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Old 06-11-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Suspension bushings

I have my TT in getting the bearings repacked and the brakes gone over prior to our west coast trip in two weeks. I was told the original nylon bushings are worn and need replacing. The trailer was new last year and has about 7,000km or 4,300 miles from our east coast trip last year. I am having them replaced with brass bushings that have grease fittings which I hope will last a lot longer.
Is it normal for the bushings to wear this quick? We definitely were not over loaded at anytime as I keep the weight down to a minimum.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:04 AM   #2
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Yes it is especially on a rig that is towed a lot.
The Mod is called a "wet kit" and many owners do the job themselves. I installed it on my last rig and this one is in need of them. I purchases a set of bushings that do not have the grease fitting but are impregnated with lubricant.

I just need time to do it.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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Just did this mod 2 weeks ago and the thin plastic bushing from the factory is not worth much. It's about as thick as a soda bottle and also about as durable. The kit will also provide you with heavier shackles to support the springs as well. It took me a little over an hour a side to do it as the nuts were not rusted up.

The kit runs about $90.00 from Mor Ryde.
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Wow, I'm not sure I like this forum........my to do list keeps growing. LOL. You guys have got me thinking now. A couple of years ago I had a tweaked axle. Instead of getting the standard RV axle I went with a slightly narrower, in stock axle and just replaced both. I think the Jayco had 86 1/2" and I'm at 86" now. They are readily available and not a custom order. Being in Alaska I like to plan ahead. So I want to say that my suspension equalizer says Mor/ryde already, I'm at work now but will check when I get home. I'd like to replace the shackles at a minimum if they dont' have them already. I was looking at Mor/ryde's site and they said to raise the whole trailer at once. Those of you who have swapped to the better shackles, did you do this or do one side at a time? Also, part numbers, how many different ones are there? Did you guys just call Mor/ryde direct? Thanks.
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I did mine on two different trailers. I think it is much easier to do one side at a time. Having the opposite side on he ground stabilizes everything and makes it easier to do.

It is easier to do with two people - there is a lot of moving this a bit so that that will fit. One to move, one to fasten; one to hold the bolt still, one to tighten the nut.

I think I called Mor-Ryde direct and recall them being easy to deal with.
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I did one side at a time. Supported it on 2 Jack stands and used 2 bottle jacks to raise and lower the axles. I also had it connected to the truck for more stability.
I had a mix of suspension parts and had to order some from Dexter and some from MorRyde. Took 6 hours for the first side and less that 4 for the second side.
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Has anyone tried or know of anyone trying these? I don't know if they are for Lippert only...

Double Axle Suspension Bushings - Lippert Components Inc 279685 - Suspension Products - Camping World

They say, "Replace worn shackle links and parts with an upgrade kit that includes maintenance-free, permanently lubricated Never-Fail bushings. More economical and far more durable than conventional wet bolts with bronze bushings. Youíll never have to worry about worn spring bushings again!"

Too good to be true? Reality or marketing hype?
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Has anyone tried or know of anyone trying these? I don't know if they are for Lippert only...

Double Axle Suspension Bushings - Lippert Components Inc 279685 - Suspension Products - Camping World

They say, "Replace worn shackle links and parts with an upgrade kit that includes maintenance-free, permanently lubricated Never-Fail bushings. More economical and far more durable than conventional wet bolts with bronze bushings. Youíll never have to worry about worn spring bushings again!"

Too good to be true? Reality or marketing hype?
But you still don't get the extra thick shackles. The bolts are grade 8 with a zerk for 2-3 pumps initially, then one a year and you are good to go.

I did one side at a time with my bottle jack and scizzors down for added safety. For 90 dollars it's a must do IMHO.
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Suspension Springs

I'm not much of a DYI type and when installing the "kit" is there any chance of knocking your alignment out of whack? Just had my axles aligned and wouldn't want to spend another $125.00 anytime soon.
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Has anyone tried or know of anyone trying these? I don't know if they are for Lippert only...

Double Axle Suspension Bushings - Lippert Components Inc 279685 - Suspension Products - Camping World

They say, "Replace worn shackle links and parts with an upgrade kit that includes maintenance-free, permanently lubricated Never-Fail bushings. More economical and far more durable than conventional wet bolts with bronze bushings. You’ll never have to worry about worn spring bushings again!"

Too good to be true? Reality or marketing hype?
This is what I was referring in my post #2 . I have them but have not installed them yet.
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