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Old 03-24-2016, 05:00 PM   #1
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Jack up TT Under Leaf Spring U Bolts?

Having trouble searching on iPhone. Just to raise the wheel an inch to pack bearing and adjust brakes. Can I jack under u-bolt?
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:17 PM   #2
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That is how I plan on doing it in the event I have a flat tire, bought a stubby hydraulic jack.

Shop Torin 20-Ton Stubby Bottle Jack at Lowes.com
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thanks. I have the bottle jack and a chunk of 4x4. I figure if I just barely raise one wheel at a time I should be OK. I will also put a jack stand under the frame.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:12 PM   #4
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I would think that's an awful lot of weight for a skinny little U bolt to support. If you can get at the frame to put in a jack stand that's where i'd be jacking.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:20 PM   #5
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Jack as close to the wheel as possible.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:22 PM   #6
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Always use a stand

But jacking up on the u bolt is a proper method we use on heavy trucks all the time. Also the plate under the axle or on the spring. Just not on the tube unless right next to the plate and u bolts
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:28 PM   #7
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I welded a 6" long piece of 4x4x 1/2 angle to the end of the bottle jack ram so that the "V" is up and lifts against the U-bolts.I use a 20 T jack just because the base and ram are bigger.Ive had this in multiple trailers since the 1970's and it works every time!
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I would think that's an awful lot of weight for a skinny little U bolt to support. If you can get at the frame to put in a jack stand that's where i'd be jacking.
I will be using the 4x4 on top of the jack to spread the load between both bolts. I may just bring my big floor jack as well.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:31 PM   #9
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I welded a 6" long piece of 4x4x 1/2 angle to the end of the bottle jack ram so that the "V" is up and lifts against the U-bolts.I use a 20 T jack just because the base and ram are bigger.Ive had this in multiple trailers since the 1970's and it works every time!
That is a great idea...and a good reason to get out the plasma cutter and welder! Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:15 PM   #10
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good for dual axle trailers

I found a good solution for doing one wheet at a time with a fairly inexpensive device called a Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp. You drive one wheel up on it and the other wheel is held 1.5 inches off the ground. I think it is safer and faster than a hydrolic jack. There are several places to buy them but they are a little cheaper at Amazon.
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