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Old 05-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #21
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Right side complete, now to wait on the sun go to the other side of the camper so I can start on the left side. Front ones are the challenge getting a wrench down inside the tubes to hold the bolts/nuts. Ended up inserting a box end 9/16" inside a pc of thin tubing and smashing the end down around the wrench. Once that was done then the problem is finding the bolt with the wrench inside a 2x2 tube. After about 5 minutes, success.

Have attached a picture of what the brake wire routing is after taping the insulating sleeve back together. Would be a good thing for everyone to inspect as this trailer is only 4 months old and came from the factory with the wires rubbing the inside hub. Not good for Alko's reputation.

p.s. I do still have some tools left in the garage.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #22
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Left side is going to have to be a different setup. The shaft for the slide out prevents mounting the shock perfectly vertical like the rh side. The left shocks will be mounted on 25degree angle from vertical to get the necessary travel. Don't believe this will have much effect on the dampening affect.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:48 PM   #23
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Right side complete, now to wait on the sun go to the other side of the camper so I can start on the left side. Front ones are the challenge getting a wrench down inside the tubes to hold the bolts/nuts. Ended up inserting a box end 9/16" inside a pc of thin tubing and smashing the end down around the wrench. Once that was done then the problem is finding the bolt with the wrench inside a 2x2 tube. After about 5 minutes, success.

Have attached a picture of what the brake wire routing is after taping the insulating sleeve back together. Would be a good thing for everyone to inspect as this trailer is only 4 months old and came from the factory with the wires rubbing the inside hub. Not good for Alko's reputation.

p.s. I do still have some tools left in the garage.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #24
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Left rear complete, left front to go, but the sun is up and it's too hot to mess with it. Maybe another hr's work and this little project will be finished. Will take pictures of the left front.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:11 AM   #25
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I as well think this project is headed in the right direction!
Looks superb in my opinion. And I believe this mod will get a lot of the suspension issues your experiencing well under control.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #26
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My only objective of the whole project is to see if it will reduce or eliminate the "porpoising/dolphing" which seems to be inheritant with 5vers more so that tongue trailers. It really isn't any worse than with the tongue trailer on a wavy highway and I wanted to do it on the tongue trailer, but just was too lazy. Glad I held off. If all the brackets, etc. were made, the whole project could be done in around 8 hrs, which is not bad, 2 hrs/wheel. I am also filling the hub cavities with Lucas Red "N" Tacky #2 Lithium grease with a 540degree drop point, so I should be set for travel this winter.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:02 PM   #27
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Did you see this?
http://www.shockwarehouse.com/site/mon_retrokit.cfm

http://www.monroeheavyduty.com/produ...rofit_kits.asp
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #28
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Yes, even emailed them for a kit for an Alko axle and they don't have one. Would have loved to get a factory kit as opposed to designing and fabricating the 8 brackets. Oh well, just about finished. If anyone is interested, I will save the patterns.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #29
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Yes, even emailed them for a kit for an Alko axle and they don't have one. Would have loved to get a factory kit as opposed to designing and fabricating the 8 brackets. Oh well, just about finished. If anyone is interested, I will save the patterns.
Mine has leafs. Looking into Monroe kit. I think I'll wait a few days approximately about the time you road trip yours to be exact!
I think you'll be satisfied.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:03 PM   #30
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JOB COMPLETE! Of course the last one was the easiest, would have been done earlier, but the sun and 80d make old people perspire which we don't like to do. Pictures in the album. Now, to make a the test run maybe tomorrow if I feel ambitious, if not, it will be in a couple of weeks as both of our boys will be here this weekend. One from a job site in PA and the other from his home in Lonoke, AR. First time in over a yr that we will all be together again. World of Outlaws Sprint Car races on the Dirt Track in Concord Fri night with the oldest.

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