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Old 08-22-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Lift kit install on 8289WS

I am going to install a lift kit on my 8289WS. Looking for suggestions on lifting the trailer enough (app. 3 inches) to install the kit. I am thinking of pulling the trailer up on blocks with one axle similar idea to the tire changing ramps. Is this too much weight on one axle for the amount of time it takes to drop the axle and install the lift blocks? The alternative is to lift the trailer on the frame between the axles and place my jack stands on the frame cross rails fore/aft of the axles. I think this would work just fine because I don't have to remove the axles. I would prefer option 1.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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type in Dexter lift kit installation and you should be good to go. Serge
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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I am going to install a lift kit on my 8289WS. Looking for suggestions on lifting the trailer enough (app. 3 inches) to install the kit. I am thinking of pulling the trailer up on blocks with one axle similar idea to the tire changing ramps. Is this too much weight on one axle for the amount of time it takes to drop the axle and install the lift blocks? The alternative is to lift the trailer on the frame between the axles and place my jack stands on the frame cross rails fore/aft of the axles. I think this would work just fine because I don't have to remove the axles. I would prefer option 1.

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imo It will be fine, the axle will hold just fine. use wide board ramps to lift one axle about two-three inches staggered height. Then if you have them put out chalks and stabilizers down and sissor jacks under frame for more stabilization, and not really for 'lift'. Then pull the tires off your lifted axle.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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Here's a link to the Dexter lift kit installation that 'Mac rv' referred to... http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/...x_Lift_Kit.pdf

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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Jeepman71, I have the same model as you do, can you please tell why you would want to install a lift kit to the axle? I find that I have plenty of clearance to my wheel well even with putting on Marathons D rated tires. Just being curious .
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Thanks for the link Dave_Monica.

gljurczyk, I am installing the lift kit because the clearance is limited and getting smaller. In the pic below you can see there is barely enough room for two fingers. This weekend there is barely enough room for one. I am taking it to Forrest River in October. At that time they can determine if I need new axles. I will like the lift kit because it sets a touch low on my truck anyway.
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I'm a little surprised that the lift kit doesn't include any extra cross bracing between the axle spacers. I've attached a photo of the axle mounting/spacer arrangement of our 8280WS...I believe that your 8289WS will be the same. I'm no structural engineer but adding a 3" spacer below the existing ones and no extra cross brace doesn't seem right to me.

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I have the 8289WS as well. After running 2 lane roads up to Grand Bend and Kincardine for a week away I smell a rubber type smell. Tires never are hot, warm. Running 4 lane 401 for 2 hours to Rondeau the rubber smell is less. We have 1200 km on the trailer now. Wondering if anyone else has this rubber smell, assumption is the axle working as it should. Is there a break in period for the axles?

jeepman I was under my rig installing a Sirus antenna lead and noted pretty tight clearance as well but not as bad as you have on yours. Please keep us updated on the axle situation for the 8289.

Mine was built Nov 2012 and is the mid production modified front fibreglass with more headroom.

My trailer weight is 8800 lbs, pin weight is 1750 lbs all with specs of 9500 lbs gross, max pin for the hitch of 2000 lbs.

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I have the 8289WS as well. After running 2 lane roads up to Grand Bend and Kincardine for a week away I smell a rubber type smell. Tires never are hot, warm. Running 4 lane 401 for 2 hours to Rondeau the rubber smell is less. We have 1200 km on the trailer now. Wondering if anyone else has this rubber smell, assumption is the axle working as it should. Is there a break in period for the axles?
Have you checked the top of the wheel wells for tire rub?

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I'm a little surprised that the lift kit doesn't include any extra cross bracing between the axle spacers. I've attached a photo of the axle mounting/spacer arrangement of our 8280WS...I believe that your 8289WS will be the same. I'm no structural engineer but adding a 3" spacer below the existing ones and no extra cross brace doesn't seem right to me.
I do agree with your thoughts Dave. I am going to use some 1/4x1 1/2 flat metal and drill and mount it to the bolts to help stabilize it laterally and drill the lift block on the bottom to bolt up through the axle mounting bracket and the lift block. This should help. I don't think it would be any more side stress than longer shackles on spring lifts. I would also think the axle is going to help in the way of a cross brace.
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