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Old 08-28-2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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Clipper 17FQ axle flip

I decided to do the axle flip and change to 205/75r15 tires. The axle flip took me about 2 hrs and was not hard. I used the Dexter K71-384-00 kit that I purchased on Amazon for about $44. After the installation was complete I had the spring perches welded. I changed to15 inch wheels and Greenball Towmaster SS radials in load range D. With the Axle flip and tire swap I gained about 6 inches of clearance. I think to seems to tow better as well. A bit more stable and braking was improved.



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Old 08-28-2016, 08:02 PM   #2
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When I flipped our axle I also added shocks and I think that made more of a difference in the way the trailer handled/towed than anything else I have have done to it.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:08 PM   #3
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Nice! Especially the shocks.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:59 PM   #4
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Is that the lippert shock kit? how diffucult was the install?
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The only thing that worked from the kit was the bottom mounts and shocks, I had to build the top mount of my own design to keep the proper angle for the shocks to operate correctly. Wasn't hard to do just aggravating having to do it. Anyone that can weld can easily make them from scratch. Could have modified the ones from the kit but it was simpler to just start over.

First pic is the one from the kit, it has a cut on one corner where I started to mod it but changed my mind. The second is the one I made.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:10 PM   #6
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Nice work! I have a friend with the welding equipment and skills, I'll have to show him yours and try to duplicate it. I'm sure it will make a big difference in handling to add the shocks. I'm heading out for a 10 day 2000 mile trip to Colorado a week from Friday so it will have to wait until I return. Wish I had thought about it earlier...
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