictures of kits, and finished products and speak with a local welding shop. Hardest part is picking the right size shock for your TT.
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I have sumosprings for my 2020 174bh baja! They're not as good as actual shocks but I feel that they do a decent job absorbing some of the bumps that I put it through.

These are the ones I used: https://www.supersprings.com/shop/tss-107-40/
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How much articulation do the shocks or Sumo Springs limit?
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I have a 267BHSW Baja. Owned it a year and a half for about 5,000 miles. Noticed some tire wear and realized the rear axle is bent and all four leaf springs are completely flattened. Of course Jayco could care less and said oh well. This is not our forever RV so I am just being cheap and replacing everything with stock parts. Do you think the Sumo’s will help the leafs from flattening out again? FYI never overloaded. Been to the Cat Scales numerous times. IMO this thing is just under engineered.
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Yes they are supposed to help extend the life of the leaf springs so if you replace them with new parts i would suggest putting the sumosprings in to maximize the lifespan of the suspension. they're probably not going to be a miracle fix or anything like that but should definitely help
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Thanks for the info X! I just ordered them and will hopefully get a chance to bolt them on this week. I appreciate your feedback.
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How much articulation do the shocks or Sumo Springs limit?
Properly installed shocks shouldn't limit anything. If they do you're going to blowout the shock.

The sumo springs are very expensive soft bumpstops. How much travel they limit depends on install. Progressive bumpstops in the automotive world should be $50, so I guess the other 150 are those little metal brackets. You could pay a welder less.
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