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Old 04-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #11
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I'll be happy to send a pic as soon as I get to the house this evening.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #12
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Ok, here it is. You can see the leaf spring and it looks like a torsion axle to me but I don't know. What do you think?
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:05 PM   #13
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That's a leaf spring. Nothing torsion about it. Go back to my post, #4, and click the link. There are post that that thread that thread that specifically discuss raising a leaf spring axle, which you have, and a torsion spring axle, which you don't have. It ain't easy, it ain't cheap, and it isn't advisable, but it is your trailer, and your money and time.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #14
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It is a drop axel not torsion in order to raise it the best way would be to replace the axels with a straight one no drop which from looking at your picture would give you about 4" lift but then everything else would have to be changed to fit truck and your ramp, steps, ETC. might be to costly to change.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:10 AM   #15
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Unless you are planning on doing some off road I don't think you need to worry about the plumbing... I have not hit anything with the plumbing yet...yet....
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:13 AM   #16
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I do plan to take it off the beaten path for hunting. Drop axle would explain it, didn't think of that. It looks very similar to a torsion axle. Does anyone know if you can turn the axle tube on a drop axle or is it solid? I guess if nothing else I can go with the larger tires and wheels and at least get a couple inches more clearance.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:09 PM   #17
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I use my trailer for the same thing and 95% of my other camping is boondocking off the beaten path as well. Ground clearance is very important to me. I was really happy when I got my Greywolf 19rr and the ground clearance it had. I swaped the 14" tires and wheels for 15" tires and wheels in a larger size and gained another 1" of ground clearance. As it sits now from the ground to the lowest point on my drain piping is about 13". The ramp angle is a little steeper but not a problem for my ATV.
If I were you I would look at the spring hangers and equalizer first. This would be the cheapest and may allow for a taller tire as well. If not then look at moving the springs to the top of the axle. I have done it both ways and neither one is a big deal.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #19
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Sometimes you have to help yourself. Post #4 in this thread, contains a link to here:

Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Over/Under Conversion Kits

It is an axle conversion kit that allows you to move the springs from below the axle to above the axle.

Now to answer, your other question, no you can't turn the axles over. There is a bow in them, that keeps the camber where it should be. If you turn them over, the alignment is all wrong, and it will eat tires like a kid eats candy.

As for towing that thing off road, I hope you have a big truck, as it will get very heavy towing in the woods.
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Thanks for all the tips. Yes, I have a 1 ton 4x4 truck to pull it with.
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