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Old 05-13-2016, 01:08 AM   #1
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axle replacement

Hitched to my 2016 Ram 2500 4x4, my Rockwood 8289 was unacceptably high in the front end. I couldn't make any adjustment to the hitch or pin box because there was already inadequate clearance between the truck and trailer. I had two options: trade for a taller trailer or raise the 8289. We chose to remove the stock Dexter 4000 lb. torsion axles which had a 22 degree down angle and replace with new Dexter 5200 lb. with 45 degree down angle. The different angle raised the trailer about 2.3", and mounting hardware added another inch (approx.). The trailer now sits level with the truck, there's 6.25" of clearance between truck and trailer, and the new brake drums are 12" rather than 10". I had to replace the rims since the larger drums have 6 lugs rather than 5, but we stayed with 15" rims so were able use the E rated tires we bought last fall. The project cost a little over $2600, but lots less than trading campers.
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:23 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good project. I'd like to see before and after pictures of it.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:53 PM   #3
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What year 8289ws? I have a lifted 2500 and never had a problem.
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Old 05-18-2016, 01:02 AM   #4
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I'm also considering replacing a Rockwood torsion axle because of spindle scoring. Did you do the work yourself? I figured I might have to pay about that much to have a shop replace just the one. Thanks in advance for the clarification!
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:25 AM   #5
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Frozen,

Happy to hear your axle swap worked out well.

The swap I did on our Rockwood 8315SS from 3500 pound axles to 5200 pound axles was the best investment I could have made.

Well over 20000 towing miles with no problems, tires are wearing evenly.

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Old 05-18-2016, 05:23 AM   #6
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Frozen,

Happy to hear your axle swap worked out well.

The swap I did on our Rockwood 8315SS from 3500 pound axles to 5200 pound axles was the best investment I could have made.

Well over 20000 towing miles with no problems, tires are wearing evenly.

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Are you saying your tires weren't wearing evenly with the 3500 lb axles?...
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Old 05-18-2016, 06:18 AM   #7
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I raised my 8289 for at the Goshen Rally. Dexter makes a lift kit. Cost is $250. Raises axles 2.5 inches. At Goshen it was part of service being performed. A fellow Flagstaff had it installed at his dealer for $400 in the midwest.
I am happy and had clearance of 6 inches with the F 150 and close to 8 inches with the F 250.
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B And B. Did not l know Dexter made a lift kit. Where did you purchase it. I need my lifted to clear my driveway approach. Do u have any pics of it lifted?
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B And B. Did not l know Dexter made a lift kit. Where did you purchase it. I need my lifted to clear my driveway approach. Do u have any pics of it lifted?
They can be purchased at eTrailer. This kit raises trailer by about 3"
Torflex Lift Kit - Tandem Axle - 2-7/8" Lift Dexter Accessories and Parts K71-724-02
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Are you saying your tires weren't wearing evenly with the 3500 lb axles?...
Three of the spindles on my 4000 lb. stock axles were bent when I took delivery of the trailer so those tires were ruined in 6,000 miles. Spindles on my new 5200 lb. axles should handle bad potholes or the occasional curb a little better.
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