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Old 03-08-2016, 06:16 PM   #1
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Junk equalizers.

Replaced whole suspicion two years ago. Saw that it was the culprit of the bad tire wear.



This 400 miles. It had tread this morning. I looked at them while checking pressure.



Called a dealer but not able to get before closing that has the solid cast kind. Hopefully get this junk off in the morning and get on to Arkansas. At least not a blow out. But if you are having constant tire issue might be more than the tires. No I am not saying they don't make junk tires.



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Old 03-08-2016, 07:42 PM   #2
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Could you clarify your post a bit more? I'm just not seeing what part is junk?
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:54 PM   #3
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:59 PM   #4
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In the first picture directly below the bolt to frame is the rubber portion. The first time before replacing I know I had some bind on the axles and forgot to pull up and back to allow the stress off tires,bushing ,etc. I know that I have always relieved any stress after replacing. Usually ten to twenty feet straight pull ups and back. One long 2X8 under both tires on each side. The only conclusion I can see is the springs are not getting equalized and smashing or compacting the rubber bushing. One is 6" from spring eye to spring eye and other is 5.75 or less. Resulting in the center of axles to the axles is around 1". The first time is was 1 3/8" off from axle to axle. Think it is Dexter EZ Flex. 5 years on the China bomb and 2 years on the suspension. There is a better equalizer but I will put shocks on it before install two sets on that junk.


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Passenger side. Just measuring the outside of cap to outside of cap right now.



Driver side.

Last time I replaced all leaf springs put wet lube system went from plastic to bronze bushings, new U bolt, a new equalizers. Everything was brand new in between the frame to the axles. Measuring from the grease fitting to other grease they were exactly the same less than 1/32".

Maybe there is something I don't know how to set up the camper for this equalizer. But I know I won't ruin tires with the solid equalizer.


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Opposite side tire. They looked identical this morning.




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Old 03-09-2016, 12:23 AM   #7
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I'm thinking axle alignment instead of equalizer issue. But then I may not be familiar with rubber equalizers. Would like to hear more when you figure it out!
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Measuring hub to hub won't tell you if your axles are aligned. You need to make diagonal measurements. That will tell you if you are square to the frame.


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My WAG is bent spindle on that one wheel since it is the only one of 4 showing odd wear! Youroo!!
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Measuring hub to hub won't tell you if your axles are aligned. You need to make diagonal measurements. That will tell you if you are square to the frame.


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We did on the first replacement. I did it with a plumb bob and tape and the place I was staying had a friend to do it with laser or some high tech. Ours measurements were within 1/8 or 1/16 of an inch to each other. I think that is good. Just not a fan of that rubber bushing equalizer. If I had stop for fuel could have easy been a blowout and first thought would be China bombs. Don't think tmps would give you a warning. Maybe it just me. I believe when I park the one axle some how one rubber is under pressure compacting creating this problem. Not try to scare any one but just sharing my experience. Hopefully be at the dealership and swap out and be on the road.


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