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Old 08-25-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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Axle Flip done on the Grey Wolf 26DBH

Well after toying with the idea for sometime and some cringing while leaving the driveway we did the axle flip. Now I have a foot of clearance from the driveway. We gained about 5" from the stock height. Might need to add a three fold out step, currently have a two stepper. Might just get a step stool, but we will see how the next trip goes.

I will upgrade to 15" rims and probably light truck tires when they current 14" westlakes tires poop out.

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And yes it had been rubbing but not no more!!!


Added some reflective tape to the basket to avoid those bad drivers... Hopefully.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:31 AM   #2
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I did an axle flip after our first trip out and all has been great; never drag again. I've done 5yrs with several cross country trips and only good times.
I do carry a step and made up four sets of three 2x6s screwed together for stabilizer bases.
I saw at CampingWorld they now have an adjustable step for those sloping campsites, it’s on my list.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:57 PM   #3
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Yeah they are pricey, almost the cost of just changing the step to a three step model from the current two step.

My initial concern was increasing sway with the rise of the center of gravity. But after seeing others who have done this say they were good I think I will not look back either.. Thank you for the advised on the jacks. I did check to make sure they could tough the ground still but I may make some higher pads as well to ease the deployment of the stabilizers.
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I doubt you have room for 15 wheels and tires. The space between with quickly disappear.
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Plenty of room in there for the 15's. I can get the rims and a tire one size larger (about and inch taller. Just looking to get a higher load rating really.
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I have almost the same unit that you have. I was thinking about doing the swap just like you did. Have you towed it since you raised it?? I was wondering if it towed different?? Also was the trailer brake wires long enough or did you need to extend them??
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I have almost the same unit that you have. I was thinking about doing the swap just like you did. Have you towed it since you raised it?? I was wondering if it towed different?? Also was the trailer brake wires long enough or did you need to extend them??
Wires had plenty of slack in them. I have not towed more than in and out of the driveway the 2 miles to the trailer shop. I did not have the WD on during this period. I will get back to you on the towing part, towing to NJ this week (130 miles each way) so I will be able to get a good feel. From my investigations into this other did not notice a big difference.
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what is an axle flip??
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Trailer stock has the axle on top of the leaf Springs. I had the axle put under the leaf Springs. Effectively raises the trailer inches. Our went up 4.5 or so inches.

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I have a 2013 Grey Wolf Select and after a 4000 mile trip I noticed excessive tread wear on the outer edges of two tires. I took the trailer to an axle and frame shop and the problem was improper alignment. Also the factory axles are not the strongest and they tend to bend so I am replacing the factory axles with heavier duty axles and having the springs beefed up by adding a leaf or two. This will raise the trailer by about 2" which should be adequate for better clearance.
I have also purchased skid wheels to attach to the skid plates to prevent damage to the skid plates. The other issue is with the factory tires which show considerable tread wear after only 4000 miles. I am replacing them with the Maxxis brand which have excellent reviews.
To ensure proper wheel alignment, the shop suggests having the wheels aligned at least every 6 years depending on miles travelled.
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