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Old 07-22-2014, 01:03 PM   #21
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Dexter sell lift kits for Torflex on their website. If one of these is the correct part for your axles then that should be pretty close to the price FR should sell it to you for.
Thats what I have asked for in Goshen. The rear wheel has more load than the front due to truck hitch height. Cant lower the hitch or the box will be hit on uneven ground at Provincial Parks or getting in my Driveway at home.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:35 PM   #22
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I merely stated how I would do it if it were mine. You can do it anyway you so desire. You ask, I replied, if you don't like the way I would do, that's fine too. Good luck!

p.s. I bet I wouldn't have to go back and re-do it tho' for any failure.
I am asking what exactly do you mean you would do? I am asking if you would be adding to the length of the entire frame or just around the axles?
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I am asking what exactly do you mean you would do? I am asking if you would be adding to the length of the entire frame or just around the axles?
On my trailer there is a tube framework that the complete tandem axle suspension is attached to. I would make another tubular framework out of 2x4x3/16" steel tubing and remove the suspension, install the new framework (skip welded to existing framework)and reattach the suspension. The new framework would be approx. 5' x 8' rectangle, thus the approx. 30' (26'actual) of tubing.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:48 PM   #24
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On my trailer there is a tube framework that the complete tandem axle suspension is attached to. I would make another tubular framework out of 2x4x3/16" steel tubing and remove the suspension, install the new framework (skip welded to existing framework)and reattach the suspension. The new framework would be approx. 5' x 8' rectangle, thus the approx. 30' (26'actual) of tubing.
Thanks, I think I have it now. I should have found this picture earlier. All mine has currently is a r shaped piece of steel that seems to be part of the axle housing itself. A bracket hanging down from the inside is bolted to that. The items from Dexter seem to be an addition between the frame and axle. That is where the additional framing would need to be installed instead, right?

Edit: I know if I added a box section it would need to account for that hose somehow.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #25
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Thanks, I think I have it now. I should have found this picture earlier. All mine has currently is a r shaped piece of steel that seems to be part of the axle housing itself. A bracket hanging down from the inside is bolted to that. The items from Dexter seem to be an addition between the frame and axle. That is where the additional framing would need to be installed instead, right?

Edit: I know if I added a box section it would need to account for that hose somehow.
That's what I'd do. Move the hose down to the center of the new framework and drill a hole in the framework or just notch the framework for the hose.
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That's what I'd do. Move the hose down to the center of the new framework and drill a hole in the framework or just notch the framework for the hose.
Thanks! Once I got the idea/picture that is similar to what I saw a guy had done to his leaf spring suspension. I just couldn't picture that with these.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #27
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As an update, we spent the week camping. It is clear that I need a little extra height with this trailer. I couldn't easily (without checking) get everywhere we tried to go because the drain and bump stops are so low.

I did follow DaveSchwartz advice above and contacted Dexter. They wanted my axle serial numbers to verify which kit I need to lift it using the manufacturers parts. It looks like an inexpensive, quick and easy solution to my problem. This is the link to the kit Dexter told me to get for my trailer/axle combo: Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - #10 Torflex Lift Kit (K71-707-02) It seems like everyone would need to send their serial numbers to make sure they get the right parts kit.

The answer from Dexter did come with a disclaimer about side mounting only, which mine is.


Thanks to all for the suggestions!


PS I never did get a firm answer from Surveyor, on their solution.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:17 PM   #28
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Lift Kit update

This box from Dexter arrived today. Now to find time to install it. . .
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:13 AM   #29
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Installed the lift kit

It took the better part of the day to do this by myself, but I think it will be worth it. The drain valve is noticeably higher even with the hitch at the original height.

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The kit was pretty easy and the instructions were good (with the exception of no alignment instruction). I greased the wheel bearings while I had it up in the air.

Now to dial in the hitch again . . .
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It took the better part of the day to do this by myself, but I think it will be worth it. The drain valve is noticeably higher even with the hitch at the original height.

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The kit was pretty easy and the instructions were good (with the exception of no alignment instruction). I greased the wheel bearings while I had it up in the air.

Now to dial in the hitch again . . .
I'd take it to your local "Trailer shop" and have it aligned.

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